Archived events

These are the archived events for the Linlithgow Group, from the start of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 71, Summer 2018).

April 2018

Sunday 1 April   B+ walk   24.25km/15 miles
Hills above Forgandenny. A long circular walk from Forgandenny taking in Culteuchar Hill, Castle Law Hill Fort and West Dron Hill. A mix of good paths/road and rough ground. May be muddy in places depending on the weather. Some steepish ascents. Ascent 610m (2000ft). OS 58/366, NO086181. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: B Beattie 07973439516

Wednesday 4 April   B+ walk   16km/10 miles
Bealach na Searmoin and Killiecrankie from Pitlochry. A low level walk across open moorland near Ben Vrackie and returning via River Garry, Soldier’s Leap at Killiecrankie and Loch Faskally. Ascent 625m (2050ft). OS 52, NN936582. Dep. WP 08:30

Wednesday 4 April   C walk   8km/5 miles
Dalkeith & Newbattle. Starting from Dalkeith and following the South Esk towards the Lothian Bridge Viaduct, returning via Newbattle Abbey College. Good paths and minimal ascent. Ascent minimal. OS 66. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: 7955651145

Saturday 7 April   B walk   12.75km/8 miles
Primrose hill and Loch Katrine circular. A pleasant walk beside Loch Katrine, then uphill using good forestry tracks and paths with stunning views. Then descending back to the lochside and return. There may be a car park charge. Ascent 290m (948ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 8 April  C walk   8km/5 miles
This walk will be the postponed walk from the 4th of March. From Cockleroy car park, (optional ascent of Cockleroy) along various paths within Beecraigs Country Park, calling in at the Hideway cafe, on the return to the cars. Ground will be muddy in places. Departure, by car, from The Cross is at 13:00

Wednesday 11 April  B walk   11.75km/7 miles
Loch Ard Forest with basic map-reading skills, originally scheduled for 14th March. Loch Ard is a very beautiful loch near Aberfoyle. As we walk, taking in the stunning scenery, we will attempt to follow our marked route and notice symbols, contours and paths marked on the maps. We will use Forestry Commission maps (1km=5cm) which are larger scale than regular OS maps, but easier to spot small features on. Ascent 300m (985ft). OS 57, NN498010. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 11 April   C+ walk   11.25km/7 miles
Westerwood Circular. A pleasant walk starting from Dobbie’s garden centre, Cumbernauld, taking in Dullater, Croy, Craigmarloch, and Carrickstone, then return to Westerwood. Ascent 165m (535ft). OS 64, NS767766. Dep. WP 10:00

Wednesday 11 April   D walk   4.75km/3 miles
The Kelpies. Walk from Falkirk Stadium into Helix Park past the Kelpies and along the canal and back. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30

Friday 13 – Monday 16 April Islay A weekend
Port Askaig Hotel booked for 18. So unless someone drops out the weekend is full. OS 60/61.
Contact A Barclay (0131 441 7089/07967 077265) for details and bookings. Contact: A. Barclay

Saturday 14 April  C walk  10km/6 miles
Aberfoyle circular. Walk will be about 10km (6miles) on forestry paths, visiting Lochan Spling, the old Kirk and the Fairy Tree on Doune Hill. There will be options to avoid ascents of about 195m (640ft) OS57/365 NN523008. Dep. W.P. 09:30 (This walk replaces the Abercorn to Society walk which has been rescheduled to the 21st April at the request of the walk leader)

Sunday 15 April  A walk   14km/9 miles
Sgiath Chuil attracts little attention from Glen Dochart, being set well back from the road across moorland. Although there is a fair amount of boggy ground the hill does provide a good viewpoint. The use of ice axe and crampons will be advised pending conditions at the time. Ascent 951m (3120ft). OS 51, NN448275. Dep. WP 07:45. Contact: John Allen 07710766119

Wednesday 18 April  B walk 9.5km/6 miles
Maam Road Walk by Comrie. Pleasant circular on paths of varying quality through woodland and over open hillside. Fine views from Lord Melville’s monument. Ascent 200m (650ft). OS 52, NN773220. Dep. WP 08:30 Contact: Norrie Watson 07939 201649 (This walk replaces the cancelled A walk)

Wednesday 18 April  A walk   9.5km/6 miles WALK CANCELLED
Meall Corranaich (1069m)/Meall a’ Choire Leith (926m). 2 Munros at the western end of the Ben Lawers range. Start point is at top of road between Loch Tay and Glen Lyon. This is an anti clockwise trip over some rough moorland and some peat hags before ascending Meall Corranaich. We next head in a northerly direction to our second munro after passing crags at little Coire Liath. Ascent 670m (2200ft). OS 51, NN595414. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Norrie Watson 07939 201649 (Walk cancelled due to snow conditions on the hills and approach road)

Wednesday 18 April   C walk   8km/5 miles
Falkirk Wheel and Rough Castle. Start at Falkirk Wheel north car park (access from A803/A883 at the roundabout by “The Wheelhouse”) then Forth and Clyde Canal tow path to Bonnybridge, Antonine Wall and Rough Castle, and back to the Falkirk Wheel. Ascent 50m (160ft). OS 65, NS854805. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 21 April  Slow A walk   6km/3¾ miles
Tinto Hill. Isolated Donald/Graham 711m(2334ft) overlooking Lanarkshire & beyond with an ascent on the quieter, steeper, southern side of the hill. Start from Wiston Lodge entry road. Ascent 454m (1500ft). OS 72, NS957322. Dep. WP 08:30

Saturday 21 April  C walk   8km/5 miles
Abercorn to Society and back. Walk from Abercorn Church to Society by quiet country tracks paths and roads. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30 (Rescheduled from 14th April at the request of the walk leader)

Sunday 22 April  C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Livingston circular. Some paths through Livingston you may not have been aware of. Includes a walk along Murieston Water, through Bellsquarry and past Livingston Village, starting from the car park behind the Almondvale Centre. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT056666. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893 (This walk rescheduled from 27 May)

Wednesday 25 April  B walk   13km/8 miles WALK CANCELLED
The Menteith Hills. Braeval Forest to Loch Venachar. A pleasant linear walk over a low hill pass. Ascent 180m (600ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 7540960234 (Walk cancelled by leader due to very muddy conditions on the paths)

Wednesday 25 April  B walk   11km/7 miles
Laggan Hill Walk. Circular woodland walk from Crieff leading to an historic monument by the Rivers Earn and Turret. Route passes by the dismantled railway line between Crieff and Comrie and some magnificent beech and oak trees will enhance our knowledge of all things nature. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 52, NN858222. Dep. WP 09:30 (This walk replaces the cancelled Menteith Hills walk)

Wednesday 25 April  C walk   9.5km/6 miles WALK CANCELLED
Dalkeith Country Park. Pleasant walk around Dalkeith Country Park, starting and finishing at the Restoration Yard. Good paths and tracks. Ascent minimal. OS 66. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: 7955651145 (This walk has been replaced by the Dalkeith & Newbattle walk)

Wednesday 25 April  C walk   8km/5 miles
Dalkeith & Newbattle. Starting from Dalkeith and following the South Esk towards the Lothian Bridge Viaduct, returning via Newbattle Abbey College. Good paths and minimal ascent. Ascent minimal. OS 66. Dep. WP 10:00 Contact: 07955651145 (This walk replaces the cancelled Dalkeith Country Park walk)