Scheduled Events

These are the scheduled events for the Linlithgow Group, from today until the end of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 72, Winter 2018-19).

Departure point is normally from the West Port (WP), meet in the car park behind the West Port Hotel. Some walks may have other departure points, please be sure to read the walk description.
For a description of walk grades, please click here.

Saturday 20 October  B walk   14km/8 miles [WALK CHANGE]
Penicuik House Country Estate Circular Walk. Start Point Penicuik Country Park car park. Autumnal woodland Circuit following track through designed landscape - Penicuik House - South Bank Wood -Ramsay's Monument - Penicuick Church - North Esk Riverside Path - Penicuik House - car park. Ascent 150 metre/ 500ft. OS 66 Grid Ref NT 220599. Depart West Port 08.30. For further information contact Bill Lindsay 07950 707204 or John McCreaddie 07757 211592 (This replaces the Wiss Hill walk shown in TRAIL)

Sunday 21 October  B+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Stuc Odhar Loop. A walk in the Glen Finglas area which is part of the Trossachs Forestry. Starting from Lendrick car park we head up Cnoc nan Sidheag. A steep climb takes us Lendrick Hill towards the summit the Stuc Odhar. The path continues past the reservoir and part of Glen Finglas Estate. Leaving the path we follow the waymarked post to the top of Stuc Odhar. A difficult and challenging walk consisting of paths, woodland and fabulous views. Ascent 638m (2098ft). OS 57, NN546065. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 24 October  Slow A walk   14km/8½ miles
Ben Venue. Approach will be from Loch Achray. Ben Venue may be small in stature but it is a mountain of real character, the finest in the Trossachs when seen across Loch Venachar, Loch Achray or Loch Katrine. The ascent is a great walk with both boggy and rocky ground higher up, and stunning views from the summit. Ascent 725m (2380ft). OS 57, NN505068. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07710766119

Wednesday 24 October  B walk   13km/8 miles
Menteith Hills circular from Braeval. Starting from the Braeval car park, the route follows the ridge of the Menteith Hills northeast as far as Craig a’ Bhacain, returning via the Rob Roy Way footpath to the east of the ridge. Some quite steep ascents and descents, and some of the route is off paths. Ascent 385m (1260ft). OS 57/365, NN541006. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 24 October
AGM at Linlithgow Rose Social Club 19:30
Followed by social evening (drinks available from the bar)

Saturday 27 October   B walk   11.25km/7 miles
Ben Gullipen, Callander. A lovely walk from Callander crossing the River Teith and up into the woods then onto open hillside, with good views throughout the route. Ascent 356m (1170ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 28 October   B walk   14km/9 miles
Cupar, Cairngreen Wood and Duraden circular. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 59, NO380136. Dep. WP 08:30 GMT

Wednesday 31 October   B walk   13km/8 miles
Cloich Circular. Starting at Eddleston near Peebles, this circular above Barony Hotel follows good forestry, woodland and grassy tracks (some boggy patches). Lovely views east and south and the chance to see the newly refurbished Great Polish Map of Scotland. Ascent minimal. OS 73. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 31 October  C walk   8km/5 miles WALK CANCELLED
Kinghorn Loch and Rodanbraes. From Kinghorn to Kinghorn Loch and Craigencalt Farm then by tracks and minor roads to Rodanbraes. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 66, NT266865. Dep. WP 10:00 (Walk cancelled at the request of the leader)

November

Saturday 3 November   C+ walk   11km/7 miles
Devilla forest circular. A circular walk visiting the curling pond - Danish camp - Moor Loch - boat house - Peppermill dam - mausoleum and back via Praybrae wood. Mainly on good tracks and paths. Ascent 92m (301ft). OS 65, NS965871. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 4 November   B walk   13km/8 miles
Aberdour Circular. A pleasant walk on tracks, paths and minor roads from Aberdour railway station car park. Ascent 300m (980ft). Ascent 300m (980ft). OS 66, NT191854. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 7 November   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Dunslair Heights circular from Peebles. From car park go NE via Tower Rig onto Dunslair Heights. Return via good forest tracks. Ascent 550m (1800ft). OS 73, NT254406. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Hood. A. Barclay

Wednesday 7 November   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Tillicoultry Circular. A pleasant walk, taking in Tillicoultry, Fishcross, and Sauchie, then circling round towards Coalsnaughton and down towards the River Devon. May be muddy in places. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 58, NS919966. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 10 November   A walk   16.5km/10.25 miles
Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh & An Stuc. The eastern three Munros of the Lawers range give an excellent circuit of the corrie holding Lochan nan Cat, the finest feature of the range. The recently-promoted Munro of An Stuc involves a steep scramble and this route is much more challenging than the usual trade route to Ben Lawers itself. Ascent 1230m (4040ft). OS 51, NN677395. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07710766119 

Saturday 10 November   C walk   8km/5 miles
The Grange and Fishers Brae. Starting from the West Port walk by the back of the loch, up to the Grange then along to Fishers Brae, returning to the West Port by the Bo'ness Road. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS994770. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 11 November   C walk   8km/5 miles
Blackness and Wester Shore Wood. Meeting at The Cross and driving to Blackness Castle for the start of the walk. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00

Wednesday 14 November   B walk   13km/8 miles
St Ninians and Loch Fitty. A circular route taking in the former St Ninians opencast mine workings (now landscaped) and part of Loch Fitty, near Dunfermline. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 58/367, NT131916. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 14 November   C+ walk   10.5km/6.5 miles
Union Canal, Muiravonside Country Park Circular. Start from West Port go along Union Canal to aquaduct, around Muiravonside CP and return via River Avon. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 349. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: David & Gillian McLaren 01324714759 07943987127

Wednesday 14 November   D walk   5km/3 miles
Beecraigs Wood. Walk from the visitor centre round the loch and through the woods. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT004746. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 17 November   B walk   15.5km/10 miles
Pentlands: Little Vantage - East Cairn Hill - Bore Stane circular. This walk starts at Little Vantage car park. Mainly on waymarked paths including the Cross Borders Drove Road, but may be boggy in places. Ascent 400m (1300ft). OS 65/344, NT101628. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: S Lloyd 07787367912

Sunday 18 November   B walk   14km/8.5 miles
Carberry, Inveresk circular. Starting from Wallyford P & R so bit of urban, riverside, woodland and short road section walking. Possible short wettish, uneven descent near end. Ascent 170m (544ft). OS 66/351, NT368726. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 21 November   B walk   15km/9.5 miles
Pentlands - the Kips and Scald Law. Start Red Moss car park, up beech avenue, under Hare hill, across to the Kips, Scald Law - option to go up South Black Hill, adds a kilometre and 30 metres of height, on to bealach, descend to the Howe, through Green Cleuch, detour right to skirt Black hill, back around Threipmuir Reservoir. Road then paths, some steep. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 66, NT166639. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Nicola Fryer 07748017097 or 0131 478 1295

Wednesday 21 November   C walk   11km/7 miles
Direct line from Dechmont. Bus 31 from West Port to Dechmont. Walk by Bangour Hospital site, Bangour Fishery, North Mains, footpaths through Beecraigs Country Park, passing or using the café, then down footpaths back to West Port. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 65, NT039708. Dep. WP 9:55 for bus 31 at 10:10. Contact: Al Morrison 01506-670401

Saturday 24 November   B walk   18km/11 miles
4 Lochs Heart of Central Belt Circular Walk. Walk in Heart of Central Belt linking 4 Reservoirs from Hillend Reservoir Fishing Lodge Car Park (SE end of Reservoir) at Caldercruix - Lilly Loch - Alice Hill - Blackhill TV Masts - Roughrigg Reservoir - Forrestburn Reservoir - road to Forresthill on A89 & joining National Cycle Route 75 West to Hillend Reservoir Car Park. Ascent 300m (980ft). OS 65, NS843672. Dep. WP 08:30

Sunday 25 November   B walk   13km/8 miles
River Tay Walk, Perth. Walk on both sides of the Tay north to Woody Island and return. Ascent minimal. OS 58, NO119230. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 28 November   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
River Avon Heritage Trail. A walk along the River Avon from Avonbridge to Linlithgow. Field and woodland paths with some short steep/step sections. Ascent 125m (410ft). OS 65, NS911727. Dep. WP 07:55 for No.38 bus opp. the Black Bitch to Falkirk which leaves Linlithgow Cross at 08:05

Wednesday 28 November   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Fallin Circular. A pleasant walk round the outskirts of Fallin and Throsk. May be muddy in places. Ascent 30m (100ft). OS 65, NS824914. Dep. WP 10:00

December

Saturday 1 December   B+ walk   10km/6 miles
King's Seat, Tarmangie and Whitewisp hills from Dollar. Ascent 760m (2500ft). OS 58, NS965984. Dep. WP 08:30

Sunday 2 December   A walk   12.5km/8 miles
Geal Charn, Monadhliath from Garva Bridge. This Geal Charn is the westernmost of the Monadhliath and so far from the other three Munros above Newtonmore that it is usually ascended on its own from Garva Bridge. The walk offers a real sense of remoteness on a winters day with herds of red deer seeking the shelter of the glen at the walks start point and the summit cairn is something to behold. Ascent 625m (2050ft). OS 55, NN521948. Dep. WP 06:30. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 / 01506840446  

Sunday 2 December   C walk   8km/5 miles
Avon Valley. Starting from The Cross, around the loch, along Avon Valley back via Union Canal. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00

Wednesday 5 December  Christmas Lunch walk
Contact J Overton (01506 845205) for details and booking. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 8 December   C walk   8km/5 miles
Canal Towpath west. Walk from West Port up Preston Road, along the canal towpath over the aqueduct past Muiravonside then down a country road to Lathallan roundabout for the bus back. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS994770. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 9 December   B+ walk   16km/10 miles
Pykestone Hill, Middle Hill and Drumelzier Law. 3 Donalds from Drumelzier. A mix of tracks and through the heather. Ascent 790m (2600ft). OS 72, NT136340. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: B Beattie (07973 439516)

Wednesday 12 December   B walk   13km/8 miles
Pitmedden Forest North. This is a circular walk straddling the Fife and Perth & Kinross border taking in Lumbennie and Pitcairlie Hills. The walk is through a mixture of forest and open countryside mainly on good paths and tracks. The most challenging part of the walk is the short stretch getting to the top of (and getting down from) Lumbennie Hill. There is no path, so if you are not surefooted then this is probably not the walk for you. Please also note that the return leg is through fields of cows and sheep. Ascent 365m (1200ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145

Wednesday 12 December   C walk   11.5km/7 miles
Ramble around Ratho. From the Climbing Centre via Norton House Hotel, towards Ratho Station and to Ratho Byres returning along the canal tow path. Mainly on good paths. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65, NT127709. Dep. WP 09:45

Wednesday 12 December   D walk   5km/3 miles
Blackness. Walk from Blackness to Carriden and back, by the shore. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT051799. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 15 December   B+ walk   13.5km/8.5 miles
King's Seat from Tillicoultry. Circular, returning via Bank Hill and Dollar. Ascent 685m (2250ft). OS 58/366, NS914974. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Sunday 16 December   B walk   15km/9.5 miles
Carron Valley Walk. A walk from the car park at the east end of the reservoir with a loop at the far end. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 57/64, NS721837. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 19 December   B walk   10.5km/6.5 miles
East Lomond from Glenrothes. A different way to ascend East Lomond. Good paths for the ascent with generally mild gradients. The descent route is initially steep and has some rough, pathless sections. Ascent 315m (1030ft). OS 58/59/370, NO266034. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 19 December   C+ walk   11.25km/7 miles
Circular from Muircot Farm, Coalsnaughton, Clacks. Starting at the farm shop on eastern outskirts of the village down to R Devon into Tillicoultry, continue westward, then over to and around Gartmorn Dam, and return for coffee. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 366, NS925957. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: David & Gillian McLaren 01324714759 07943987127

January 2019

Friday 4 January New Year Lunch walk
Walk details to be confirmed. For lunch booking contact: J Overton (01506 845205) Dep. WP 10.00

Sunday 6 January   C walk   8km/5 miles
Fishers' Brae. Starting from The Cross, up Fishers' Brae, returning via the Grange and the loch. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00

Wednesday 9 January   C walk   11.5km/7 miles
Alloa, River Forth and Cambus Pools. Some pavement walking in Alloa, then a pleasant walk by the River Forth to Cambus Pools Nature Reserve. Ascent minimal. OS 58/366, NS888929. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 9 January   C+ walk   12km/7.5 miles
Balerno Wester Bavelaw Circular. This walk starts from Balerno's bus terminus and follows woodland track, rough moorland and quiet roads in the lower Pentlands, returning via Wester Bavelaw. Some muddy and boggy patches and a chance to visit the bird hide at Threipmuir reservoir. Ascent minimal. OS 65/344. Dep. WP 10:00

Wednesday 9 January   D walk   5 - 6.5km/3 - 4 miles
Blackness. Walk from Blackness to Abercorn Church and back by the shore and Westershore Wood. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT051799. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 12 January   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Canal Towpath east. 10 o'clock bus to Winchburgh then walk along the canal towpath back to Linlithgow. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS994770. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 13 January   B walk   10km/6 miles
Arthur's Seat circular then Calton Hill (optional). Suggesting travel by train but option to meet in car park opposite Salisbury Crags around 10:45. Ascent 300m (975ft). OS 66/350. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:30

Wednesday 16 January   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
South Queensferry to Eagle Rock and back again. From the Hawes Inn take the track by the shore going east. Walk as far as Eagle Rock and return. Ascent 10m (40ft). OS 65, NT136783. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Hood A. Barclay

Wednesday 16 January   C walk   10km/6 miles
River Avon and Muiravonside Country Park. Start from West Port car park, then Linlithgow Bridge, River Avon to Muiravonside Country Park returning along Union Canal tow path and Preston Road. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS995771. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 19 January   B walk   15km/9.5 miles
Duncolm & The Slack Hill Circuit Kilpatrick Hills. A walk from Kilpatrick Station following track up Kilpatrick Braes to Loch Humphrey & muirland path to Duncolm 401 metres Marilyn summit with superb views on the right day & back via The Slacks Hill to Kilpatrick Station. Ascent 490m (1610ft). OS 64, NS470727. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 08:30

Sunday 20 January   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Sidlaw Hills. A walk including two hills, Auchterhouse Hill and Craigowl Hill skirting by Balluderon Hills taking in views of Tayside and the mountains of the Angus Glens. Starting point will be Balkello Community Woodland car park. Anyone wishing to meet at the start point, we are hoping to start 09:45-10:00. Ascent 447m (1467ft). OS 380, NO365385. Dep. WP 08:30

Wednesday 23 January   B walk   17km/10.5 miles
Brox Burn Path, Binny Craig circular. Circular walk from Broxburn along the Brox Burn path, up Binny Craig from Hangingside wood (top optional), Oatridge demo path and back through Broxburn Community Woodland. A mix of tarmac, gravel paths and grass. Great views if we get the weather for it. Ascent 245m (800ft). OS 65, NT085725. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: B Beattie 07973439516

Wednesday 23 January   C walk   10km/6 miles
Circular walk from Canada Woods Car Park. This walk will include recently signposted Jacobite Trail and also details of various wildlife to be seen in the woods. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65, NS859785. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Saturday 26 January   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
River Avon Heritage Trail. The route follows the River Avon from Avonbridge to Linlithgow. Field and woodland paths with some shortsteep/step sections. Ascent 125m (410ft). OS 65, NS911727. Dep. WP 07:55 for No.38 bus opp. the Black Bitch to Falkirk which leaves Linlithgow Cross at 08:05

Sunday 27 January   B walk   16km/10 miles
Circular walk from Quarrymill (near Perth). The walk goes via Den of Scone, McDuff's Monument, Lynedoch Obelisk, Murrayshall and Perth Aerodrome. Ascent 280m (920ft). OS 58, NO120252. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 30 January   B walk   13km/8 miles
Blairadam Estate and Forest. This circular walk takes in the open parkland of Blairadam Estate and farmland to the north as well as Blairadam Forest itself. The walk has been planned to minimise the amount of time spent walking amongst dense conifers. Some of the walking is on forest track but this walk also makes use of rougher paths. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 58, NT129946. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 30 January   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Aberdour Coast and Woods. A circular walk from Aberdour to Humbie Wood, returning via The Heughs, Silversand Bay and Hawkcraig Point. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 66. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Roderick Aird 07955651145

February 2019

Saturday 2 February   B walk   9.5km/6 miles
Pentlands circular from Boghall. Via Windy Door Nick, Allermuir, Fala Knowe and Castlelaw Souterrain. Route may vary depending on conditions. Mainly on good paths. Ascent 425m (1400ft). OS 344/66, NT244651. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Sunday 3 February   C walk   8km/5 miles
Beecraigs Circular. We take the cars from The Cross to Beecraigs Visitor Centre car park. The walk is a circular of Beecraigs and Wairdlaw woodland. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00

Wednesday 6 February   B walk   9km/5.5 miles
Beinn an t-Sithein. Circular from Strathyre. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 57, NN561168. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford 01313313707

Wednesday 6 February   C+ walk   10.5km/6.5 miles
Bannockburn Circular. This walk starts in car park at Home Bargains in Whins of Milton, and circles towards Bannockburn, then round to St Ninians and return. Some steep steps to negotiate. Ascent 55m (182ft). OS 57, NS801897. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 9 February   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroy. Walking from the Visitor Centre through the woods and up Cockleroy (optional) returning through the woods. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT004746. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 10 February   B walk   17km/10.5 miles
The Four Lochs Devilla Forest. A circular walk on woodland paths. Starting at the forestry commission car park we follow the way markers of the Red Squirrel trail. This trail takes us to Brodie Loch, Moor Loch, Peppermill Dam and Keir Dam and on a cold winters day the one of loch sings, very unique. Anyone wishing to meet at the start point, time of starting between 09:30-09:45. Ascent 123m (400ft). OS 366, NS964870. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 13 February   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Glasgow city centre walkabout. Murals, monuments, mosaics, Merchant City, medieval areas and much more! Join me in pounding the pavements of this fascinating city and see things you have probably never noticed before. Due to the city centre location, numbers are limited on this walk and booking is essential. Please contact leader to book your place and for details of departure from Linlithgow railway station as well as the meeting place in Glasgow and walk start time. Ascent minimal. OS 64. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station. Contact leader for details. Contact: 01324 551982

Wednesday 13 February   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Gartmorn Dam Circular. From the former Visitor Centre (now a café) at Gartmorn, the walk reaches Forest Mill, joins the old Dunfermline/Alloa railway line at Slack Cottage and returns to Gartmorn via Hillend Farm; a succession of woodland, 'walking-friendly' minor road, walking/cycle path, farm track and more woodland to finish. Ascent minimal. OS 58, NS911940. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 13 February   D walk   5km/3 miles
Williamscraig. Walk from the Leisure Centre along the canal towpath then up the road past Williamscraig House and round by the Golf Course back to the canal and the Leisure Centre. Some ascent. OS 65, NS986762. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 16 February   B walk   11km/7 miles
Invertrossachs & Loch Drunkie circular, Callander. Starting at East Lodge - Loch Venachar - Loch Drunkie back to Loch Venachar - East Lodge. On good tracks and paths. Ascent 219m (718ft). OS 57, NN593056. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 17 February   A walk   14km/8.5 miles
Meall Chuaich, Drumochter. A shorter Munro walk for a winters day. From the summit, Meall Chuaich offers fine views over upper Badenoch and Strathspey. Ascent 614m (2010ft). OS 51, NN654867. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 / 01506840446 

Wednesday 20 February   C walk   10km/6 miles
Pentlands - Threipmuir circuit. From Red Moss car park, road up, through beech avenue, past Bavelaw Castle, then path through part of Green Cleuch, skirt Black Hill, cross east end of Threipmuir Reservoir, return on paths round edge of reservoir. Some paths a bit rough. (Option to continue around Harlaw reservoir, adds 3km.) Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 66, NT166639. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Nicola Fryer 07748017097 or 0131 478 1295

Wednesday 20 February   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 Boardwalk") then Forth and Clyde Canal tow path to Bonnybridge, Antonine Wall and Rough Castle, and then back to the Falkirk Wheel. Ascent 50m (160ft). OS 65, NS854805. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 23 February   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Clyde Walkway from Rosebank to Strathclyde Country Park. Bus journey involved, bring bus pass where applicable. (Walk from Strathclyde CP to Hamilton, before Townhead Street On Blackswell Lane, catch bus from there to Rosebank.) Ascent minimal. OS 64/72/343, NS730566. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Sunday 24 February   B walk   14km/8.5 miles
Meall Leathan Dhail - hillside near Callander. Start point at Bracklinn Falls. Mixture of rough tracks and quiet unsurfaced road of open moorland with gentle ascents. Excellent views. Ascent 405m (1330ft). OS 51, NN637083. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact:  

Wednesday 27 February   B walk   9.5km/6 miles
Auchlinsky, Commonedge and Seamab Hills. Starting from Glendevon by Castlehill Reservoir on the A823. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 58, NN996032. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 27 February   C walk   8.75km/5.5 miles
Local walk from Linlithgow to Bo'ness. A walk from Linlithgow to Bo'ness via the back of the loch, the Grange, Kinneil House and the Roman fortlet. Return to Linlithgow by bus. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65/349, NS995770. Dep. WP 10:00

March 2019

Saturday 2 March   A walk   11.5km/7.25 miles
Ben Challum. Ben Challum is not a distinguished peak when seen from the A82, as to this side it shows only sprawling grassy slopes. From the Glen Lochay side its fine peak is more prominent. The ascent is usually made from Kirkton Farm, with boggy lower slopes but a fine final ridge connecting the two summits. Ascent 910m (2990ft). OS 50, NN355281. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07710766119 

Sunday 3 March   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Uphall Circular. Driving from The Cross to Uphall Community Centre. A circular from Uphall around Oatridge and optional climb up Binny Craig. Ascent 15m (50ft). OS 65. Dep. LC 13:00

Wednesday 6 March   B walk   12km/7.5 miles
Wemyss circular. A circular walk taking in West Wemyss, East Wemyss and Coaltown of Wemyss. The route uses the Fife Coastal Path from West Wemyss to East Wemyss and then returns using an inland route via Wemyss Den and a disused railway line. The walking is reasonably easy using a mix of good surfaced paths and tracks and some natural paths which can be a bit muddy at times. Some steps are involved. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 59/369, NT324946. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 6 March   C walk   10km/6 miles
Water of Leith and Union Canal Circular from Haymarket Station. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station for the 9:46am train to Edinburgh. Ascent 50m (160ft). OS 66. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:30. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Saturday 9 March   C walk   8km/5 miles
Abercorn to Society. Walk from Abercorn Church by quiet country tracks to Society returning by a peaceful country road. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT080789. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 10 March   Slow A walk   10km/6 miles
Culter Fell Graham/Donald Circuit. From Culter Allers Farm ascend via King Beck track/hill path to Culter Fell the highest point in Lanarkshire at 748 metre(2,455 feet) with superb views on right day and descent over Knock Hill to Culter Waterhead and follow the Culter Water Road back to cars. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 72, NT031312. Dep. WP 08:30

Wednesday 13 March   B+ walk   15.5km/9.5 miles
Carnethy and Turnhouse (Pentlands) from Harlaw. From car park go SE to Threipmuir then skirt SW around Black Hill and over to the Howe. Fairly steep grassy ascent to col then E to Carnethy, Turnhouse and down towards Flotterstone. Then NW and up and over a pass - Maiden's Cleuch - and down to our start point. Ascent 490m (1600ft). OS 66, NT181654. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Barclay. A. Hood

Wednesday 13 March   C+ walk   10.25km/6.5 miles
Falls of Clyde Circuit. Ascent 336m (1100ft). OS 71. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Jane Tingle 07742447160

Wednesday 13 March   D walk   5km/3 miles
Kelpies. Walk from Falkirk Stadium by Helix Park to the Kelpies and then walk to the end of the canal and back. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS906804. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 16 March   B walk   15km/9.5 miles
Letham Glen and Devon Wood circular. A circular walk from Letham Glen, to Devon Wood above Kennoway, on farmyard tracks and woodland paths with good views. Ascent 180m (590ft). OS 59. Dep. WP 09:15. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145

Sunday 17 March   A walk   14km/8.75 miles
Binnein Mor and Na Gruagaichean - Mamores. Binnein Mor is a graceful peak and the highest of the Mamores. Its combination with Na Gruagaichean gives a superb ridge walk. Ascent 1259m (4130ft). OS 41, NN187622. Dep. WP 06:30. Contact: 07710766119 

Wednesday 20 March   A walk   10km/6 miles
Ben Ledi, Corbett, with return by Stank Glen. Ice axe and crampons may be required in winter conditions. Ascent 760m (2500ft). OS 0/57, NN587091. Dep. WP 08:00

Wednesday 20 March   C+ walk   10.5km/6.5 miles
S Queensferry to Snab Point Circular. Starting at S Queensferry along shore through Dalmeny Estate to Snab Point and return. Ascent 130m (420ft). OS 350, NT784138. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: David & Gillian McLaren 01324714759 07943987127

Saturday 23 March   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Carden Den and Sunnyside. This 6 mile route with approximately 200m of ascent takes you through the pleasant mixed woodland of Carden Den and the Sunnyside Plantation. Two sites of historical interest are visited: the Carden Tower remains and a cairn to commemorate Scotland's last duel. The walking is all on paths and tracks which are a mix of good dry surfaces and sometimes muddy natural paths. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 58/367, NT220943. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Sunday 24 March   B walk   14km/9 miles
Hill of Tarvit circular via Cupar and Ceres. Ascent 150m (492ft). OS 59, NO375144. Dep. WP 08:30

Wednesday 27 March   B walk   17.5km/11 miles
Baddinsgill, East Cairn Hill, Bore Stane, Carlops circular. From Carlops go SW to Stonypath, then NW to Baddinsgill, up old drove road to Cauldstane Slap, East Cairn Hill, Bore Stane and back to Carlops. Mostly on tracks. Ascent 305m (1000ft). OS 65, NT161558. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Hood. A. Barclay

Wednesday 27 March   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Kilsyth Circular. This walk starts at Colzium Lennox estate, and takes in Banton Loch, Auchinstarry, then round towards Queenzieburn and return. This walk includes some short sharp ascents, and some rough ground, which could be wet in places. Ascent 255m (839ft). OS 64, NS731786. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 30 March   B walk   15.5km/9.5 miles
Lothian & Borders Area Walk. A walk from West Port, Linlithgow, via the Loch, the Coal Road, West Lothian Golf Course, Kinneil House, Upper Kinneil, River Avon and Linlithgow Bridge. All members of Lothian & Borders Area welcome. Ascent 230m (750ft). OS 65, NS995770. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893    

Sunday 31 March   C+ walk   14km/8.75 miles
A circular walk round Uphall and Broxburn taking in part of the Union canal. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT060724. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058 

April 2019

Wednesday 3 April   B+ walk   14.5km/9 miles
East Cairn Hill via The Mount. Circular from Baddingsgill Farm taking in Mount Maw, The Mount and Wether Law returning via Cauldstane Slap. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 72, NT126548. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford 01313313707

Wednesday 3 April   C+ walk   12km/7.5 miles
Wemyss Circular. A circular walk taking in West Wemyss, East Wemyss and Coaltown of Wemyss. The route uses the Fife Coastal Path from West Wemyss to East Wemyss and then returns using an inland route via Wemyss Den and a disused railway line. The walking is reasonably easy using a mix of good surfaced paths and tracks and some natural paths which can be a bit muddy at times. Some steps are involved. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 59. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145

Saturday 6 April   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Bealach nam Bo, Loch Katrine. A circular walk beside Achray water and gradually climbing up to Bealach nam Bo, mostly on good paths but some rough paths with a small section going through a boulder field. Ascent 395m (1295ft). OS 57, NN506069. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 7 April   C walk   8km/5 miles
The Haining. Drive from The Cross to Muiravonside Country Park. From Muiravonside walk towards Maddiston to Bethankie Bridge and return along the canal tow path. Muddy fields and minor roads. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. 13:00

Wednesday 10 April B+ walk 9.5km/6 miles
Ben Vrackie. A great viewpoint and good paths up past picturesque Loch a' Choire. The walk may be extended slightly. Use of ice axe and crampons will be advised pending conditions. Ascent 720m (2360ft). OS 43/52, NN944597. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07710766119 

Wednesday 10 April   C walk   9km/5.5 miles
Blairhall, Inzievar Woods Circular near Oakley, Fife. Ascent 50m (160ft). OS 65, NN002892. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 10 April   D walk   5km/3 miles
Almondell. A pleasant walk in Almondell Country Park. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT090696. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 13 April   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Around Binny Craig. Walk from Forkneuk Road, Uphall, to Binny Craig (climb optional) and around Oatridge College then back to the start. Some ascent. OS 65, NT055716. Dep. WP 09:45

Sunday 14 April   A walk   19km/12 miles
Carn na Caim and A'Bhuidheanach Bheag, Drumochter. Situated on the east side of the Drumochter pass, so we start high, these two Munros offer a fine winter walk. With the hard work done climbing early in the day to the plateau we will go out and back to each of the summits. Ascent 824m (2700ft). OS 51, NN639820. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 / 01506840446 

Wednesday 17 April   B walk   13km/8 miles
Glentress Forest black and blue. A walk to the top of Glentress Forest from the Peebles Hydro. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 73, NT262403. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford/moira stewart 01313313707/01313314793

Wednesday 17 April   C walk   9km/5.5 miles
Dunblane Ashfield Kinbuck circular. Ascent minimal. OS 57. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Jane Tingle 07742447160

Saturday 20 April   B walk   12km/7.5 miles
Bridge of Allan and Cocksburn Reservoir. A circular walk starting at the Wallace Monument, taking the outskirts of Bridge of Allan, Mine Wood, Cocksburn reservoir and returning via Yellow Craig where there are splendid views across the Forth valley. Walkers from Guyancourt, Linlithgow's twin town, will be joining this walk. Ascent 355m (1160ft). OS 57, NS813958. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058

Sunday 21 April   B walk   10km/6 miles
Caerketton, Allermuir and Capelaw from Swanston. A short circular walk at the north end of the Pentlands from Swanston village. Walkers from Guyancourt will be joining this walk. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 66/344, NT240673. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 24 April   B walk   16km/10 miles
Ballinluig to Dunkeld. A linear walk from Ballinluig to Dunkeld along quiet country roads, farm tracks and forest roads. High along the Tay valley with excellent views. Remember your bus pass as travel by bus to the start of the walk. Ascent 185m (600ft). OS 52, NN976528. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058

Wednesday 24 April   C walk   8km/5 miles
Torphichen to Linlithgow by the newly-agreed cattle-free route which passes Lochcote Resr and Williamscraig. Ascent 90m (300ft). OS 65/349, NS967725. Dep. WP 10:15 (with boots on) for 10:27 bus to Torphichen. Contact: As above

Friday 26 – Monday 29 April Spring Weekend Away – Gairloch Hotel
Contact D McLaren 01324 714759 for details and booking