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, car sharing etc., please click here.

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/9 miles
Hill of Tarvit circular via Cupar and Ceres. Ascent 150m (492ft). OS 59, NO375144. Dep. WP 09:00 (This walk has been swapped from 24th March)

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   8.5km/5¼ miles
Torphichen to Linlithgow via the hillfort on Bowden Hill. Some trackless pasture. Two stiles to cross. We rendezvous at the West Port car park at 1015 with boots on, but we will need to be at the bus stop across the road from the Black Bitch by 1025, to get the 31 bus to Torphichen. Leader will be at the West Port rendezvous, but other Ramblers who live near a different bus stop of the 31 bus can get on elsewhere, without phoning beforehand. E.g. the 31 bus leaves the Burghmuir Court bus stop in Springfield at 1021. Make sure to board the 31 bus headed Bathgate, not Livingston. The 31 bus does not give change so, if you do not have a Travel Card, you will need the correct fare, which is £1.40 from Black Bitch to Torphichen, or the same fare from Springfield. Ascent 154m (505 feet). OS 65/349, NS967725. Dep West Port 10:15. Contact: Al Morrison (01506 670401) (This walk has been rescheduled from 24th April)


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   13km/8 miles
Fife Coastal Path: Dysart to East Wemyss and return, including a visit to Macduff’s Castle (ruin). A number of steps are involved. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 59/367, NT302928. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893 (This replaces the Wemyss Circular walk which is also in the programme on 3rd April)

Wednesday 6 March  C walk   10km/6 miles
Water of Leith and Union Canal Circular from Haymarket Station. Walkers from Linlithgow should meet at Linlithgow Railway Station and board the 9.45 am train to Haymarket. The leader will already be on the train which for others that it might suit leaves Falkirk High at 9.35am and Polmont at 9.40am. For anyone arriving by another train or by bus please meet us in the concourse at Haymarket Station in time to start the walk at 10.15am. 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   17.5km/11 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 610m (2000ft). OS 66, NT181654. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Barclay. A. Hood Note the increased walk length and ascent from that shown in TRAIL)

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 

Tuesday 19 March  A walk  11.5km/7.25 miles
Walk to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sir Hugh Munro's death. A' Mharconaich and Geal-charn from Balsporran Cottages. Ice axe and crampons may be required. Contact leader to check. Ascent 731m (2,398 ft). OS 42. Start grid reference NN627791. Depart WP 07:30. Contact - Derek Lawson 07905 706495 / 01506 840446

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/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 08:30. (This walk has been swapped from 24th February)

Wednesday 27 March  B walk   19.5km/12 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, but there will be boggy patches. Ascent 550m (1800ft). OS 65, NT161558. Dep. WP 09:00 (Note revised Grade, walk length and ascent) 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 


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   10km/6 miles
Circular from Holl Reservoir. This walk on the edge of the Lomond Hills Regional Park takes us round Holl, Harperleas and Ballo Reservoirs on a variety of tracks and paths with a little walking on a quiet country road. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 58, NO224034. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496 (This replaces the Blairhall, Inzievar Woods walk shown in Issue 72 of TRAIL magazine)

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   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 (Walk rescheduled from 27th February)

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