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.
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 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, and includes three stream crossings so walking poles are advised. Great views to the Ayrshire hills, on a clear day. Ascent 243m (800ft). OS 72, NT141521. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Tracy Hill 07791155650 (This walk has been rescheduled from 14th August)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Beinn Fhionnlaidh from Glen Etive. The first (and last) 3km will be 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. Ascent 980m (3220ft). OS 50, NN143483. Dep. WP 08:00 Contact: Niccy 01501228722 Note: this walk was originally listed as a bike/hike with prior booking required, this is no longer the case, it will be a normal walk as the use of bikes is not justified.
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 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). Diane Mackie will co-ordinate the bikes and people from Linlithgow. You MUST register in advance for this walk. If you wish to attend please phone 07769 263872/01506 670397. Ascent 740m (2450ft). OS 36/43, NO064898. Dep. 07:00 (Walk rescheduled from 10th August)
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 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 09:45. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145 (This walk has been rescheduled from 24th July)
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 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 (Walk rescheduled from 31st July)
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.