These are the scheduled events for the Linlithgow Group, from today until the end of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 73, Summer 2019).
Departure point is normally 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, car sharing etc., please click here.
Monday 17 – Saturday 22 June South Uist week
Lochboisdale Hotel booked for 17. So unless someone drops out the week is full. OS 22/31.
Contact A Barclay (0131 441 7089/07967 077265) for details and bookings
Wednesday 19 June B+ walk 15km/9½ miles
Pentlands – the Kips and Scald Law. From Red Moss/Threipmuir car park, we go up the beech avenue, along the Red Road to the Kips, over them and Scald Law – with an option to take in South Black Hill. Some steep ascent and descent. Then down to the Howe, through Green Cleuch, with a final detour to skirt Black Hill on a rough path, finishing on path through woods and along track beside Threipmuir reservoir. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 66, NT166639. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Nicola Fryer 07748017097 or 0131 478 1295
Wednesday 19 June C walk 11.5km/7 miles
Devilla forest walk. A circular walk following the squirrel trail, curling pond, Danish camp, Moor loch, boat house Peppermill dam and an option to do the mausoleum and back Praybrae wood. Mainly on good tracks and paths. Ascent 301ft. OS 65, Dep. WP 10:00. Ascent 90m (301ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 10:00.
Wednesday 19 June D walk 7km/4½ miles
Blackness to Abercorn Church. Walk from Blackness by Wester Shore Wood to Abercorn Church. Return by top path through the woods. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30. (Rescheduled from 12 June at the request of the walk leader)
Saturday 22 June A walk 14km/8¾ miles
Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh. Ben Cruachan is one of the finest Munros in the southern Highlands, its pointed peak towering above its rocky satellites giving great views. The ridge walk to the Munro of Stob Daimh makes a great circuit around the Cruachan reservoir. Ascent 1376m (4510ft). OS 50, NN080267. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: John Allen 07710766119
Sunday 23 June B walk 13km/8 miles
Fife Coastal Path – train from Inverkeithing to Burntisland, then a lovely walk back to the cars, passing by Aberdour, Dalgety Bay and St David’s Harbour. Beautiful views of the Firth of Forth and the three bridges. Ascent 150m (492ft). OS 367, NT131830. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: As above
Tuesday 25 June C walk 7km/4¼ miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroy Hill. A circular walk following the walk highlands route through wooded parkland to a fine viewpoint. Ascent 131m (430ft). OS 65, NT005746. Dep. WP 18:00.
Wednesday 26 June B walk 16km/10 miles
Leaderfoot Circular. Lovely circular walk from Melrose, a long climb uphill (Goat’s Brae) for good views of the Eildon Hills, then on riverside path beside the Leader Water, passing the spectacular Leaderfoot Viaduct and Trimontium Roman Fort, returning alongside the River Tweed. Minor roads and paths. Varied terrain. Muddy sections after rain. Ascent 258m (846ft). OS 73, NT547342. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490134
Wednesday 26 June C+ walk 16km/10 miles
North Tentsmuir Walk. A circular walk in Tentsmuir forest from Tayport on part of the Fife Coastal Path and return by Morton Lochs. Ascent minimal. OS 371, NS898974. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058
Saturday 29 June B walk 20km/12½ miles
Eyemouth – Berwick upon Tweed Berwickshire Coastal Path. At Eyemouth Harbour the spectacular up & down cliff path overlooking the North Sea heads south to reach the Anglo-Scottish Border at Marshall Meadow Bay then the path continues onward into Northumbria to reach the historic walled town of Berwick upon Tweed to await train. The trip involves a train journey from Linlithgow Station via Edinburgh Waverley to Berwick upon Tweed Station then catch bus to Eyemouth. Ascent 320m (1050ft). OS 67/75, NT943644. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 7.10 for 07.18 train departure (Note change of date and departure time)
Saturday 29 June A+ walk 9.5km/6 miles
Aonach Eagach Ridge. Famed as the narrowest ridge on the British mainland, the Aonach Eagach gives a thrilling and spectacular traverse for keen scramblers, linking the Munros of Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Confidence in scrambling and exposure required. Ascent 1100m (3610ft). OS 41, NN174567. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: John Allen 07710766119
Wednesday 3 July B+ walk 22km/13½ miles
Kelso to Jedburgh. Bus from Jedburgh to Kelso. Walk back via the Borders Abbey Way mainly along the banks of the river Teviot. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 74, NT653204. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Doug Crockford/Moira Stewart 01313313707/07835738618
Wednesday 3 July C walk 9km/5½ miles
Circular walk from Markinch, Fife. Easy walking from Markinch through Balbirnie Park, across the Star Moss and over Cuinin Hill back to Markinch. Ascent 110m (360ft). OS 59/370, NO292018. Dep. WP 09:45. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506 843558/ 07709620046
Saturday 6 July B walk 16km/10 miles
Galashiels Tweed Circular. This walk climbs through woodland onto the hill on the south side of Galashiels and joins the Southern Upland Way before heading downhill to follow the path along the River Tweed towards Boleside. The path then climbs up towards Gala Hill and back down into Galashiels. Good paths and tracks and some grassy slopes. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 73, NT492359. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 0131 334 8953
Saturday 6 July C walk 8km/5 miles
Culross and West Kirk. Walk up past old houses and the Abbey then along by the side of a field to the West Kirk, then past the plague graves and return by the railway line. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 7 July A walk 25.5km/16 miles
The Minchmoor Road. A walk along the old Drove Road and Southern Upland Way from Traquair to the Three Brethren, returning via Broadmeadows and the Minchmoor Road. Ascent 700m (2300ft). OS 73/337, NT332346. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516
Wednesday 10 July Slow A walk 11km/7 miles
Ben Vane (Munro). Although this is one of the smallest Munros, it is a steep rocky little mountain with a sustained climb. This is made easier by a good path all the way to the summit. The approach is also on a good track from Inveruglas visitor centre. The return is by the same route. Ascent 930m (3050ft). OS 56, NN322098. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Doreen Pirrie 07903584606
Wednesday 10 July B walk 12km/7½ miles
Aberfoyle to Gartmore circular. Circular walk from Aberfoyle into Fairy Knowe Wood, partly alongside R Forth on to Gartmore, returning along the former railway line. Ascent 140m (460ft). OS 365, NN521010. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: D & G McLaren 01324714759 07943987127
Wednesday 10 July C+ walk 10.5km/6½ miles
Kinghorn – Kirkcaldy Circular. A nice walk round the countryside and down to Kirkcaldy and back along the Fife Coastal path, which can be undulating in places,. Ascent 240m (788ft). OS 368, NT269866. Dep. WP 10:00.
Wednesday 10 July D walk 5km/3 miles
Culross. Walk from the car park round Preston Island and back. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 13 July B walk 14km/8½ miles
Kirkton Glen and Lochan an Eireannach from Balquhidder. Starting in Balquhidder, a walk through the forest to a viewpoint then to a saddle and lochan then descending through forest to start point. Ascent 450m (1480ft). OS 51, NN534208. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058
Sunday 14 July A walk 13km/8 miles
Creise and Meall a’ Bhuiridh Munros in Glencoe. Creise and Meall a’ Bhuiridh via Stob a’ Ghlais Choire north-east ridge from Glencoe Mountain Resort Two prominent munros at the north end of the Blackmount. Stob a’ Ghlais Choire, a top at the end of Creise’s summit plateau, will be climbed first and provides an easy scramble before going on to Creise. A narrow ridge connnects Creise to Meall a’ Bhuiridh and a beautifully curving, rocky ridge rises to the summit of the second Munro. Descent will be made down to Coire Pollach above ski centre. Ascent 1020m (3350ft). OS 41/50, NN266525. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07932216744 and 01506 847445
Wednesday 17 July A walk 14.5km/9 miles
Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’Chroin. These two Munros on the southern fringe of the Highlands appear as an identical pair in many distant views. Closer up, they are more different. Ben Vorlich is a very popular hillwalk from Loch Earn and a fine viewpoint, whilst the continuation to Stuc a’Chroin is a more serious walk with steep, rocky ground. Ascent 1145m (3760ft). OS 57, NN633232. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: John Allen 07710766119
Wednesday 17 July B+ walk 19.5km/12 miles
Cove to St Abb’s. A walk on the Berwickshire coast path. Undulating path. Lovely scenery. Car shuttle required. Ascent 455m (1500ft). OS O/67, NT780717. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Hood. A.Barclay
Wednesday 17 July C walk 9.5km/6 miles
Chatelherault Country Park. An easy walk on good footpaths, with some steps, starting from the Country Park car park, off the A72 between Larkhall and Hamilton. Ascent 65m (210ft). OS 64, NS739540. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Saturday 20 July B+ walk 13km/8 miles
Grubbit Law and Wideopen Hill, Morebattle. Mostly grassy paths, some rough ground and farm tracks, good views of the Cheviots. Following part of St Cuthbert’s Way, we start off in the village of Morebattle. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 74, NT769248. Dep. WP 08:30.
Sunday 21 July A walk 25.5km/16 miles
Loch Venachar Circuit. This is a circular walk with two starting points (the two points being Brig O'Turk and Callander) depending on the distance (to be decided), for it could be either 12 or 16 miles. A beautiful but long “stroll” partly along The Great Trossachs Path towards the fresh water Loch taking in views of Ben Ledi the Menteith Hills and the lovely fairy Foxgloves (if in bloom) which grows on the “Bridge of the Wild Boar” saying goes, it grew where Roman soldiers passed. This is a challenging and strenuous route with steep ascent on paths/minor roads. Ascent 315m (1030ft). OS OL46, NN628079. Dep. WP 09:00.
Wednesday 24 July B+ walk 23km/14½ miles
Jedburgh to Hawick. Bus from Hawick to Jedburgh and walk back on the Borders Abbey Way. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 79, NT504153. Dep. WP 08:15. Contact: Doug Crockford/Moira Stewart 01313313707/07835738618
Wednesday 24 July C walk 11km/6¾ miles
Kingseat and Townhill Circuit. This circular walk explores farmland and woodland in the north east of Dunfermline. Most of the walking is on reasonable paths and tracks. The walk will start and end at the Town Loch Waterski Centre. Ascent 115m (380ft). OS 58/367. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145
Saturday 27 July A walk 11km/7 miles
Bidean nam Bian, and Stob Coire Sgreamhach. Argyll’s highest peak is accessed via the ‘lost valley’ on the south side of Glen Coe, skirting the infamous ‘three sisters’. The route involves streams, minor scrambling, an excellent ridge walk to Coire Sgreamhach, followed by a tricky descent to the valley. Ascent 1296m (4250ft). OS 57, NN170569. Dep. WP 07:30.
Sunday 28 July B+ walk 20km/12½ miles
Binn Hill, Balvaird Castle, Glen Farg and Railway Tunnels. A new circular walk starting at Aberargie ascending Binn Hill then across to Balvaird Castle then into Glen Farg. Then through 2 railway tunnels, torches are essential for the tunnels and back to Aberargie. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Ian Beck 07484-208058
Tuesday 30 July C walk 7km/4½ miles
Logie Kirk, Drumbrae Circular. Walking on forest paths to Cocksburn reservoir, returning on a quiet country lane to Hermitage Wood. A varied walk with fine views towards the Trossachs. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 57, NS818966. Dep. WP 18:00.
Wednesday 31 July C walk 9.5km/6 miles
A circular walk from Croy station. Train to Croy and then walk over Croy Hill. Continue on to Dullatur and then come back through Cumbernauld to return to the station. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS O/65/349, NS730755. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:20 for the 09:38 train.
Wednesday 31 July B walk 13.5km/8½ miles
Lauder Common. Circular route from Lauder. Starting from car park beside Primary School. Follows some of the route of the Lauder Common Riding. Fine views. Varied terrain, some rough ground. Wet/muddy sections after rain. Mostly moorland, paths, tracks, drove road and minor roads. One steep descent. Ascent 263m (862ft). OS 73. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490134
Saturday 3 August A walk 17.5km/11 miles
Carn Mairg 4 Munro Glen Lyon Horseshoe. From Invervar car park, Northside of Glen Lyon walk steeply up to join the wide & undulating ridge at Carn Gorm (1029 metres) – Meall Garbh (968 metres) – Meall a’Bharr (1004 metres) – Carn Mairg (1042 metres) and finally Creag Mhor (981 metres) also known as Meall na Aighean to descend back to Invervar car park with grand views on the right day. Ascent 1302m (4270ft). OS 51/42, NN666482. Dep. WP 08:00.
Saturday 3 August B walk 16km/10 miles
Loch Ard forest circular. A lovely forest walk starting from Aberfoyle passing by Lochan Spling, Duchrey castle and returning by Milton. Ascent 265m (866ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: L Ramsay
Sunday 4 August B walk 19.5km/12 miles
Cairnoch Hill, Earl’s Hill and Hart Hill (Carron Valley). A varied mixture of forestry road and moorland walking near Carron Valley reservoir. Ascent 326m (1070ft). OS 57, NS682858. Dep. WP 08:30.
Wednesday 7 August A walk 21.5km/13½ miles
Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a’Chreachain from Achallader farm. This northerly part of the Beinn Dorain range gives a grand ridgewalk. Beinn a’Chreachain, the highest Munro in the range, has a fine northern corrie, whilst Beinn Achaladair is a very shapely peak with much character. The views – especially over Rannoch Moor – are magnificent. Mixed terrain: some pathless sections, some boggy parts, one very steep ascent and a good deal of fine grassy ridges. Bridge is down on Water of Tulla so in spate conditions an alternative route may be required. Ascent 1206m (3960ft). OS 377, NN313437. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07428 500524
Wednesday 7 August B+ walk 13km/8 miles
Steele’s Knowe via the Corb Glen. A hilly walk around the quieter eastern Ochils. Much of the route is off path on grassy hillsides. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 58/366/369, NO016082. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 7 August C walk 10km/6¼ miles
New Old Drove Road passing Wigwams. Start Gogar Bridge (near Kirknewton), pass Leyden wigwams, then by Old Drove Road newly-waymarked by Friends of the Pentlands, to Little Vantage, then over Corston Hill to Corston, and through Selm Wood, back to start. Ascent 196m (640ft). OS 65, NT101652. Dep. WP 10:00.
Wednesday 7 August D walk 5km/3 miles
Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoirs. A pleasant walk from Red Moss car park by Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoirs. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.(Rescheduled from 14 August at the request of the walk leader)
Saturday 10 August A walk 29km/18 miles
The Devil’s Point Munro. The Devil’s Point from Linn of Dee Bike/hike to a striking Munro in the Cairngorms National Park. Option to extend walk to include Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochain Uaine (The Angels Peak), weather and time permitting. The route can be cycled easily to Derry Lodge from Linn of Dee (3 miles/5km) and further on to Luibeg Crossing (7km). Ascent 740m (2450ft). OS 36/43, NO064898. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: 07932216744
Saturday 10 August B+ walk 22km/13½ miles
Kilchatton Bay – Rothesay Pier – West Island Way on Isle of Bute. At Bus Stop at Kilchatton Bay Quay head south along rough coastal path to Hawks Neb, Glencallum Bay with superb views, then head inland to Loch Leighe, St Blanes Chapel, Suidhe Chatain, Stravanan Bay, Loch Ascog, Loch Fad causeway and B878 road down to Rothesay Pier. Trip involves train from Linlithgow Station to Glasgow Queen Street, walk to Glasgow Central for onward connection to Wemyss Bay Pier and ferry to Rothesay Pier where bus goes to Kilchatton Bay. Ascent 260m (850ft). OS 63, NS101550. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 07:30 for 07:45 departure.
Saturday 10 August C walk 8km/5 miles
Canal Feeder. A pleasant walk from Almondell Country Park by the canal feeder, canal towpath and back by Lookabootye. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 11 August B walk 22.5km/14 miles
Water of Leith Walkway. Starting at Balerno and going the full length of the Water of Leith Walkway to finish at Victoria Bridge in Leith. It is a fairly easy (apart from the distance), pleasant and surprisingly rural walk. At the end of the walk, we return to Balerno by bus so bring bus passes if applicable. Ascent 305m (1000ft). OS 66, NT163664. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516 (Walk rescheduled from 25th August at the request of the walk leader)
Wednesday 14 August Slow A walk 8.5km/5¼ miles
Stuchd an Lochain (Munro). Stuchd an Lochain occupies a commanding position above Glen Lyon and Loch an Daimh. The finest feature of this hill is its northern corrie which holds in its depths the dark circular Lochan nan Cat. Although the initial ascent is steep and eroded, once on the ridge, a path leads more easily to the summit. Return is by the same route. Ascent 726m (2380ft). OS 51, NN511463. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Eric Wilson 07919210819
Wednesday 14 August B+ walk 18km/11 miles
Circular to Covenanter’s Grave from West Linton. A long walk out to perhaps the loneliest, most remote and atmospheric spot in the Pentlands near the summit of Black Law, to view the grave of a covenanter who had fled into the hills after the battle of Rullion Green in Penicuik in 1666. Mostly on good tracks but one tricky section across rough and boggy moorland. Great views to the Ayrshire hills, on a clear day. Ascent 243m (800ft). OS 72, NT141521. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Tracy Hill 07791155650
Wednesday 14 August C+ walk 11.5km/7 miles
Braco Circular. A walk round Braco Castle and surrounding open countryside. Can be muddy in places. The starting point is at the small car park before the bend over the bridge in Braco. Ascent 200m (658ft). OS 57, NN837098. Dep. WP 10:00.
Saturday 17 August A walk 13km/8 miles
Helvellyn via Striding Edge. Ascend Striding Edge to Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in England at 950m. This is by far the most exciting way to the summit of this popular mountain. It is a horseshoe walk that circulates Red Tarn and descends via Swirral Edge, an equally exciting hands on route. Potentially an overnight stay could be arranged but travel within a day is possible on fast roads. Ascent 908m (2980ft). OS 90, NY385169. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: John Allen 07710766119
Sunday 18 August C+ walk 9.5km/6 miles
Comrie – Bogton Braes walk. A circular walk on footpaths and quiet roads around the south side of Comrie, starting from the car park in Field of Refuge. Ascent 90m (300ft). OS 52/57/368, NN773218. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 21 August Slow A walk 12km/7½ miles
Stob Breac & An Stuchd from Inverlochlarig. An exploration of two less frequented hills and wide ridge to the south of Inverlochlarig, with views of Loch Katrine further south and Stob Binnein and Ben More to the north. The walk will involve a steep ascent if walked clockwise or alternatively a steep descent if walked anti-clockwise! Ascent 600m (1970ft). OS 57, NN446185. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Neil Wallis 01786 850863/07919 252 967
Wednesday 21 August B+ walk 9km/5½ miles
The Three Eildons. The Eildon Hills from Melrose. Long flight of steps. Hill paths, steep in places. Can be muddy and slippy. Great views. Ascent 477m (1564ft). OS 73, NT547342. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490134
Wednesday 21 August C+ walk 8km/5 miles
Comrie to Melville Monument circular. Start in Comrie at west end car park, up Glen Lednock to Melville Monument for a super view, returning via Deil’s Cauldron. Ascent 260m (850ft). OS 368, NN772220. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: David & Gillian McLaren 01324714759 07943987127
Saturday 24 August A+ walk 8km/5 miles
Bike/Scramble – Sgor Iutharn via the Lancet Edge from Dalwhinnie. A cycle from Dalwhinnie to Culra bothy & then walk from there. The cycle is approx 10 miles, mostly on an estate road. The final mile or so requires some bike handling on a narrower rutted ‘double’ track. The walk is a stalkers path, a boggy section and then a Grade 1 scramble up the Lancet Edge to reach the Munro top, Sgor Iutharn. We may include the Munro Geal Charn. The descent is fairly steep but returns to the stalkers path. Pre-registration is a must to allow bike transport to be arranged. Ascent 850m (2790ft). OS 42, NN634849. Dep. WP 06:30. Contact: email@example.com or 07769 263872
Saturday 24 August B walk 13km/8 miles
St. Abb’s Head and Coldingham. Go N on roads to the lighthouse at St. Abb’s Head. Return by coastal route. Then to St. Abb’s village and along the coast as far as Linkim Shore. Inland to Coldingham and back to St.Abb’s village by grassy tracks. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS O/67, NT913674. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Hood /. A. Barclay
Wednesday 28 August B walk 13km/8 miles
Inverlochlarig (near Balquidder). A linear walk along the River Larig starting from the site of one of Rob Roy McGregor’s houses. Ascent minimal. OS 56, NN445184. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 07939 201649
Wednesday 28 August C walk 8km/5 miles
Holyrood Park Circular. We will take the train to Waverley Station, walk down the Royal Mile into Holyrood Park, through Hunter’s Bog to Duddingston Loch, returning by the Innocent Railway line. Ascent 120m (390ft). OS 66, NT258738. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:30 for 09:45 train.
Friday 30 August – Monday 2 September Torridon weekend
3 nights at Torridon Youth Hostel, doing Munros and Corbetts.
Grades may be A or A+. Other low level walks may be available.
Contact S Allison (01506 840579) for details and bookings
Saturday 31 August B walk 16km/10 miles
Dunbar, Belhaven Bay circular. Ascent minimal. OS 67, NT678789. Dep. WP 08:30.
Sunday 1 September B walk 13km/8 miles
Comrie Circular. Walk on the flank of Ben Halton, then south to Dalclathick and back along the banks of the Water of Ruchill. Ascent 300m (980ft). OS 57, NN762201. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496
Wednesday 4 September Slow A walk 14km/8½ miles
Beinn Chabhair. A Munro from the Inverarnan Hotel in Glen Falloch. Weather permitting we will ascend via the north-west ridge, the slightly more strenuous route, and then return via the Ben Glas Burn and Lochan Beinn Chabhair route. Ascent 1010m (3310ft). OS 50/56, NN318184. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07769 263872
Wednesday 4 September B walk 13.5km/8½ miles
Following the John Muir Way from Blackness back to Linlithgow. Take a bus from Linlithgow to Blackness then walk from there following the John Muir Way back to Linlithgow. Ascent 120m (400ft). OS O/65/349, NT051800. Dep. WP 09:00 for the 09:25am bus.
Wednesday 4 September C walk 8km/5 miles
Cramond Bridge to Cramond Island and return. Mainly on good paths. Flight of about 70 steps up and down to negotiate both outwards and returning. Some rough going on Island which can be avoided. Ascent 73m (240ft). OS 66/350, NT178756. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506 843558/ 07709620046
Saturday 7 September A walk 13km/8 miles
Bike/hike to Beinn Fhionnlaidh from Glen Etive. The first (and last) 3km will be on bikes from Invercharnan on a forestry track. Then across a river and up steep slopes on rough paths to a rocky summit with minor scrambles and glorious views. Booking ahead essential to arrange bike transport. Contact Diane on 07769263872 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st August. The cycling part is undertaken at your own risk. Ascent 980m (3220ft). OS 50, NN143483. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Niccy 01501228722
Saturday 7 September B walk 13km/8 miles
Loch Drunkie circular from Brig O’Turk. A lovely forest walk passing along the shores of Loch Drunkie. Ascent 288m (940ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: L Ramsay
Sunday 8 September No walk
Due to road and car park closures for the Pedal for Scotland event there will be no walk today.
Wednesday 11 September B+ walk 15km/9½ miles
(Broughton Heights), Trahenna Hill, return by old rail line. Start in Broughton Village, using part of John Buchan Way, up into open glen to path junction. Option to ascend and descend Broughton Heights, adds 4km and 150m of ascent approx. Ascend Hammer Head, steep path through heather beside fence, and then along broad ridge to Trahenna Hill. Good views of Southern Uplands. Descend towards farm at Dreva, short section of road and then the old railway line beside the Tweed then Broughton Burn. Some of this is cattle pasture and is quite muddy. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 72, NT112365. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Nicola Fryer 07748017097 or 0131 478 1295
Wednesday 11 September C+ walk 11.5km/7 miles
Clachan of Campsie Circular. A circular walk starting at Clachan of Campsie and taking in Lennoxtown, and Lennox castle. Mostly good tracks and roads but there are muddy patches. Ascent 235m (765ft). OS 57, NS610795. Dep. WP 10:00.
Wednesday 11 September D walk 5km/3 miles
Almondell Country Park. A pleasant walk by the River Almond and in the woods. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 14 September Slow A walk 10km/6¼ miles
Schiehallion. Possibly Scotlands most iconic conical shaped hill, Schiehallion. Starting from the Braes of Foss car park the path climbs up its wide ridge, to a boulder field near the summit with extensive views from the top. Ascent 731m (2400ft). OS 51, NN753556. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Derek Jamieson 07732128589
Saturday 14 September C walk 8km/5 miles
River Avon Heritage Trail. Bus to Linlithgow Bridge then walk up the side of the river to the steps up to the canal. Across the aqueduct into the country park for a lunch stop and back by the canal towpath. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 15 September B+ walk 19.5km/12 miles
Glen Banvie and Bruar circuit. Starting at the car park near the old Bridge of Tilt, this walk takes in many historic sites and with a few detours we could visit the ruins of St Bridge’s Church, the folly built by one of the Dukes of Atholl and the Falls of Bruar. It’s a walk following waymarkers through a mixture of woodland and moorland taking in views of the Castle Beinn Dearg with glimpses of Schiehallion mostly on good tracks. Ascent 340m (1120ft). OS OL49/51, NN874662. Dep. WP 09:00.
Wednesday 18 September A walk 11km/7 miles
The Cobbler (Ben Arthur). The Cobbler has the most distinctive outline of any mountain in the Southern Highlands and makes a fantastic short day out. Extremely popular, the path on the way up has been improved and once past the initial zig zags makes a pleasant ascent. This route explores both peaks of the Cobbler before descending via the South Ridge. Happy to help anyone wishing to “summit”. Ascent 920m (3020ft). OS 56, NN294048. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: John Allen 07710766119
Wednesday 18 September B+ walk 9.5km/6 miles
Carrifran Valley, White Coomb and Grey Mare’s Tail. Just over the border into Dumfries and Galloway. A walk up the Carrifran Valley to White Coomb and descent by the Grey Mare’s Tail. A short car shuttle will be necessary. Ascent 600m (1970ft). OS 79, NT159115. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Doug Crockford 01313313707
Wednesday 18 September C walk 8.5km/5½ miles
Bathgate to Torphichen with some geology thrown in, plus a newly-mapped stone circle. Drive to Torphichen (to which the given grid ref relates), park cars, and take bus departing Torphichen 1044, to Bathgate Tesco. Visit Kirkton (geology), then by footpaths to Petershill Nature Reserve (more geology, visit optional). The side of Petershill quarry is steep and slippery, so you need rigid footwear and a walking pole if you wish to explore it. Ascend to The Knock (viewpoint, 300m). Then by path past the silver mines, and down to Torphichen. Ascent 215m (700ft). OS 65/349, NS968726. Dep. WP 10:00.
Saturday 21 September B+ walk 8km/5 miles
Dumyat from Blairlogie. Starting from Blairlogie village – behind Witches Craig caravan park then up onto Yellowcraig and then up to Dumyat. Down to Menstrie Glen. Ascent 424m (1394ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: L Ramsay
Sunday 22 September Slow A walk 17.25km/10¾ miles
Meall Tairneachan and Farragon Hill. Two Corbetts lying between Loch Tummel and Aberfeldy. On tracks and some pathless rough ground. Ascent 878m (2880ft). OS 52/379, NN780561. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 25 September B+ walk 14.5km/9 miles
Sgiath a’ Chaise from Strathyre. Mainly on forest tracks and footpaths. Sgiath a’ Chaise (645m) is a Graham. Return by the same route. Ascent 520m (1700ft). OS 57/365, NN560168. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 25 September B walk 9km/5½ miles
Dumyat circular from Sheriffmuir Road. Start at Black Hill woodland carpark, up good track. Ascent 305m (1000ft). OS 366/57, NS812979. Dep. WP 09:45. Contact: D & G McLaren 01324714759 07943987127
Wednesday 25 September C+ walk 9.5km/6 miles
Knock of Crieff Circular. Starting from Glenturret Distillery, up through Culcrieff Wood, the Golf Course and by gentle ascent to the Knock. Good paths, minimal road walking and spectacular views. Ascent 200m (650ft). OS 52/OL47, NN856234. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Moira 01506 834030
Saturday 28 September Slow A walk 16km/10 miles
Beinn a' Chaorainn and Beinn Teallach. Two Munros from Glen Spean. A forest track, followed by boggy slopes up to stunning views of Loch Treig and the Grey Corries. The delightful summit ridge then gives views down to dramatic corries and across to Creag Meagaidh. Back down wet slopes and up to a rocky ridge and the second summit which has the mixed blessing of having been promoted in 1984 to become the lowest Munro. The return route requires a river crossing which can be negotiated higher up if necessary. Ascent 1172m (3840ft). OS 34, NN377813. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: Niccy 01501228722
Sunday 29 September B+ walk 17.5km/11 miles
Ben Gullipen and Beinn Dearg circular. A walk up through forestry plantations to Ben Gullipen, then continuing over Beinn Dearg and on along the remarkable flat-topped ridge which extends southwest from Beinn Dearg for about 2km. Return via Loch Venachar to make a circular route. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 57/365, NN608071. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 2 October C+ walk 10.5km/6½ miles
Blairadam Forest. A circular walk around the north east corner of Blairadam Forest. Not just walking within the forest but passing Blairadam House and crossing open farmland with views across to Loch Leven and Benarty Hill. Mainly tracks and paths with one stile to cross. Ascent 210m (690ft). OS 58/367, NT129946. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145
Wednesday 2 October C walk 8km/5 miles
Muiravonside and Maddiston. A circular walk starting from Muiravonside Country Park, north along the canal then overland via public rights of way and the occasional quiet road. There will be 2 steep sets of steps on the walk. Ascent 40m (130ft). OS 65/349, NS963755. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Moira 01506 834030
Friday 4 – Monday 7 October
Autumn Weekend Away – Caledonian Hotel, Fort William
Contact the Away Weekends Convenor for details and booking
Wednesday 9 October B walk 15km/9½ miles
Muthill Circular. Starting from the centre of Muthill we head for the golf course, which is the highest point of the day, then through the grounds of Drummond Castle. From there to Bennybeg garden centre, the river Earn and follow the path along the river and old railwayline, Sallyardoch wood and back to Muthill. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 58, NN865169. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Neil & Alison Wallis 01786 850863 (Walk swapped from 30 October at the request of the walk leader)
Wednesday 9 October C+ walk 9km/5½ miles
A walk round Arthur’s Seat Edinburgh. Train into Waverley then walk down the Royal Mile to Holyrood. From there walk around Holyrood Park including up Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags. Ascent 215m (700ft). OS O/345, NT270737. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:50 for the 10:07 train.
Wednesday 9 October D walk 3km/2 miles
Red Squirrel Walk, Devilla Forest. A pleasant short walk in the forest. A red squirrel might be spotted. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 12 October Slow A walk 22km/13½ miles
The Pentland Five. This walk in the Pentland Hills Regional Park takes in Turnhouse Hill, Carnethy Hill, Scald Law, East Kip & West Kip. We will then follow the low level paths around Threipmur Reservoir, through Maiden’s Cleugh and around the Glen Corse Reservoir back to Flotterstone. Ascent 942m (3090ft). OS 66/344, NT232630. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Sue Lloyd 07787367912
Saturday 12 October C walk 9km/5½ miles
Devilla Forest. Walk from the car park up to Peppermill Dam and round Moor Loch and through the forest back to the car park. A circular walk. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 13 October B+ walk 9.5km/6 miles
Sron a Chlachain and Meall Clachach from Killin. A short but quite strenuous climb with great views down Loch Tay. Ascent 535m (1750ft). OS 51/378, NN573331. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 16 October B walk 13.5km/8½ miles
Brig O’Turk Loch Drunkie Circular. Walk on tracks from Brig O’Turk along the shores of Loch Venacher via forest paths to Loch Drunkie. Some short steepish ascents. Could be muddy in places. Good views of the lochs and mountains in the Trossachs park. Ascent 115m (380ft). OS 57, NN537066. Dep. WP 08:30.
Wednesday 16 October C walk 10km/6 miles
Kilsyth to Twechar by the River Kelvin and return along the Forth and Clyde Canal. Ascent minimal. OS 64, NS727784. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496
Saturday 19 October Slow A walk 8km/5 miles
Buachaille Etive Beag. Ascent of Buachaille Etive Beag will start along the Lairig Eilde. This walk takes in two munros: Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh reached by traversing the Buachaille’s south-west ridge. Ascent 900m (2952ft). OS 41/384, NN187562. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Sue Lloyd 07787367912
Sunday 20 October B walk 14km/8½ miles
Circular north from Pitlochry. The walk goes through the Enchanted Forest venue, around Loch Faskally and returns to Pitlochry via the Linn of Tummel. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 43/52, NN940578. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496
Wednesday 23 October B walk 12km/7½ miles
Drymen to Milton of Buchanan circular. Start in Drymen and walk east to join West Highland Way north into Garadban Forest, westward and down to Milton of Buchanan and return. Ascent 180m (600ft). OS 348, NS474886. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: D & G McLaren 01324714759 07943987127
Wednesday 23 October B walk 15.5km/9½ miles
Earl’s Seat from Blanefield. A circular walk in the Campsie Fells from Blanefield and taking in Earl’s Seat, the highest point of the Campsie’s. Ascent 685m (2250ft). OS 64/348, NS556796. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516
Wednesday 23 October
AGM at Linlithgow Rose Social Club 19:30
Followed by social evening (drinks available from the bar)
Saturday 26 October B walk 9.5km/6 miles
Ben Shee circular. Ben Shee (Ochils) – various interlinking paths through woodland south west of Glen Devon. Lovely views from top of hill. Ascent 290m (950ft). OS 58, NN973053. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 07939 201649
Wednesday 30 October B walk 3.5km/2¼ miles
Ben A’an. In the Trossachs. Short walk but some steep ascents over rough ground. Exceptional views on a good day. Ascent 305m (1000ft). OS 57, NN509070. Dep. WP 09:30. (Walk swapped from 9 October)
Wednesday 30 October C walk 10km/6 miles
Blackness to Abercorn. Blackness and Wester Shore Wood circular with loop to Midhope Castle and Abercorn. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT051800. Dep. WP 10:00.