These are the scheduled events for the Linlithgow Group, from today until the end of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 75, Summer 2020).
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.
Following instructions received from the Ramblers head office, all led walks are suspended from 18th March until at least 31st May 2020. Please visit https://www.ramblers.org.uk/coronavirus for more information.
Wednesday 8 April B walk 12.5km/7¾ miles WALK CANCELLED
Kilmahog to Stank Glen Circular. Start at car park next to former railway line, up into Bochastle Hill woods and up the valley to Stank Glen, returning along railway line through Pass of Leny. Ascent 355m (1160ft). OS 365, NN608082. Dep. WP 09:30.
Wednesday 8 April C+ walk 11.5km/7 miles WALK CANCELLED
Penicuik Estate. A circular walk around a countryside estate, along the river, through the woods and along a ridge above the river giving lovely views north and south. Good tracks, one long gradual ascent, two very short steep ascents, short tarmac sections. Ascent 220m (720ft). OS 66, NT214592. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: 07398165881/01313348953
Wednesday 8 April D walk 5km/3 miles WALK CANCELLED
Almondell Country Park. A spring walk in Almondell beside the River Almond. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 11 April B walk 14.5km/9 miles WALK CANCELLED
Seven Lochs Wetland Park Trail. Urban country paths linking Hogganfield Loch with Drumpellier Country Park from Stepps Station. Ascent minimal. OS 64, NS662683. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 08:00. Contact: William Lindsay & John McCreaddie 07950707204/07757211592
Sunday 12 April B walk 13.5km/8½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Lauder circular via Chester Hill and Blackchester Fort. Starting in Lauder we ascend a gentle climb to Chester Hill and through the village to join the Lauder Light Railway track and walk along to Blackchester Fort Pilmuir and Whitlaw Farms back into Lauder. This walk is mainly on good farm tracks with only gradual ascents. Ascent 200m (655ft). OS 73, NT530476. Dep. WP 09:00.
Wednesday 15 April B+ walk 14.5km/9 miles WALK CANCELLED
The Glen, Drove Road Circular. Drove road past Birks farm, Orchard Rig ascend Birkscairn Hill and Stake Law. Descend to Glensheil Bank. Return by Loch Eddy and Larch wood. Ascent 490m (1600ft). OS 73, NT297331. Dep. WP 09:00.
Wednesday 15 April C+ walk 10.5km/6½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Auchtertool Circular. This pleasant circular walk around rolling countryside makes use of core paths in the Auchtertool area near Kirkcaldy. Most of the route is over farmland on tracks and quiet roads however a few sections are on rougher ground. There are some gates which need to be climbed. We may pass through fields where water buffalo graze. (Source: Fife Walking). Ascent 245m (800ft). OS 58/367. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Rod Aird 07955 651145
Saturday 18 April B walk 9km/5½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Menstrie Glen circular. Starting from Menstrie a steep climb up to the main Glen track on the west side and then walk towards Lossburn reservoir past the ruins of Jerah, circling back on the east side of the Glen and a steep zig zag back down. Ascent 391m (1285ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: L Ramsay
Sunday 19 April A walk 12km/7½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Ben Lomond. One of the most popular Munros, rewarding people who climb it with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east. The route has been well made on a clear path. However, if there is snow on the route ice axe and crampons may be needed. Ascent 990m (3250ft). OS OL39, NS359986. Dep. WP 07:45. Contact: 07428 500524
Wednesday 22 April B walk 13km/8 miles WALK CANCELLED
Cardrona to Peebles via Cross Border Drove Road. Bus to Cardrona then ascend through the Cardrona forest to reach the cross border drove road back to Peebles. Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 73, NT301390. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford/moira stewart 01313313707/07835738618
Wednesday 22 April C walk 9.5km/6 miles WALK CANCELLED
Tillicoultry to Dollar circular. Starting from the Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village, we follow the old Drove Road to Dollar, returning via the Devon Way, which follows the old railway track. Ascent 25m (80ft). OS 58/366, NS918964. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Friday 24 – Monday 27 April
Spring Weekend Away – Aviemore
Contact the Away Weekends Convenor for details and booking
Wednesday 29 April B walk 12km/7½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Tarbrax – Woolfords – Cobbinshaw Hill circular. Industrial archeology interest (shale mining). Likely to be boggy in places. Ascent 100m (330ft). OS 65/344, NT026552. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 29 April B walk 12km/7½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Hawes Inn, S. Queensferry to Eagle Rock and return. A walk along the shore giving lovely views acros the Forth. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT138784. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: A. Barclay
Saturday 2 May A walk 24km/15 miles WALK CANCELLED
The Monadh Liath traverse. A traverse of three munros (A' Chailleach, Carn Sgulain and Carn Dearg) on mostly grassy, moorland type hills. In good weather it is a top-of-the-world stravaig providing easy walking on good terrain. Ascent 1050m (3445ft). OS 35, NN693998. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: 07412396828 or 07932216744
Sunday 3 May C walk 9.5km/6 miles WALK CANCELLED
Pedlars Way Gifford. Gifford, Eaglescairnie and Bolton circular. Ascent minimal. OS 66, NT534680. Dep. WP 09:30.
Wednesday 6 May Slow A walk 9.5km/6 miles WALK CANCELLED
Meall Corranaich & Meall a'Choire Leith. These 2 Munros are at the W end of the Ben Lawers range. We will ascend the SW ridge of Corranaich, head south to a'Choire Leith and then descend from there back to the start point, which involves some ascent! Great views in all directions, weather permitting. B walkers welcome, a relatively small amount of ascent to 'bag' 2 Munros. A suitable pace will be set to suit those who attend. Ascent 740m (2430ft). OS 51, NN593415. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Diane Mackie 07769 263872
Wednesday 6 May C walk 10km/6¼ miles WALK CANCELLED
Circular walk from Aberfoyle. Easy walk on forest trails past Lochan Spling and over shoulder of Garbeg Hill. Ascent 195m (640ft). OS 57/365, NN523008. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: 07709620046/01506843558
Saturday 9 May B walk 11.5km/7 miles WALK CANCELLED
Kilmahog to Stank Glen circular. Walk starts from Kilmahog and climbs gradually up through Bochastle forest, walking high above the glen floor we return via the old railway. Walking on forest tracks and paths. Ascent 240m (787ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 01324 666324
Sunday 10 May A walk 15.5km/9¾ miles WALK CANCELLED
The Brack and Cnoc Coinnich. Two interesting Corbetts starting from Ardgarten on Loch Long which will provide good views down Loch Long and Northward towards the Cobbler and Ben Lomond. The route contains steep ascent and decents from the Brack along with boggy sections prior to returning to the start point via the Cowal way. Ascent 1086m (3565ft). OS 56, NN269037. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07732128589
Wednesday 13 May B+ walk 14.5km/9 miles WALK CANCELLED
Rhymer's Route. Circular walk from Melrose. Varied route (hill, farmland and woodland) with steep ascents and descents, passing over the col between the Eildon Hills and further ascent to Cauldshiels Hill. Follows some sections of The Borders Abbeys Way and The St Cuthbert's Way. Some sections can be muddy. Ascent 320m (1050ft). OS 73, NT548340. Dep. WP 09:15. Contact: 07768 490134
Wednesday 13 May C+ walk 12km/7½ miles WALK CANCELLED
A walk from Ecclesmachan back to Linlithgow. Take the bus from Linlithgow to Ecclesmachan then walk via Oatridge, Binnie Craig and Beecraigs back to Linlithgow on quiet roads and paths. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 65, NT059735. Dep. WP 10.10 for 10.20 bus.
Wednesday 13 May D walk 3km/2 miles WALK CANCELLED
Red Squirrel Walk, Devilla Forest. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 16 May A walk 15.5km/9¾ miles WALK CANCELLED
Beinn Udlamain and Sgairneach Mhor. The southern pair of the four Munros on the west side of the Drumochter Pass. The descent from Beinn Udlamain is very steep and rough in parts. Ascent 785m (2575ft). OS 42/394, NN632755. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Sunday 17 May B walk 12km/7½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Coldingham and St Abbs coastal walk. Starting at Coldingham Bay car park, down onto the sands then rising up onto the cliff path to St Abbs. Through St Abbs staying high and onto the National Nature Reserve cliff walk to St Abbs head and the lighthouse beyond. Come down to Loch Mire. Walk along the side and rejoin the coastal path returning to Coldingham by the same route with a short detour to St Abbs harbour. Terrain – tarmaced roads and grassy paths alongside cliffs with some short steep inclines. Ascent 80m (260ft). OS 346. Dep. WP 08:30.
Tuesday 19 May C walk 4km/2½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Binny Craig Circular. A walk from Ecclesmachan up this dramatic little hill. The short steep ascent can be omitted by anyone wishing to rest at the bottom. Long trousers recommended as the return route may be a bit overgrown. Ascent 76m (250ft). OS 65, NT059736. Dep. WP 18:00. Contact: Jane Tingle 07742447160
Wednesday 20 May B walk 15km/9¼ miles WALK CANCELLED
Circular walk from Clatto Resevoir, Fife. Leaving the Clatto reservoir nature reserve heading west around Down Hill, and through Burnturk village with a return around Cults Hill and along the reservoir. This route is mainly on good paths and tracks through the farmlands of Fife, with a little bit of road. Ascent 300m (985ft). OS 59, NO367078. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 07922028898
Wednesday 20 May C+ walk 12km/7½ miles WALK CANCELLED
The Lands of Elgin (Broomhall) Circular. Mostly on paths and tracks with reasonable surfaces, a few unsurfaced sections may get muddy at times. Ascent 160m (525ft). OS 65/367, NT074833. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Saturday 23 May A+ walk 13km/8 miles WALK CANCELLED
Curved Ridge – Buchaille Etive Mor. This walk will include the grade 3 scramble, Curved Ridge, subject to weather conditions. Time permitting we will 'bag' both Munros of Buchaille Etive Mor – Stob Dearg and Stob na Broige before descending. If possible another walk leader will lead the easier alternative ascent. Details will be confirmed by email 1 week before the walk. Ascent 1110m (3640ft). OS 41, NN221563. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: Diane Mackie 07769 263872
Saturday 23 May C walk 9km/5½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Devilla Forest. Walk from the car park up to Peppermill Dam then round the Moor Loch and through the forest back to the car park. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 24 May B walk 14.5km/9 miles WALK CANCELLED
Forgandenny, Forteviot Circular. Circular walk including the River Earn, Water of May and Invermay Estate. Ascent 260m (855ft). OS 58, NO086182. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496
Wednesday 27 May B+ walk 19.5km/12 miles WALK CANCELLED
Borders Abbey Way, Hawick to Selkirk. Penultimate section of the Borders Abbey Way. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 73/79, NT470285. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Doug Crockford/Moira Stewart 0131331370707835738618
Wednesday 27 May C walk 9km/5½ miles WALK CANCELLED
Lochore Meadows Circular. Round Loch Ore and over Harran Hill. Ascent 135m (445ft). OS 58/367, NT170961. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: 07709620046/01506843558
Saturday 30 May A walk 21.5km/13¼ miles WALK CANCELLED
Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a'Chreachain. 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. Ascent 1206m (3955ft). OS 377, NN313437. Dep. WP 07:30.
Sunday 31 May B walk 14km/8¾ miles WALK CANCELLED
Little Glenshee to Craig Gibbon circular. Includes an optional ascent of Creag na Criche (456m/1496 ft) and a visit to the obelisk on Craig Gibbon. Ascent 450m (1475ft). OS 52/379, NN987339. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 3 June Slow A walk 14.5km/9 miles
Kirkton Glen and Meall an t'Seallaidh. Circular from Balquhidder along Kirkton Glen to a lochan then along a ridge to Meall an t-Seallaidh. Boggy in places with steep ascents and descents. Excellent views to Loch Voil and Loch Earn. Ascent 915m (3000ft). OS 51, NN535208. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516
Wednesday 3 June C+ walk 10.5km/6½ miles
Auchenstarry – Twechar Circular. A pleasant circular walk starting from Auchenstarry taking in Twechar, Roman Fort and Croy Hill. Ascent 120m (400ft). OS 64, NS718770. Dep. WP 10:00.
Saturday 6 June A walk 19km/11¾ miles
Bike/hike to Beinn Mhanach. Bike/hike to the Munro of Beinn Mhanach from access road to Auch farm on the A82 between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy. Bikes will be used for the first 8km of the approach, and along Auch Gleann, depending on the amount of water in the adjacent burn. The Munro sits in an isolated position at the foot of the glen. Ascent 890m (2920ft). OS 50, NN317354. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07412396828 or 07932216744
Sunday 7 June B+ walk 13km/8 miles
Wood Hill, Ben Ever, Ben Cleuch and The Law. From Wood Hill Wood, Tillicoultry. A steep walk up Wood Hill, then round Ben Ever, Ben Cleuch and down via The Law to Tillicoultry. Ascent 760m (2500ft). OS 58, NS899975. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516
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Monday 8 June A walk 13km/8 miles
Isobel Bytautas Memorial Munro walk. We will reclimb Isobel's final Munro, Na Gruagaichean, on the 1st anniversary of the tragedy. From Kinlochleven we will ascend via Sgor Eilde Beag to cross the dramatic ridge to the summit and descend the way we had intended that day. We will take a few moments to remember Isobel at the site of the lightning strike. Depending on time, weather and numbers, there may be an option to include the neighbouring Munro, Binnein Mor. Ascent 1270m (4165ft). OS 41, NN187622. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: 01501 228722
Wednesday 10 June B+ walk 15km/9¼ miles
Pentlands ups and downs, from Swanston. Swanston, up on to ridge at Caerketton, over Allermuir, down to Glencorse reservoir, along to Harbour Hill, up and over, ditto Capelaw, another ascent of Allermuir and back to Swanston. All on paths, some steep and narrow, some could be muddy/boggy, and some are just fine for walking side by side for a blether! Ascent 600m (1970ft). OS 66/344, NT240674. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Nicola Fryer 07748017097 or 01314781295
Wednesday 10 June C+ walk 13km/8 miles
Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay Circular. This walk starts in Inverkeithing and follows the coastal path around Dalgety Bay before heading inland, crossing the A921 and up to Fordell Woods. Returns through Letham Hill Wood. (Source: Fife Walking). Ascent 230m (750ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145
Wednesday 10 June D walk 5km/3 miles
Oatridge from Forkneuk Road, Uphall. Walk up a farm road to Binny Craig (climb optional), round Oatridge and back. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 13 June A+ walk 27km/16¾ miles
Stob Ban and The Grey Corries Traverse. Starting from Corriechoille the walk will take in four munros, first heading up the good track to the Lairig Leacach bothy before ascending Stob Ban. From here we will head across to Stob Coire Claurigh and pick up the Grey Corries ridge leading us round to the other two munros of the day before completing the circuit down the Beinn na Socaich ridge. Ascent 1645m (5395ft). OS 392, NN252793. Dep. WP 06:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 01506840446
Sunday 14 June B+ walk 19.5km/12 miles
Traquair to Yarrow and return. A walk from Traquair via the west side of Welshie Hill to visit Yarrow Kirkyard, returning by the path to the east of Glengaber Hill. Ascent 500m (1640ft). OS 73/337, NT330345. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 07526 544800
Wednesday 17 June Slow A walk 11km/6¾ miles
Ben Vane. One of the Arrochar Alps, Ben Vane is small but steep! Parking at Inveruglas on the W of Loch Lomond. There is a track for access and then a steep climb through crags, which you can avoid or scramble through. The steepness does relent and the cairn is on a small plateau. Return is by the same route. This slow A walk is suitable for regular B walkers who would like to try a Munro. We will have plenty of time for this walk. Ascent 930m (3050ft). OS 56, NN322098. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Diane Mackie 07769 263872
Wednesday 17 June C+ walk 14km/8¾ miles
Dunfermline to Culross linear. This walk follows the Fife Pilgrim Way. We will park in Culross and take the service bus to Dunfermline. The route is mainly farm tracks, back roads, cycle track and pavements. Remember to bring your bus pass if you have one. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 65, NS983858. Dep. WP 09:15 15. Contact: Alison Wallis 01786 850863
Saturday 20 June B+ walk 22.5km/14 miles
Pilgrims Way Walk. The walk starts at Leys Park Road Car Park Dunfermline KY12 0AB. From there we walk along the cycle path and on to Loch Fitty, Kelty, Loch Ore and finishing in Lochgelly where we catch a train back to Dunfermline. Ascent 185m (600ft). OS 65/58, NT098877. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: William Lindsay & John McCreaddie 07950707204/07757211592
Saturday 20 – Tuesday 23 June Knoydart Weekend
3 nights at the Foundation Bunkhouse Inverie
Contact K Ward (0793 221 6744) for details and bookings
Sunday 21 June B walk 12km/7½ miles
Pool of Muckhart, Seamab Hill and Commonedge Hill. Start from Coronation Hall walking east to the church then steep ascent of Seamab Hill, then levels out on the ridge with Commonedge Hill through forestry, a walk with good views across the Forth valley and the rest of Ochils. Ascent 283m (930ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 01506 203101
Tuesday 23 June B walk 7.5km/4¾ miles
Dumyat Hill Path. Hill track rocky and boggy in places to a great view point. Ascent 290m (950ft). OS 57, NS810975. Dep. WP 18:00. Contact: Jane Tingle 07742447160
Wednesday 24 June B walk 19km/11¾ miles
Linlithgow Blackness circular. Circular over to Carriden, following John Muir Way to Blackness, then up to Cauldcoats Holdings finishing on Union Canal by way of Pardovan. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30.
Wednesday 24 June B walk 13.5km/8½ miles
The Cloich Loop. A circular walk from Eddleston using mainly tracks, paths and minor roads. Ascent minimal. OS 73, NT242471. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 07768 490134
Friday 26 – Monday 29 June Torridon Weekend
3 nights at Torridon Youth Hostel in a classic hills area, doing Munros and Corbetts grades A and A+.
Contact S Allison (01506 840579) for details and bookings..
Saturday 27 June C walk 9.5km/6 miles
Aberfoyle – Butlers Walk to Gartmore linear. A pleasant Walk along the old railway to the quaint village of Gartmore. Ascent minimal. Ascent minimal. OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: William Lindsay 07950707204
Wednesday 1 July Slow A walk 14km/8¾ miles
An Caisteal & Beinn a'Chroin. Starting from Glen Falloch up to An Caisteal and then to Beinn a'Chroin. These hills are a mix of grassy lower slopes, rockier tops, zig zag paths through crags and should give great views from the summits. A and B walkers welcome, a suitable pace will be taken to allow all walkers to achieve the summits. Ascent 1045m (3430ft). OS 50/56, NN368238. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Diane Mackie 07769 263872
Wednesday 1 July C+ walk 13.5km/8½ miles
Circular from Glasgow Queen Street Station. Meet at Linlithgow railway station for train to Queen St – time tba. Walk up to Port Dundas and along the branch canal to the Forth and Clyde Canal, on to Maryhill, down the R Kelvin to Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Park, returning along Renfrew St. Ascent 110m (360ft). OS 342, NS591655. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station – contact leader for train time. .
Saturday 4 July A walk 22km/13¾ miles
Bike/Hike Beinn Bhuidhe. This Munro is approached through Glen Fyne from the A83 alongside Loch Fyne. We will cycle 7.5km to Inverchorachan, mostly on tarmac. The walk from here includes ascending via the upper corrie to the lowest point on the ridge and then to the summit. Return via pt 901m and the SE ridge. You must register in advance for this walk to allow bike transport to be arranged. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org The bike section is undertaken at your own risk. Ascent 955m (3135ft). OS 50, NN193127. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Diane Mackie 07769 263872
Sunday 5 July B walk 12.75km/8 miles
Kippen Circular. Starting at the War memorial in the picturesque village of Kippen we will walk along country lanes, grassy paths, farm tracks and minor roads. We will have good views of the Gargunnock Hills. Ascent 160m (525ft). OS 366, NS653947. Dep. WP 09:00.
Wednesday 8 July B walk 16km/10 miles
Artney church to Callander. This walk requires a car shuffle from start to finish. Initial start is Callander. Walk commences from Glen Artney church car park. We follow the Water of Ruchill along the moorland track through wild and remote glens, passing by the shooting bothy of Arivurichardich, then on to Callander Craigs and descend back to the cars. Great views from the south of both Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Croin. Passengers can refresh themselves in Callander, whilst the drivers return the cars (approx. 75 mins). Ascent 400m (1310ft). OS 57, NN711161. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 07922028898
Wednesday 8 July C walk 11.5km/7 miles
Devilla forest walk. A circular walk following the squirrel trail, includes Bordie Loch, Danish Camp, curling pond, Moor Loch, the Boar house, Peppermill Dam, Kier Loch. Mainly on good tracks. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:00.
Wednesday 8 July D walk 5km/3 miles
Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoirs. Walk by Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoirs at the foot of the Pentland Hills, above Balerno. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 11 July B+ walk 9.5km/6 miles
The Wiss Hill Circular. A 589 metre (1932ft) Marilyn set above St Mary's Loch and Ettrick Valley affording grand views to the Anglo-Scottish Border and Moffat, Tweedmuir and Manor Hills. Starting point at Car Park between James Hogg statue and Glen Cafe. Ascent 425m (1400ft). OS 79/73, NT237204. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: William Lindsay & John McCreaddie 07950707204/07757211592
Sunday 12 July Slow A walk 13km/8 miles
Beinn Dearg from Glen Artney. Starting from the car park at Auchnashelloch, this walk includes some rough walking to reach this Graham (706m). A circular route returning via Sròn na Maoile. Ascent 810m (2655ft). OS 57/368, NN710160. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 15 July B walk 15km/9¼ miles
St Mary's Loch circuit. Lovely lochside walk on part of the Southern Upland Way and new paths above the road. Ascent 170m (560ft). OS 73, NT237204. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Doug Crockford/Moira Stewart 01313313707/07835738618
Wednesday 15 July C walk 9.5km/6 miles
Drymen Circular. This is a lovely walk on good tracks with a few short stretches on minor roads. Ascent 235m (771ft). OS 57, NS479906. Dep. WP 09:30.
Saturday 18 July A+/slow A walk 18-19km/11-12 miles
A choice of 5 or 3 Munros in the Lawers range. A traverse of 5 Munros – Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh & Meall Greigh, ascent 1755m (5760ft); or 3 munros from Lawers Hotel on the A827 – Meall Greigh, Meall Garbh and An Stuc, ascent 1240m (4070ft). A wee bit of scrambling to get up steeply on to An Stuc. A car shuttle will be required for the 5 munros. OS 51, NN608377 or NN677396. Dep. WP 07:30
Saturday 18 July C walk 8km/5 miles
Culross. From the car park walk around Preston Island and the village of Culross, and maybe the Abbey. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 19 July B 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
Tuesday 21 July C walk 10.5km/6½ miles
Kelpies Circular. From Falkirk Stadium on good paths to the Kelpies and on to Skinflats. Return via a new bridge over the river Carron. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS096805. Dep. WP 18:00. Contact: Jane Tingle 07742447160
Wednesday 22 July A walk 10km/6¼ miles
Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) from Ardlui. The most northerly Munro of the Arrochar Alps, Ben Vorlich towers over the northern reaches of Loch Lomond. This walk follows the north east ridge of Ben Vorlich starting from Ardlui with great views of Loch Lomond on a fine day. The route can be boggy. Ascent 980m (3215ft). OS 56, NN319151. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 07791155650
Wednesday 22 July C walk 10km/6¼ miles
Linithgow to Bo'ness linear. Walk from Linlithgow via Mill Lade, Fishers Brae, Kinneil Woods, Bo'ness Foreshore and Dock and return by bus. Ascent 143m (470ft). OS 65/349, NS995771. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: 07709620046/01506843558
Saturday 25 July A+ walk 11km/7 miles
Bidean nam Bian Traverse. The final route to be confirmed but hopefully a traverse of Stob Coire nan Lochan, Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach and Beinn Fhada. Ascent 1776m (5825ft). OS 41, NN138566. Dep. WP 07:00.
Sunday 26 July C+ walk 12km/7½ miles
Circular from Lauder to Blackchester Fort via Blackchester, Trabrown and Whitelaw. Ascent 180m (590ft). OS 73. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: 01506 203101
Wednesday 29 July B walk 12.5km/7¾ miles
Cademuir Hill Forts and the River Tweed. Circular walk from Peebles. A mix of minor roads, hill/ridge walking and riverside paths. Fine views in good weather. Follows The John Buchan Way in places. The hill forts on Cademuir Hill are grassy bumps today. Route passes Neidpath Castle. Ascent 245m (800ft). OS 73, NT251402. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 07768 490134
Wednesday 29 July C walk 8.5km/5¼ miles
Killandean and Almond Circuit (SW of Livingston). Park near Kirkton. Cross Killandean Burn and River Almond, and pass Livingston Heritage Centre, then upstream along River Almond, south past Easter Breich, then downstream along Killandean Burn, back to start. Route is clearest on SPOKES Cycle Map of West Lothian (1:30,000), because it shows Livingston on reverse at 1:10,000. Ascent 20m (65ft). OS 62/349, NT037665. Dep. WP 09:45.
Saturday 1 August B+ walk 21.5km/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 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 07:15 for 07:30 train. Contact: William Lindsay & John McCreaddie 07950707204/07757211592
Sunday 2 August B+ walk 14.5km/9 miles
Scad Hill/Skythorn Hill circular, Glen Devon Ochils. Starting near Frandy farm climbing up onto the ridge of Scad Hill and then onto Skythorn Hill and down past Upper/ Lower Glendevon reservoir. Ascent 435m (1434ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: L Ramsay – 01324 666324
Wednesday 5 August A walk 14.5km/9 miles
Mayar and Driesh. Two Munros starting from Glen Doll. A stunning ascent through picturesque Corrie Fee leads up to the extensive rolling plateau visiting the summits of Mayar and Driesh. We will descend on the Kilbo path back to Glendoll forest at the head of Glen Clova. Ascent 835m (2740ft). OS 44, NO284760. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07791155650
Wednesday 5 August C+ walk 10.5km/6½ miles
Yellowcraig to Gullane Circular. Starting at the Yellowcraig car park East Lothian proceeding west along coast to Gullane with good views across the Forth. Return to Direlton via Archerfield estate partly on the John Muir Way. Ascent minimal. OS 66/351, NT515855. Dep. WP 09:45.
Friday 7 – Monday 10 August
Slow A/B Assynt Weekend
3 nights at the Inchnadamph Hotel
Contact J Tingle (07742 447160) for details and bookings
Wednesday 12 August C+ walk 12km/7½ miles
Auchineden Circular. This is a lovely walk with views of the Cobbler, Ben Narnain and Ben Lomond. Ascent 260m (853ft). OS 64, NS513794. Dep. WP 09:15.
Wednesday 12 August B walk 12km/7½ miles
Gypsy Glen/Glensax Circular. Circular walk from Peebles, following the drove road from Gypsy Glen over Kailzie Hill, Kirkhope Law and Birkscairn Hill, descending to Glensax and back to Peebles. Fine views in good weather. Rough moorland tracks and paths, can be very boggy in places. Steep ascents and descents. Ascent 380m (1250ft). OS 73, NT251401. Dep. WP 09:45. Contact: 07768 490134
Wednesday 12 August D walk 5km/3 miles
Kilmahog. A pleasant walk beside the River Teith. Ascent minimal. OS 57. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 15 August A walk 19km/11¾ miles
Circuit of 4 Munros from Glenshee – Carn an Tuirc, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe and Cairn of Claise. A circuit of four rounded Munros on the east side of the Cairnwell Pass. The wide rolling plateau provides a feeling of space. Approach can be boggy and the walk includes a pathless traverse across peat hags. Ascent 939m (3080ft). OS 387, NO150978. Dep. WP 06:30.
Sunday 16 August B walk 13km/8 miles
Auchterarder Circular. Circular from Auchterarder incorporating Ruthven Water and Glen Cloan. Ascent 310m (1015ft). OS 58, NN945128. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496
Wednesday 19 August B+ walk 16km/10 miles
Borders Abbey Way, Selkirk to Melrose. Final section of the Borders Abbey Way. Bus to Selkirk and walk back. Ascent 300m (985ft). OS 73, NT545346. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Doug Crockford/Moira Stewart 01313313707/07835738618
Wednesday 19 August C walk 11km/6¾ miles
Falkirk to Falkirk Wheel circular. Meet at Linlithgow railway station 09.45 for 10.02 train. Walk from Falkirk High station along Union Canal to Roughcastle and the Wheel, returning to Grahamston station along the Forth and Clyde Canal. Ascent minimal. OS 65/349, NS883791. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:45.
Saturday 22 August A walk 22.5km/14 miles
Lomond Hills Circuit. Bishop Hill, West Lomond and East Lomond from Holl Reservoir. Ascent 760m (2500ft). OS 58/59, NO224034. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516
Saturday 22 August C walk 8km/5 miles
River Avon and Ditch witches to Bo'ness Road. Bus to Linlithgow Bridge, cross the road and walk down the path to the river, then ditch witches and by Kinneil Farm and Balderston back to Linlithgow. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 23 August B walk 11.25km/7 miles
Romannobridge circular. From Romannobridge to Newlands Church, then upwards to Whiteside Hill following round by Green Knowe and Drum Maw. Ascent 224m (735ft). OS 72, NT161481. Dep. WP 09:00.
Wednesday 26 August A walk 22.5km/14 miles
Glendevon Forest Circuit. This is a long circular walk over a series of small but defined hills with numerous points to take in the views. As none of the hills are particularly high there are no prolonged ascents, but mainly off paths. Ascent 1220m (4000ft). OS 58/366/369, NN996032. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516
Wednesday 26 August C walk 9.25km/5¾ miles
Camps Viaduct and Uphall Station. Park near East Calder, go over Almondell Park on Camps Viaduct, and follow path on route of former railway, to Uphall Station.Then east past Roman Camp, and south to descend into Almondell Park, then up again to the car park. See D. Milne, 'West Lothian Walks', p.62, and SPOKES Cycle Map of West Lothian (1:30,000). Ascent 44m (145ft). OS 65, NT092682. Dep. WP 09:45.
Saturday 29 August A walk 14km/8¾ miles
Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh circuit. The horseshoe route around the reservoir takes in Ben Cruachan, a fine ridge, and a second Munro, Stob Diamh. Walk involves some steep and rocky sections and a short section of easy scrambling. Ascent 1380m (4530ft). OS 377, NN080267. Dep. WP 06:30.
Wednesday 2 September B+ walk 17km/10½ miles
Creag Each and Creag Ruadh. 2 Grahams on the north side of Loch Earn. Ascent 1050m (3445ft). OS 51, NN669247. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Barclay
Wednesday 2 September C+ walk 10.5km/6½ miles
Kirkcaldy – Dysart Circular. A walk near the coast and return through Ravenscraig park. Some stairs to climb. Ascent 120m (400ft). OS 59, NT292926. Dep. WP 10:00.
Saturday 5 September B walk 16km/10 miles
The Glen, near Traquair. A walk along the glen, good tracks in forest to open hillside, traverse to valley side and return on tracks. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 73, NT320334. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Ian Beck 07952 734929
Sunday 6 September A walk 9km/5½ miles
Beinn Mhanach. Situated between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy. Approach is from Achallader farm up via Coire Achaladair and up an old stalkers path. Ascent 750m (2460ft). OS 50, NN322443. Dep. WP 08:00.
Wednesday 9 September B+ walk 13.5km/8½ miles
Whiteadder reservoir, Spartelton Edge & Priestlaw Hill, East Lothian. Starting from the picnic site at Whiteadder reservoir, we climb north over Bothwell hill, then west over Spartleton Edge before dropping down to Gamelsheil castle. Now passing the reservoir, around Penshiel and on up and over Priestlaw hill before returning by way of the damhead. Moorland tracks and paths. Ascent 650m (2135ft). OS 345, NT666633. Dep. WP 09:15. Contact: 07922028898
Wednesday 9 September B walk 14.5km/9 miles
Old North Road & Cullaloe. This walk starts in Aberdour and follows the historic Old North Road and then crosses the Cullaloe Hills passing two follies along the way. Although this is an easy walk in most places, the section of the Old North Road through the woodland can be very wet in places. (Source: Fife Walking). Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 66. Dep. West Port 09:00. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145
Wednesday 9 September D walk 5km/3 miles
Almondell Country Park. A pleasant walk in the country park by the River Almond. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 12 September A+ walk 22.5km/14 miles
Ben Macdui Circuit of three munros. Starting at the Cairngorm Ski Centre Car Park we will head out onto the plateau to the summit of Ben Macdui before dropping down to Loch Etchachan and climbing our second munro of the day, Beinn Mheadhoin. The route then takes us past the shelter stone and round the west side of Loch Avon before the steep climb up by the Alt Coirie Raibert waterfall to regain the plateau and round to our final munro of the day Cairn Gorm. From here its a relatively short descent back to the car park. Ascent 1540m (5050ft). OS 36, NH989059. Dep. WP 06:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 07905706495 01506840446
Saturday 12 September B+ walk 14.5km/9 miles
Seamab and Commonedge hill from Dollar. A circular walk from Dollar through GlenQuey, through Geordies wood up onto Seamab hill then over to Commonedge hill and returning to Dollar. Mostly on tracks and grassy footpaths. Ascent 475m (1562ft). OS 58. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: L Ramsay – 01324 666324
Sunday 13 September B walk 9.5km/6 miles
Pyked Stane Hill via Ladyurd Forest. At 571m Pyked Stane Hill is the highest point of the uplands known as the Broughton Heights. Ascent 425m (1400ft). OS 72, NT139434. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 07526 5448000
Wednesday 16 September B walk 9km/5½ miles
Innerdouny and Mellock Hill. The ascent of Innerdouny Hill is by a forest track. The descent route is very rough in places. The ascent of Mellock Hill is optional on the descent route. Ascent 325m (1065ft). OS 58/369, NO012070. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 16 September C walk 10km/6¼ miles
Culross/Preston Island. Circular walk at Culross, Preston Island, and Bluther Burn to High Valleyfield and back via upper Culross. Ascent 80m (260ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: email@example.com
Saturday 19 September B walk 17km/10½ miles
Tibbie Shiels figure of eight via Ettrick Kirk and Loch of the Lowes. This walk is mostly on good paths and tracks with a short section on a minor road. It can be boggy underfoot when wet. Ascent 445m (1460ft). OS 73/79, NT236205. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: 01506 203101
Saturday 19 September C walk 8km/5 miles
River Avon Heritage Trail. Bus to Linlithgow Bridge. Walk up the river path to the canal, cross the aqueduct into the country park for a lunch stop, then return by the canal towpath. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 20 September B+ walk 17.5km/11 miles
Cruinn a Bheinn. This is a Graham on the east side of Loch Lomond. Begin at Inversnaid Hotel. Ascent 580m (1900ft). OS 56, NS337088. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: A. Barclay
Wednesday 23 September Slow A walk 11km/6¾ miles
Ben Lawers via Beinn Ghlas. Classic Munro above Loch Tay. Ascent 900m (2955ft). OS 51, NN608377. Dep. WP 07:30.
Wednesday 23 September C+ walk 12km/7½ miles
Loch Mahaick from Doune Arts Centre. A there and back walk from the Arts Centre over the Braes of Doune, to Loch Mahaick. On landrover tracks, mostly open ground with good views, some forestry paths. Ascent 200m (655ft). OS 57, NN716029. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Neil and Alison Wallis 01786 850863
Saturday 26 September B walk 16km/10 miles
Ecclesmachan to Linlithgow. Bus to Ecclesmachan and returning to Linlithgow via Oatridge, Binny Craig, Beecraigs and Cockleroy. Mainly paths and some minor roads. Ascent 200m (655ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 8:55 for 9:10 bus (which might arrive earlier) at Black Bitch pub.
Sunday 27 September A walk 20km/12½ miles
Sgurr Eilde Mor and Binnein Beag. At the east of the Mamores range. They stand apart from the rest of the ridge as isolated cones of scree, giving arduous ascents but wonderful views. Ascent 1582m (5190ft). OS 41, NN188623. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: John Allen 07710 766119
Wednesday 30 September Slow A walk 20km/12½ miles
Benvane from Brig o'Turk. Starting from the Lendrick Hill car park, we will ascend this Corbett via Gleann Casaig. Ascent 1035m (3400ft). OS 51/365, NN545065. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 30 September C+ walk 10.75km/6¾ miles
St David's Bay, Dalgety Bay, Inverkeithing Circular. Starting at St David's Bay, walk east along coastal path and inland from St Bridget's Kirk to Cornerstone Church, across the railway line to Fordell Woods, back to Dalgety Bay Station, into Letham Woods south west to edge of Inverkeithing and return along coastal path. Ascent 168m (550ft). OS 367, NT148824. Dep. WP 10:00.
Friday 2 – Monday 4 October
Autumn Weekend Away
Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer
Contact the Away Weekends Convenor for details and booking
Wednesday 7 October B walk 13km/8 miles
Carleatheran from Gargunnock. An ascent via Downie's Loup (waterfall) to Carleatheran (485m). Ascent 460m (1510ft). OS 57/348, NS705943. Dep. WP 09:15. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 7 October C walk 9.5km/6 miles
Calderwood & Almondell Circuit. A circular walk through Almondell Country Park and Calderwood ancient woodland, a straightforward path allows time to enjoy the autumn colours. Ascent minimal. OS 350, NT076667. Dep. WP 10:00.
Saturday 10 October A walk 22km/13¾ miles
Beinn a' Ghlo circuit. The approach to the three Beinn a' Ghlo munros will start from Loch Moraig. This is a circular walk ascending Carn Liath first and finishing on Carn nan Gabhar (third Munro). Steep hillsides of grass, heather and scree will be encountered on the walk. Ascent 1240m (4070ft). OS 43, NN906671. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07412396828 or 07932216744
Sunday 11 October B+ walk 18km/11¼ miles
Ben Cleuch from Glendevon. This is a more challenging route on to Ben Cleuch (721m) than the usual approaches from the south. Some sections of this route are off path and quite rough. Ascent 650m (2135ft). OS 58/366, NN948051. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 14 October A walk 9km/5½ miles
Meall Buidhe. This Munro (932m) is situated to the north of Loch an Daimh in Glen Lyon. From the east end of the dam a path leads up via Meall a' Phuill via point 917m and upwards to the summit. Ascent 532m (1745ft). OS 51, NN511463. Dep. WP 08:00.
Wednesday 14 October C+ walk 13km/8 miles
Primrose Hill and Loch Katrine. A pleasant walk beside Loch Katrine then up Primrose Hill, using good forestry tracks and paths. Stunning views. Then descend back to the lochside and return. There may be a car park charge. Ascent 290m (948ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 10:00.
Wednesday 14 October D walk 5km/3 miles
Beecraigs. Walk around the loch and through the woods. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30.
Saturday 17 October B+ walk 14.5km/9 miles
Earl's Seat and the Corrie of Balglass. From Fintry, this walk ascends past Dunmore Fort to the Corrie of Balglass, then on to Earl's Seat, the highest point in the Campsie Fells. Return is via Little Corrie, Jock's Cairn, and then Corrie of Balglass. Quite steep and rough underfoot in places. Ascent 670m (2200ft). OS 57/348, NS615867. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Sunday 18 October B walk 14km/8¾ miles
Louden Hill Circular. Varied walk from Darvel along old railway line then short steep climb up the volcanic plug Louden Hill. The return is over open moorland then wooded paths along the River Irvine. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 71, NS571364. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496
Wednesday 21 October B+ walk 13.5km/8½ miles
Wanlockhead and Lowther Hills. Starting in Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village, we take in some of the history of this lead mining area before heading up into the Lowther Hills. Ascent 610m (2000ft). OS 78, NS873129. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Bob Beattie 07973 439516
Wednesday 21 October C+ walk 11.25km/7 miles
Peebles Glentress Forest Circular. Start at the riverside car park on south side of the Tweed in Peebles. Proceed up past the Hydro and into Glentress Forest past Kittlegairy Hill, Cardie Hill down past the activity centre and return along the R. Tweed on the old railway line. Ascent 265m (870ft). OS 337, NT251402. Dep. WP 09:30.
Saturday 24 October A walk 16km/10 miles
Carn Bhac. Carn Bhac is a rounded munro deep in the heart of the Mounth south west of Braemar. 'Hill of the peat hags' doesn't sound too promising but it offers a wonderful sense of remote wilderness. We'll begin on the track from Inverey up Glen Ey but take a right fork at the Auchelie ruin up another track away from the usual route along the burn. From the bealach between Carn Bhac and Carn Creagach it's a gentle 1km climb to the summit. Return will be by the same route. Ascent 600m (1970ft). OS 43, NO088893. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: 01501 228722
Saturday 24 October C walk 8km/5 miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroi. Walk from the visitor centre round Beecraigs Loch and through the woods to Cockleroi (climb optional) returning tothe visitor centre by another path. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:45.
Sunday 25 October C walk 10km/6¼ miles
Linithgow to Bo'ness linear. Walk from Linlithgow Cross via Mill Lade, Fishers Brae, Kinneil Woods, Bo'ness Foreshore and Dock and return by bus. Ascent 143m (470ft). OS 65/349, NT002771. Dep. LC 13:00 GMT. Contact: 07709620046/01506843558
Wednesday 28 October B+ walk 15.5km/9½ miles
Dollar to Alva linear. Bus from Alva to Dollar, walk back via King's Seat, Andrew Gannel Hill, Ben Cleuch, Ben Buck and Craighorn. Ascent 875m (2870ft). OS 58/366, NS878970. Dep. WP 08:45. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893/07526 544800
Wednesday 28 October
Linlithgow Rose Social Club 19:30
Followed by social evening (drinks available from the bar)
Wednesday 28 October B walk 13km/8 miles
Blairadam Estate and Forest. This circular walk takes in the open parkland of Blairadam Estate, the farmland to the north and Blairadam forest. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 367, NT129946. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Rod Aird 07955651145
Saturday 31 October A walk 20.75km/13 miles
Glas Maol and Creag Leacach. From Glen Isla, a fantastic horseshoe with great views from Monega Hill and a much better route for the two Munros than the usual approach from the Cairnwell with a finish over the Corbett, Monamenach. Ascent 1135m (3725ft). OS 43/44, NO192698. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: John Allen 07710766119