Scheduled Events

These are the scheduled events for the Linlithgow Group, from today until the end of the current programme (TRAIL Issue 71, Summer 2018).

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

Friday 27 – Monday 30 April
Spring Weekend Away – Gilsland Hall Hotel, Cumbria
Contact the Away Weekends Convenor for details and booking

May

Wednesday 2 May   B walk   15km/9½ miles
Bankfoot to Dunkeld via Glen Garr, Rumbling Bridge and the Hermitage. Return to Bankfoot by bus. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 52, NO063352. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 2 May  A walk   17km/10½ miles
Glenartney – Strath a’ Ghlinne – Gleann Choirein circular. Starting at Auchnashelloch, a glen walk including the Corbett Meall na Fearna. Ascent 636m (2100ft). OS 57, NN710160. Dep. WP 08:30 Note earlier departure time and longer walk length

Offers of walks for the Winter 2018-19 Programme
to Walks Convenors by Monday 4 June please
Online form available at: https://linlithgowramblers.org.uk/site/offer-of-walk-form/

Saturday 5 May   A walk   25.5km/16 miles
Glen Doll to Loch Muick. This circular walk starts from Glen Doll carpark. Parking charge applies. It is a long walk but on good tracks and paths. The outward route to Loch Muick is via Capel Mounth. The return is made across a plateau before dropping down into upper Glen Clova and following the South Esk river back to the start. Ascent 888m (2913ft). OS 44, NO283761. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Doreen Pirrie 07903 584606

Sunday 6 May   B+ walk   14.5km/9 miles
Fintry Hills – Stronend from Ballochleam Farm. Some rough terrain. Ascent 400m (1300ft). OS 57, NS653922. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sue Lloyd 07787367912

Wednesday 9 May  A walk    24km/15 miles
Innerleithen to Galashiels. Linear walk. Initially up quite steep slopes in woodland then on undulating paths on open hillside. Ending on a part of the Southern Upland Way. Bring bus pass if applicable. Ascent 670m (2200ft). OS 73, NT329365. Dep. WP 09:00. (Note revised walk length and grade) Contact: A. Barclay. A. Hood

Wednesday 9 May   C+ walk   11km/7 miles
A local walk from Torphichen back to Linlithgow. Bus from the West Port to Torphichen, then walk to Beecraigs via the Korean war memorial and Witches Craig then back to Linlithgow on quiet roads and paths. Some steep steps involved and optional climb up Cockleroy. Ascent 200m (650ft). OS 65/349, NS967725. Dep. WP 10.10am for 10.25 bus

Wednesday 9 May   D walk   5 – 5.5km/3 – 3.5 miles
Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoirs. From Red Moss car park by Threipmuir and Harlaw Reservoirs. A pleasant walk. Ascent minimal. OS 65/66. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 12 May   B walk   18km/11 miles
Longniddry old railway walk. Longniddry to Haddington, Garlton Hills, Athelstaneford then on to Drem. Return by train. Ascent 118m (390ft). OS 66. Dep. WP 08:30

Saturday 12 May   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Devilla Forest. A pleasant circular walk by Peppermill Dam and the Moor Loch and through the forest starting and finishing at the car park. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 13 May   B+ walk   12km/7½ miles
Nine Mile Burn Circular. Pentlands walk circumnavigating Braid Law, ascending South Black Hill, Scald Law, East Kip, West Kip and descending via Green Law and Spittal Hill. Ascent 650m (2130ft). OS 66, NT177577. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 16 May   B walk   12km/7½ miles
Blackchester Fort Circular. Circular walk from Lauder mainly on good paths and tracks. Path follows old railway line towards Blackburn before heading uphill towards the early-British hill fort at Blackchester commanding fine views over Lauderdale. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 73, NT530475. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 07939 201649

Wednesday 16 May   C walk   10km/6 miles
Circular from Culross. Riverside walk round Preston Island then by Bluther Burn to Valleyfield Woodland Park and Kirkbrae Wood back to Culross. Ascent 153m (502ft). OS 65/367, NS983858. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506 843558/07709620046

Saturday 19 May   B walk   14km/8½ 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 160m (520ft). OS 52, NN976528. Dep. WP 08:00

Sunday 20 May   Slow A walk   15km/9½ miles
Creag Uchdag (Corbett) from Glen Lednock. Creag Uchdag is a little known summit rising above the boggy plateaux and broken crags between Loch Tay and Glen Lednock. Few paths and some rough ground. Ascent 667m (2190ft). OS 51, NN742272. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 23 May   B walk   16km/10 miles
Scotlandwell to Falkland linear via Munduff Hill, Bishop Hill and Craigmead. Short bus journeys at start and end of the walk. Bus from Glenrothes bus station to Scotlandwell. Frequent service from Falkland to Glenrothes at the end. Ascent 535m (1750ft). OS 58/59/370, NO276009. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 23 May   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
A Blairadam Circular. A circular walk round Blairadam Country Park. Ascent 190m (620ft). OS 58, NT128944. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 26 May   A walk   18km/11½ miles
Creag Mhor (Munro). Starting from Kenknock, level walking in Glen Lochay before the ascent of Creag Mhor. Ascent 827m (2700ft). OS 50/51, NN465364. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 27 May  B walk   13.5km/8½ miles
Lauder Blackchester Fort. Starting in Lauder we walk up to Trabrown Farm and Kennels to Whitlaw Pilmuir and Blackchester Fort, returning via Lauder Light Railway track back to Lauder. This walk is mainly on farm tracks with gradual ascent. Ascent 188m (620ft). OS 73, NT530476. Dep. WP 09:30. (This walk reschedule from 22 April)

Wednesday 30 May   B walk   12.5km/7¾ miles
Norman’s Law and Glenduckie Hill. A circular walk encompassing the sites of 2 hill forts, Norman’s Law and Glenduckie Hill, with panoramic views at the top. The walk is through a mixture of open farmland and woodland. Livestock may be present in some fields. Ascent 490m (1600ft). OS 370, NO282183. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 7955651145

Wednesday 30 May   C+ walk   12km/7½ miles
Falkland – Arraty Den – Drumdreel Wood circular. A walk through forest by Arraty Crags, returning by tracks and minor roads. Ascent 290m (950ft). OS 58/59/370, NO253073. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

June

Saturday 2 June   B walk   16km/10 miles
Great Cumbrae Coastal Circular. Traditional “Doon the Watter” Firth of Clyde holiday island with walk involving a complete circuit of the island passing rocky & sandy beaches, many named rock features, monuments & Millport Victorian Seaside Resort with a backdrop of Arran, Isle of Bute and West Highland hills to the North. Largs Train Station is 5 minutes walk to ferry plus 10 minute journey over to Cumbrae Slipway on the the island. Ascent minimal. OS 63, NS203593. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 08:15

Sunday 3 June   A walk   19.5km/12 miles
St Fillans, Am Bioran and alongside Loch Earn. From St Fillans at the east end of Loch Earn. After ascending Am Bioran, there is a ridge walk above Loch Earn taking in Beinn Fuath, Leacan Dubha, Meall Nan Saighdearan and Meall Reamhar before descending and returning along the lochside. Some scrambling and peat canyons involved. Ascent 1065m (3500ft). OS 51, NN689246. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: B Beattie (07973 439516)/E Humphrey (07580 125186)

Monday 4 June
Deadline for submission of walks for the Winter 2018-19 Programme.
Please ensure that your offers of walks have been sent to the Convenors by today

Wednesday 6 June   B+ walk   17.5km/11 miles
Glen Estate and Blackhouse from Traquair. Go SW from Traquair over quiet country roads, hill and forest tracks and paths. Head S to Blackhouse Tower. Then NE over Blake Muir to complete the circle. Ascent 550m (1800ft). OS 73, NT320334. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: A. Barclay / A. Hood

Wednesday 6 June   B walk   11km/7 miles
The Binn, Fife. The Binn is a prominent hill on Fife coast with spectacular views of the Firth of Forth & the bridges. The route passes through varied agricultural & forestry land & returns via Burntisland & across a sandy bay. Ascent 180m (590ft). OS 395, NT265865. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 6 June   C+ walk   12km/7½ miles
Pool of Muckhart to Rumbling Bridge Circular. Starting at Coronation Hall in School Road in the village. Intend going via Crook of Devon. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 369, NN999006. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 9 June   C walk   8km/5 miles
Culross. Walk from the car park up to the Abbey taking in all the old houses and cobbled streets then along a path to the West Kirk and a very old graveyard then on passing near the plague graves before returning by the path by the railway. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 10 June   Slow A walk   21km/13 miles
Auchnafree Hill from the Sma’ Glen. Auchnafree Hill is a Corbett (789m/2588ft). Quite a long walk but much of it is on tracks. Some rough ground. Ascent 640m (2100ft). OS 52/379, NN887314. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Tuesday 12 June   B walk   7.5km/4¾ miles
Dumyat Hill Path. Hill track rocky and boggy in places to great view point. Bring packed tea if required. Ascent 290m (950ft). OS 57, NS810975. Dep. WP 16:00

Wednesday 13 June   Slow A walk   21km/13 miles
Beinn Iutharn Mhor (Munro) from Glen Shee. Starting from the Dalmunzie Hotel car park (small parking fee per car applies) the route takes a northerly approach to the southern flanks of Beinn Iutharn Bheag and Mam nan Carn and behind lies Beinn Iutharn Mhor. A reasonable track from Glen Shee and into Gleann Taitneach and then onto a rough path to Loch nan Eun. The tops of Beinn Iutharn Bheag and Mam nan Carn can be included or omitted. The return will be by the same outbound route. Ascent 900m (2950ft). OS 43/387, NO091713. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Neil Wallis 01506 418568

Wednesday 13 June   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Doune Circular. A circular walk starting at the Antique Centre, taking in Doune Ponds, River Teith, Buchany, and Doune hill climb circuit. Ascent 50m (160ft). OS 57, NN716029. Dep. WP 10:00

Wednesday 13 June   D walk   5km/3 miles
Devilla Forest. The Red Squirrel Walk in Devilla Forest. A very pleasant forest walk, starting at the car park. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30

Wednesday 13 June   D walk   6.5km/4 miles
 ”Perambulation of the Marches”  – a short walk around the old perimeter of the town. Open to all. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS995770. Meet at the pavement in front of St Ninian’s Craigmailen Church for a 19:00 departure.

Saturday 16 June   A walk   18km/11 miles
Mount Keen. Most easterly Munro. Ascent 680m (2200ft). OS 44, NO447804. Dep. WP 07:45

Sunday 17 June   B+ walk   21km/13 miles
Dun Rig Horseshoe. From Peebles, taking in Hundleshope Heights, Dun Rig, Birkscairn Hill and part of the Cross Borders Drove Road. Ascent 880m (2885ft). OS 73, NT259392. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: B Beattie (07973 439516)/E Humphrey (07580 125186)

Wednesday 20 June   B+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Ben Vrackie. Impressive Corbett visible from the A9 near Pitlochry. Starting from the Ben Vrackie car park at Moulin. Out and back route with steep ascent and descent, taking in Loch a’ Choire on return route. Panoramic viewpoint. Mixture of forestry, moorland and well made hill path. One small section that can be boggy. Ascent 720m (2360ft). OS 43/52, NN944597. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490 134 / Alison Barclay

Wednesday 20 June   C+ walk   12km/7½ miles
Limekilns and Charlestown Circular. This is a circular walk starting at Limekilns which heads towards Charlestown along the seafront before heading inland to the Broomhall Estate and returning via the remains of Rosyth Old Church. Ascent 160m (525ft). OS 367, NT073827. Dep. WP 09:45. Contact: 7955651145

Saturday 23 June   Slow A walk   10.5km/6½ miles
Beinn a’Chuallaich Corbett Circuit above Loch Rannoch. An isolated 892 metre (2,927 feet) Perthshire Corbett above Kinloch Rannoch gives a superb view from the large cairn/trig on the right day. Small Parking area at 300 metres contour on B847 Dunalastair–Trinafour Road. Ascent 678m (2220ft). OS 42, NN707614. Dep. WP 08:30

Sunday 24 June   B walk   14.5km/9 miles
Braes of Carse circular. Circular on the Braes of Carse from Rait Antique Centre off Perth/Dundee Road. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 53, NO227267. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Wednesday 27 June   B walk   21km/13 miles
“Perambulation of the Marches” – the longer walking route via Blackness. Option to return by bus from Blackness at lunch time, for those wanting a shorter walk of about 11km/7miles. Ascent 175m (570ft). OS 65, NT002771. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 27 June   C+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Knock of Crieff circular. Starting at Glenturret Distillery car park. Ascent 200m (650ft). OS 368, NN856234. Dep. WP 09:30

Saturday 30 June   B walk   12km/7½ miles
St. Fillans to Comrie via Loch Baltachan. The walk starts with a sustained steepish ascent of 410m on a forestry track, thereafter moorland for 2½ km via Loch Baltachan to a descending forestry track to Comrie. A car shuttle will be required. Ascent 460m (1510ft). OS 51, NN689246. Dep. WP 09:00

July

Sunday 1 July   B+ walk   17.5km/11 miles
Mor Bheinn and Ben Halton. Near Comrie. Starting with the 2 hills then returning along Glen Artney. Ascent 785m (2580ft). OS 57, NN762200. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: B Beattie (07973 439516)/E Humphrey (07580 125186)

Tuesday 3 July   C+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
The Grange. From West Port to Linlithgow Loch, The Grange, and Golf course. Tracks, muddy fields, minor road walking. Great views. Bring packed tea if required. Ascent 150m (500ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 17:30. Contact: 7742447160

Wednesday 4 July   B walk   19km/12 miles
Following the John Muir Way from Croy to Camelon. Train to Croy then follow the John Muir Way over Croy Hill and along the towpath to Bonnybridge. Leave the canal to go via Roughcastle and the Falkirk Wheel then return to the canal to reach Camelon. Train back to Linlithgow from Camelon. Ascent 120m (400ft). OS 65/349, NS730755. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:20 for the 09:35 train

Wednesday 4 July   C walk   7km/4½ miles
Culross Circuit. From Culross to Newmills via coastal path, then inland through the Valleyfield estate to Culross Abbey and down to Culross. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS985858. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 7 July   Slow A walk   15.5km/9½ miles
Kirkton Glen including 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 1060m (3470ft). OS 51, NN535208. Dep. WP 0830 hours

Sunday 8 July   B walk   16km/10 miles
Loch Ard Forest circular from Milton. Mainly on forest tracks with some footpaths. Ascent 325m (1070ft). OS 57/365, NN498010. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 11 July   Slow A walk   11km/7 miles
Ben Challum. Walk will commence from the lay-by near Kirkton Farm on the A82. A Munro walk through a plantation, over a number of stiles and to the summit via the South top. A faint path but could be boggy in places. Return is via the same route. Ascent 910m (2990ft). OS 50, NN356280. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Diane Mackie 01506 670397 / 07769263872

Wednesday 11 July   B walk   9.5km/6 miles
West Lomond Hill. Starting from Craigmead car park and picnic area. Circular walk including Harperleas Reservoir. Very steep ascent and grassy descent of West Lomond. Excellent viewpoint, including East Lomond and Loch Leven. Mixture of good tracks, farmland, some potential for short wet sections. Ascent 275m (900ft). OS 58, NO227061. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Sarah Perkins 07768 490 134

Wednesday 11 July   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Alva Glen circular. Not a long walk but with some short steep ascents, and some sections of the path require care. Ascent 430m (1410ft). OS 58/366, NS878971. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 11 July   D walk   6.5km/4 miles
Blackness to Abercorn. Walk from Blackness past the castle, along the shore and through the woods to Abercorn and return by the top path. Some ascent. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 14 July   A walk   18km/11 miles
Ben Lui, from Dalrigh. Big scenic Munro with ridges. Possible to add on Beinn a’ Cleibh if weather good (plus 4km and 160m). Ascent 950m (3100ft). OS 50, NN344291. Dep. WP 07:45

Saturday 14 July   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Pentland Hills low level. From Red Moss car park to Loganlea Reservoir by Green Cleuch. Some ascent. OS 65/66. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 15 July   B walk   16km/10 miles
Wether Hill and Glendevon reservoirs circuit. A less frequently walked part of the Ochils. Some rough ground. Ascent 425m (1390ft). OS 58/366, NN948051. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 18 July   B walk   13km/8 miles
Deanston. Walk mainly on paths and tracks through beautiful varied woodland on Lanrick Estate west of Doune. Great views of the River Teith. Ascent 90m (300ft). OS 57, NN716014. Dep. WP 09:15. Contact: 7742447160

Wednesday 18 July   C walk   11km/7 miles
Kirkintilloch to Bishopsbriggs. Last part of Thomas Muir Trail mostly on canal towpath then short varied walk through Bishopsbriggs to Memorial and Cafe at Hunters Hill where we propose to have a combined lunch/coffee stop before taking bus back to cars. Ascent 143m (470ft). OS 64/342, NS660734. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: I & E Barclay 01506843558/07709620046

Saturday 21 July   A+ walk   23km/14½ miles
Black Mount Traverse. The traverse of the entire Black Mount range from Inveroran to Kingshouse over Stob Ghabhar, Clach Leathad, Creise and Meall a’ Bhuiridh is one of the classic hillwalking expeditions in Scotland. The walk will take in four munros and will start at the Glencoe Ski Centre and finish at Victoria Bridge. Cars will need to be left at both ends of the walk. The distance, ascent and nature of the terrain means that this route is suitable only for A walkers who are able to sustain a 10 hour day. Ascent 1830m (6000ft). OS 50, NN266525. Dep. WP 06:30. Contact: 07932216744 (Karen) 07710766119 (John)

Saturday 21 July   C walk   9.5km/6 miles
Aberfoyle – Butlers Walk to Gartmore – linear. A pleasant walk along the old railway line to the quaint village of Gartmore. Ascent minimal. OS 57. Dep. WP 08:30

Sunday 22 July   B walk   20km/12 miles
Kitchen Moss. This is a circular walk which crosses the moorlands connecting two Pentlands paths which starts at Nine Mile Burn. The walk passes Spittal Farm, North Esk Cottage and the reservoir skirting round Cock Rig heading up towards Bore Stane and Kitchen Moss. The return journey takes us down Red Road aptly named for the Old Red Sandstone in the area, past Broad Law to the finish. Ascent 423m (1390ft). OS 344, NT177577. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 25 July   B walk   14km/8½ miles
North Calder Water Heritage Trail. A walk through the former industrial area of North Lanark. The outing will start with a short train journey from Armadale to Drumgelloch. The walk starting from Drumgelloch rail station will initially be alongside the North Calder Water then subsequently along the path of the Monkland canal to Coatbridge. Time permitting we will visit the Summerlee Industrial museum where refreshments are available. We shall catch the train from Coatbridge Sunnyside station for return to Armadale. Ascent 140m (460ft). OS 66, NS777653. Dep. WP 08:45

Wednesday 25 July   C+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Drumpelier Country Park Circular. A lovely walk round Drumpelier Country Park and out to Bishop’s Loch and return. Ascent 60m (197ft). OS 64, NS704664. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 28 July   Slow A walk   9.5km/6 miles
Meall Ghaordaidh. Ascent to the top of this Munro will be from Glen Lochay. Weather permitting this walk can be extended to include the Corbett Beinn nan Oighreag. Total Ascent 1300m. Total distance 15km/9 miles. Ascent 895m (2940ft). OS 51, NN526363. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: Sue Lloyd 07787367912

Sunday 29 July   B+ walk   24km/15 miles
The Meall. Part of The Trossachs National Park better known as Glen Finglas once home to the wild boar hence the name of the village Brig o’ Turk. Leaving the visitors centre heading north towards the reservoir the walk passes through wood pastures once part of the Royal Hunting Forest, on good but undulating tracks we ascend Glen Meann aiming for the trail summit once reached it’s all “down hill” along Glen Finglas back to the visitors centre. This is a challenging but rewarding walk. Ascent 600m (1970ft). OS OL46, NN540665. Dep. WP 08:30

August

Wednesday 1 August   B+ walk   18km/11 miles
Peebles to Innerleithen. A linear walk climbing from Peebles to Dunslair Heights; then over Black Knowe and Lee Pen before descending to Innerleithen. There is a regular, frequent bus service back to Peebles. Ascent 770m (2500ft). OS 73, NT254405. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Richard Proudfoot 07776007089 01313431761

Wednesday 1 August   C walk   10km/6 miles
Fife Coastal Path. St. David’s Harbour to Braefoot Point and return by the same route. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NT148825. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 4 August   B walk   18km/11 miles
Whitelees Moor and Greenock Cut. Starting from Overton, Whitelees Moor, Loch Thom and Cornalees Bridge centre returning to Overton via Greenock Cut. Ascent 250m (820ft). OS 63, NS268746. Dep. WP 08:30

Sunday 5 August   A walk   13km/8 miles
Beinn Sgulaird. Beinn Sgulaird is a solitary Munro, rising steeply above upper Loch Creran. The upper slopes are rocky but the summit is best known as a fantastic viewpoint. On a clear day the 360 degree panorama of mountains, lochs, sea and islands is one of the finest in Scotland. Mostly good going lower down on the ridge. The traverse between the three summits is very rocky and rugged, with some boulders and the odd bit of very straightforward scrambling. Ascent 1240m (4070ft). OS 50, NN008451. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: 7710766119

Tuesday 7 August   C+ walk   13km/8 miles
Around Airth. Walk on paths and tracks through the flat land by the River Forth. Great views of the Ochils. Interesting history. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS895859. Dep. WP 16:30. Contact: 7742447160

Wednesday 8 August   B walk   12.25km/7½ miles
Cademuir Hill, anticlockwise, from Peebles. When taken in this direction, the walk becomes an ‘asymmetrical B walk’ or Bb walk, suitable for those who wish to avoid steep descents. Start by flat path along River Tweed to Manor Water, then steep ascent to the island-like Cademuir ridge, which descends gradually, by-passing the top of Cademuir Hill itself, back down to Peebles. Ascent 309m (1014ft). OS 73, NT252401. Dep. WP 09:15

Wednesday 8 August   C+ walk   9.5km/6 miles
Bridge of Allan to Dunblane circular via Darn Road. Bridge of Allan to Dunblane circular via Glen and Darn Roads starting at railway station car park. Ascent 180m (600ft). OS 57, NS785978. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 8 August   D walk   5km/3 miles
Beecraigs. Walk from the visitor centre round the loch, through the woods and back. A pleasant circular forest walk. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 11 August   A walk   12km/7½ miles
Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin from Ardvorlich. The ‘classic’ route to do these two Munros, including the adjoining ridge walk. Ascent 1140m (3720ft). OS 51/57, NN632229. Dep. WP 09:00

Saturday 11 August   C walk   8km/5 miles
Union Canal from Almondell. From Almondell walk down the road to the canal then along the canal to the Almond Aqueduct and return to the country park by the feeder. Some steps to descend. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 12 August   B walk   14km/8¾ miles
Ross Circular Walk. A circular walk from the village of Ross (near Comrie) via Glen Artney. The route contours round to a woodland section and up to the ruined Blairmore Farm and back past Aberuchill Castle. Ascent 494m (1620ft). OS 57, NN767220. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 15 August   B walk   13km/8 miles
Melrose to St Boswells. Bus from St Boswells to Melrose and then walk back via the Borders Abbey Way to Clintmains Bridge and then a short section of St Cuthbert’s Way back into St Boswells. Ascent 90m (300ft). OS 73/74, NT594309. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: doug crockford/moira stewart 01313313707/01313314793

Wednesday 15 August   B walk   13km/8 miles
Loch Venachar linear walk. Starting at Kilmahog, heading towards Brig o Turk and return. Ascent 195m (641ft). OS 57, NN608079. Dep. WP 09:45

Wednesday 15 August   C walk   8km/5 miles
Muiravonside and Maddiston. A circular walk starting from Muiravonside Country Park, north along the canal and then overland via public rights of way and occasional quiet road. There will be two steep sets of steps on the walk. Ascent 40m (130ft). OS 65, NS963755. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 18 August   A walk   14.5km/9 miles
Dreish and Mayar. This is a straightforward round of two Munros from Glen Doll at the head of Glen Clova. We will be making the ascent via the Kilbo path to reach Dreish. An easy walk across the plateau will take us to Mayar before descending through the picturesque Corrie Fee national nature reserve. Ascent 835m (2740ft). OS 53, NO284760. Dep. WP 07:30. Contact: 07919 210819

Saturday 18 August   C+ walk   10.5km/6½ miles
Achray Forest, Aberfoyle linear. A pleasant walk starting at the visitor centre up to the picturesque viewpoint near Lochan Reoidhte. Ascent 150m (490ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 08:30

Sunday 19 August   B+ walk   14.5km/9 miles
Peebles circular via, Jedderfield, White Meldon, Lynesmill Bridge and Neidpath Tunnel. Mainly good paths, minor roads and some grassy slopes. The tunnel is 600 yards long with a good path, but does have a slight bend so torches are essential. The climb to White Meldon and going through the tunnel are optional as there are alternative routes. Ascent 365m (1200ft). OS 73. Dep. WP 08:30

Wednesday 22 August   B walk   17.5km/11 miles
Fife Coastal Path. Section of the Fife Coastal Path from Leven to Elie returning to Leven by bus. Starting from free car park on the front close to Leven bus station. Great coastal scenery. Combination of beach (dependent on tides), disused railway and footpaths. Stunning views from clifftop path at Kincraig Hill, passing ruined WW2 gun batteries. Ascent 210m (690ft). OS 59, NO382004. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 07768 490 134

Wednesday 22 August   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Mortonhall. Circular from Mortonhall caravan park up to Blackford Hill and the Royal Observatory. One set of steep steps to negotiate. Ascent 250m (830ft). OS 66/350, NT262684. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 25 August   B+ walk   20km/12 miles
Peebles to West Linton. Bus to Peebles and walk back. Lovely walk, the joy of which is that almost all of it is off-road, using very good and extremely efficiently signposted paths and tracks that form part of the Hawick to Harperrig Cross Borders Drove Road. The route has terrific views back to Peebles it passes through the Meldon Hills, the Cloich Forest moorland and farming land – a huge variety of scenery. Ascent 550m (1800ft). OS 337, NT149520. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 26 August   B walk   13km/8 miles
Kippen Circular. Starting from Kippen Village the route contours round the back of it and we get great views of Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich and Ben Venue. The paths take us along the foot of of Gargunnock Hills and past Boquhan House. Ascent 300m (980ft). OS 57, NS651947. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 29 August   B walk   17.5km/11 miles
Camelon to Torwood. Bus from Torwood to Camelon. Walk on paths and tracks through lovely woodland along canal and river, via Kelpies to Torwood. Castles, brochs and tourist attractions. Bring bus passes. Ascent minimal. OS 65, NS838850. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: 7742447160

Wednesday 29 August   C walk   10km/6 miles
Linear Linlithgow to Bo’ness. From West Port via Mill Lade, Fishers Brae, Kinneil Woods, Bo’ness Foreshore and Dock. Ascent 132m (433ft). OS 65/349, NS995770. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: I. & E. Barclay 01506 843558/07709620046

Friday 31 August – Monday 3 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 booking

September

Saturday 1 September   B walk   10.5km/7 miles
Around the base of Dumyat, Blairlogie. Starting from Blairlogie through the village behind Witches Craig caravan site – Yellowcraig – the lower slopes of Dumyat – Sheriffmuir road – Lossburn – Menstrie Glen – Blairlogie. Ascent 363m (1190ft). OS 57. Dep. WP 09:00

Sunday 2 September   B walk   16km/10 miles
Aberlady Bay Circular. Coastal walk from Aberlady Bay round Gullane Links, Black Rocks etc returning via Dirleton and the John Muir Way. Ascent minimal. OS 66, NT471805. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496666

Wednesday 5 September   B walk   19.5km/12 miles
Clintmains Bridge to Kelso. Bus from Kelso to Clintmains Bridge then walk back along the Borders Abbey Way. Ascent minimal. OS 74. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: doug crockford/ken bain 01313313707/01313311334

Wednesday 5 September   C walk   9km/5½ miles
Blairhall, Inzievar Woods circular near Oakley, Fife. Ascent 50m (160ft). OS 65, NN002892. Dep. WP 10:00. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

Saturday 8 September   A walk   26km/16 miles
Beinn a’ Chlachair, Geal Carn & Creag Pitridh. Three Munros from Loch Laggan. The first part of the route into Lochan na h-Earba will be made on bikes along a land rover track (approximately 6km). The walk continues on stalkers paths with some rough ground. Booking ahead essential as we will have to arrange bike transport. Please contact Diane on 07769 263872 or email dianemackie74@yahoo.co.uk by 30 August. You should also be aware that the cycling part of this event is undertaken at your own risk. Ascent 1275m (4180ft). OS 42, NN432830. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: Diane Mackie or Eric Wilson

Saturday 8 September   C walk   8km/5 miles
Water of Leith from Balerno. A pleasant walk by the Water of Leith from Balerno to Currie and return taking in Poet’s Glen perhaps? Some ascent. OS 65/66. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 9 September   B+ walk   18.5km/11½ miles
Windlestraw Law circuit from Innerleithen. Windlestraw Law (659m/2162ft) is the highest summit of the Moorfoots. Woodland paths, steep in places, heather moorland tracks and paths with some boggy sections. Ascent 760m (2500ft). OS 73/337, NT332368. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 12 September   A+ walk   18.5km/11½ miles
Ben Chonzie & Auchnafree Hill. Start point from south end of Loch Turret reservoir. We follow the path up the east side of the loch before branching off to reach Auchnafree Hill. From here we head over to Biorach a’ Mheanainn which is steep in places before reaching Ben Chonzie.From there we take a more direct easier route back to the reservoir and home. Ascent 1050m (3445ft). OS 51/52, NN821265. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 07839 201649

Wednesday 12 September   B walk   16km/10 miles
Nine Mile Burn Circular. In the Pentlands, begin at Nine Mile Burn. N. to Font Stane, W to Bore Stane, returning via N. Esk Reservoir and Patie’s Hill. Undulating grassy ground. Ascent 305m (1000ft). OS 65, NT178578. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: A. Barclay / A. Hood

Wednesday 12 September   C+ walk   12km/7½ miles
Walks around Bridge of Allan. Combination of a woodland circuit around Mine Wood and a linear walk along the Allan Water to/from Dunblane. Travel by rail to/from Linlithgow and Bridge of Allan railway stations. Ascent 246m (810ft). OS 57, NS785977. Meet at Linlithgow Railway Station 09:45

Wednesday 12 September   D walk   5.5 – 6.5km/3.5 – 4 miles
Blackness to Carriden & back. A pleasant walk by the shore from Blackness to Carriden and back. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 15 September   A walk   12.5km/8 miles
Sgor na h-Ulaidh. The forgotten mountain of Glen Coe, Sgor na hUlaidh is hidden from view and sees far fewer ascents than other peaks in the glen. The ascent will be from Glencoe side and involves some steep rough ascent. Ascent 1080m (3540ft). OS 41, NN120563. Dep. WP 07:00. Contact: 7710766119

Sunday 16 September   B walk   15.5km/9½ miles
Ring of St Mary’s Loch. Starting below the James Hogg Memorial. At the top of the loch, we will make a small detour up to Dryhope Tower. Returning down the east side of the loch we will be on the Southern Upland Way. Ascent 270m (890ft). OS 73/337, NT238204. Dep. WP 09:00. Contact: B Beattie (07973 439516)/E Humphrey (07580 125186)

Wednesday 19 September   C+ walk   8km/5 miles
Melville Monument from Comrie. Circular walk from carpark at west end of Comrie up Glen Lednock returning via Melville Monument and Deil’s Cauldron. Ascent 260m (850ft). OS 368, NN772220. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 19 September   B walk   13km/8 miles
Blairadam Estate and Forest. This circular walk takes in the open parkland of Blairadam Estate and farmland to the north as well as Blairadam Forest itself. Ascent 350m (1150ft). OS 367, NT129946. Dep. WP 09:45. Contact: 7955651145

Saturday 22 September   A walk   21km/13 miles
Creag Meagaidh circuit. Creag Meagaidh is a magnificent massif, a bare plateau fringed by some of the grandest cliffs in Scotland. This traverse also takes in two further neighbouring Munros, Carn Liath and Stob Poite Coire Ardair and makes for a memorable day. Ascent 1080m (3540ft). OS 34 & 42, NN482872. Dep. WP 06:00. Contact: 7710766119

Sunday 23 September   B walk   11.5km/7 miles
Clunie Walk. Starts from Pitlochry then through a woodland and then opens out into moorland and we descend through the forest back into the town. Ascent 450m (1480ft). OS 52. Dep. WP 08:00

Wednesday 26 September   A walk   22.5km/14 miles
Glen Sherup and King’s Seat circular. A long walk in the east of the Ochils, taking in 3 Donalds and a Top. From the Glen Sherup car park, we head through the forestry to Innerdownie Hill (D) and continue to Whitewisp Hill (DT), Tarmangie Hill (D) and King’s Seat Hill (D) before returning past Castle Campbell and along the Codger’s Gate from Dollar to Glendevon. Exact route may be affected by forestry operations. Ascent 1145m (3750ft). OS 58/368, NN972052. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: B Beattie (07973 439516)/S LLoyd (07787 367912)

Wednesday 26 September   B walk   13km/8 miles
Tyninghame Links and wood. A walk through woodland and along one of the finest beaches on the east coast. Ascent 50m (160ft). OS 67, NT627809. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 26 September   C+ walk   12km/7½ miles
Gargunnock to Kippen. From Gargunnock to Kippen by well established paths; return by the same route. Ascent minimal. OS 57, NS704945. Dep. WP 10:00

Saturday 29 September   A walk   11km/7 miles
Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach. To capture the highest mountain in Argyll we will walk via the “lost valley”, sneaking behind the northern ridges of the Three Sisters, fording a stream (hopefully by stepping stones), minor scrambling to get to the top of Bidean nam Bian, then a lovely ridge walk to Stob Coire Sgreamhach with stunning views in all directions, hopefully. This walk has it all, steep climbs and descents, minor scrambling, pretty streams and regenerating woodland. Ascent 1296m (4250ft). OS 384, NN170569. Dep. WP 06:45

Sunday 30 September   B walk   13km/8 miles
Cleekhimmin Bridge (near Carfraemill). Circular via Longcroft, Glenburnie, The Howe and Cadam Law. Ascent 200m (660ft). OS 73, NT529537. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: Malcolm Duncan 01324 625496

October

Wednesday 3 October   B+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Grey Mare’s Tail and Loch Skeen. Up past the Grey Mare’s Tail and a circuit of Loch Skeen. Ascent 620m (2030ft). OS 79, NT187145. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: doug crockford/ken bain 01313313707/01313311334

Wednesday 3 October   C walk   8km/5 miles
Parkley Craigs. Local circular from West Port to Parkley Craigs returning via Park Farm Bistro and Canal towpath. Ascent 200m (650ft). OS 65/349, NS995770. Dep. WP 10:00

Friday 5 – Monday 8 October
Autumn Weekend Away – Waverley Castle Hotel, Melrose
Contact the Away Weekends Convenor for details and booking

Saturday 6 October   A walk   21km/13 miles
Gulvain via Gleann Fionlighe. Hidden from the roads Gulvian is the highest of the munros in the area and offers some stunning views if the weather is right. The approach will be made on bikes along a good landrover track before the main ascent on well trodden paths. Booking ahead for this trip will be essential as we will have to arrange bike transport. Please contact the walk leader by 1st October. You should also be aware that the cycling part of this event is undertaken at your own risk. Ascent 1228m (4030ft). OS 41, NM960794. Dep. WP 06:00. Contact: Derek Lawson 01506840446/07905706495

Wednesday 10 October   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

Wednesday 10 October   C+ walk   12km/7½ miles
Bishop Hill circular from Holl Reservoir. Circular walk up Bishop Hill, Fife, from Holl Reservoir car park via Harperleas Reservoir. Ascent 273m (900ft). OS 370, NO224035. Dep. WP 09:30

Wednesday 10 October   D walk   5km/3 miles
Almondell Country Park. A pleasant walk by the River Almond. Ascent minimal. OS 65. Dep. WP 10:30

Saturday 13 October   C+ walk   7 – 8km/4.5 – 5 miles
Beecraigs and Cockleroy. Walk from the visitor centre car park round the loch, through the woods & up Cockleroy. Ascent 120m (400ft). OS 65. Dep. WP 09:30

Sunday 14 October   Slow A walk   15km/9½ miles
Benvane (Corbett) from Brig o’ Turk. Ascending via Gleann Casaig. Ascent 670m (2200ft). OS 51/365, NN530073. Dep. WP 08:30. Contact: Sandy Janas 01506 670893

Wednesday 17 October   Slow A walk   12km/7½ miles
Ben Lomond. Ben Lomond, 974 metres, is a distinctive mountain in the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, it is the most southerly of the Munros. Descent will be via the Ptarmigan Ridge. Ascent 990m (3250ft). OS 56, NS359986. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 7710766119

Wednesday 17 October   C walk   11.5km/7 miles
Kinghorn Kirkcaldy Circular. Starting at Kinghorn, this walk follows the coastal path to Kirkcaldy before heading inland and back to Kinghorn across farmland and passing Kinghorn Loch. Good paths and tracks. Ascent 210m (690ft). OS 367, NT269866. Dep. WP 09:30. Contact: 7955651145

Saturday 20 October   B walk   10km/6 miles
The Wiss Hill Circular. A 589 metre (1932ft) Marilyn set above St Marys 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

Sunday 21 October   B+ walk   11.5km/7 miles
Stuc Odhar Loop. A walk in the Glen Finglas area which is part of the Trossachs Forestry. Starting from Lendrick car park we head up Cnoc nan Sidheag. A steep climb takes us Lendrick Hill towards the summit the Stuc Odhar. The path continues past the reservoir and part of Glen Finglas Estate. Leaving the path we follow the waymarked post to the top of Stuc Odhar. A difficult and challenging walk consisting of paths, woodland and fabulous views. Ascent 638m (2098ft). OS 57, NS573576. Dep. WP 09:00

Wednesday 24 October   Slow A walk   14km/8½ miles
Ben Venue. Approach will be from Loch Achray. Ben Venue may be small in stature but it is a mountain of real character, the finest in the Trossachs when seen across Loch Venachar, Loch Achray or Loch Katrine. The ascent is a great walk with both boggy and rocky ground higher up, and stunning views from the summit. Ascent 725m (2380ft). OS 57, NN505068. Dep. WP 08:00. Contact: 7710766119

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

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

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

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

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

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