Miscellaneous Walks 2009

Recci Walks or walks Alan & I have done.

Fort William Recci Day 3
Oct 8, 2009

We started our day by visiting the Commando Monument at Spean Bridge, the views of the Monument, hills and surrounding countryside were stunning. We then headed on towards Invergarry where we walked to Faichemard Farm Campsite and the start of our 8 mile walk. We walked over the open moorland and through trees until we came to Loch Lundie where we stopped to have lunch
After lunch we continued on our walk toward Bridge of Oich where our walk ended.
On the way back to Invergarry a few of us stopped in to see Invergarry & Glengarry Castles, we then headed to the Invergarry Hotel where we all had fantastic Scones and Cream, before heading home.

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Fort William Reccie Day 2
Oct 7, 2009

Ardverikie Estate/
Travelled from Fort William to Spean Bridge then along Glen Spean past Loch Laggan to The Ardverikie Estate where we started our 10.5 mile walk.
Greaty walk, up over open moorland, through forests , taking in stunning views all the time.
We also got a quick view of Ardverikie Castle where Monarch of The Glen was filmed.
Absolutely fantastic countryside.
On way back to Fort William we had a quick look at Laggan Dam and long views of Loch Laggan. We then carried on to Roy Bridge where we stopped at the hotel for coffee.
Weather today, started off rainy then brightened up, Great walk

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Fort William Recci Day 1
Oct 6, 2009

Travelled from East Kilbride to The Green Welly Shop at Tyndrum where we had our morning stop.
We then headed to Fort William passing Bridge of Orchy, Loch Tulla, over Rannoch Moor, viewing the Black Mount, and onward toward The Buachille Etive Mor and on through Glen Coe. Beautiful scenery on this drive.
We crossed the Ballachulish Bridge and drove on to Fort William.
Our 7 mile walk started at Highbridge not far from Spean Bridge,from the start of the walk we could see the Commando Monument. We walked over the hills heading back towards Fort William,on the way we had stunning views across Leanachan Forest to Aonach Mor, Carn Mor Dearg & Ben Nevis.This was not a particularly easy walk, the ground was very muddy which made walking diffucult at times.
We carried on walking by the riverside until we reach the road, we then headed to The Ben Nevis Hotel where we were staying for 2 nights.
This walk is not a good one for 50 people, so the club will not be doing it, but I'm glad I did it just for the views alone.

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Blackhills Farm to Blackford
Sep 16, 2009

A Recci for the Midweek Walkers. Beautiful warm sunny day for a lovely walk in the Perthshire countryside.
We started our walk at Blackhills Farm in Glen Eagle and walked into the Gleneagles Estate through the Gleneagles Golf Course to the village of Blackford, our walk today was 10 miles.
We finished our day with a very relaxed social stop at the Blackford Hotel.

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Culmark Hill
Aug 6, 2009

To-day we set out to do a recci for the Midweek Walking Club
Our walk takes us to Ayrshire where we walked part of the Southern Upland Way.
After travelling from East Kilbride to the lovely little village of Carsphairn where we had morning coffee in the general store come tea room.
We then headed to the start of the walk, a junction on the B729 where a path leeds up towards Culmark Moss and open moorland to Culmark Hill
The walk to-day was a very open moorland walk with some fantastic long views, conditions were good with beautiful warm weather throughout the day, unfortunately there was some areas of the walk that were wet and boggy, but in general a good challenging walk.
The walk finished at St John's Town of Dalry. this is where we had our after walk social stop at the Lochinvar Hotel.
Another beautiful day and a good walk.
Thanks everybody.

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Brae of Clunie
Jul 21, 2009

Travelled to Perthshire in dry bright conditions to do a recci for the Midweek Walking Club. Had our morning stop at the Dewer Distillery, nice visitors centre here, plenty of photo opportunities. After our coffee stop we travelled on to Aberfeldy and Weem where we started our walk at the Edradynate Eastate. We walked up the main drive and on past the tree line onto the heather moors and very open countryside, some beautful views. The weather and conditions were good. We had some lovely views as we approached Loch Derculich, a beautiful loch standing in the shadow of Farragon Hill a Corbett standing at 783m. As we neared the loch we could see a lone simmer, Brrrr it must have been cold. We had our lunch stop by the side of the loch, a beautiful peaceful place, not a sound, heaven.
Just as we were about to set off after lunch the rain came on and remained with us for the remainder of our walk, at times the rain was quite heavy.
We headed on towards Loch Glassie, but after reaching the loch we had difficulty locating the path, we walked on for a while before turning back, we finally found the track and continued on our walk.
We finished our walk at Boltachan where we left a car, we then headed to The Weem Hotel where we had a very late meal before starting our journey home, we arrived home about 11.30pm. A good day out and although this route wil not be done by the club, we have salvaged some of it and will take a different route to finish the walk.

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Glen App to Ballantrae
Jul 14, 2009

A lovely day out walking in Ayrshire.
We travelled by car to Ballantrae where we boarded to local bus to Glen App.
After leaving the bus we took a look at the lovely little church at Glen App. We then headed into the Glen to start our walk which took us up onto the Ayr Coastal Path.
We had beautifull views out over Loch Ryan and watched the Irish Ferries heading to Stranraer and also had great views out over the Clyde with great views of Ailsa Craig.
We finished out walk at Ballantrae with a social stop at the local hotel.
Great day out, with warm dry weather.

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Loch Skiach Recci
Jun 2, 2009

Another great day out. Our walk to-day took us into the Perthshire Hills where we did an 8 mile walk on open moorland.
We first had our morning stop at the Beatrix Potter Centre in Birnham, we then travelled to Kinnaird House where we parked the cars then started our walk.
Initially we had a gradual climb for about two miles, thenthe rest of our walk was on the open moorland with great views over the Perthshire countryside. The weather was dry and warm, luckily we had a breeze on us for most of the walk, this made the conditions very good for walking.
Our lunch stop was taken overlooking Loch Skiach, a lovely isolated loch with nothing surrounding it but moorland, the total silence was heaven.
After lunch we carried on over the moorland passing on the way a lovely little fishing loch and hut after a brief stop we then headed over the moorland and back down to Kinnaird House and our cars..
We travelled to Dunkeld where we had our social stop before travelling back home to East Kilbride
Another great day out walking and great company.

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Melrose to Newtown St. Boswell's
Apr 21, 2009

6 of us travelled from East Kilbride to Melrose in the Scottish Border Country to do a recci for the Midweek Walkers. We had our morning stop at the Woolen Mill shop in Melrose. When we came out after coffee it had been raining, the smell of the wet countryside was lovely and fresh.
We started our walk by walking past the beautiful historic Melrose Abbey and the Commendator's House.
We walked out of Melrose gradully climbing up into the Eildon Hills that overlook the town of Melrose.
Our weather was quite overcast and we did eventually get some rain, it then cleared and we had some sunshine and blue skies.
We had our lunch sitting overlooking the lovely border country which surrounded us.
After lunch we then headed towards Newton St. Boswells, again at times walking on parts of the St. Cuthbert's Way path that starts at Melrose and leads to Lindesfarne on the Holy Isle. We finished our walk then headed by bus back to Melrose to our cars. Our walk was approximately 7 miles. We then headed to the Buccleuch Arms Hotel at Newton St. Boswells for our social stop.
After the group split up to travel home, Alan and I drove to the historic site of Scott's View where we took in the lovely views of the countryside and the three Eldion Hills in the distance.
We then travelled to visit Smailholm Tower, Floors Castle and Thrilestane Caste as I collect photos of Castles

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The Magnificent Seven
Apr 5, 2009

A day spent with Gary one of Glasgow's countryside rangers doing the Magnificent Seven Walk. The walk is a circular route on the Southside of Glasgow. We left from Linn Park, through Kings Park, on to Castlemilk Woods and Castlemilk Park and Cathkin Braes.
We stopped at Cathkin Braes to have our lunch stop, here we enjoyed fantastic views over Glasgow, we were able to see Glasgow's new Squinty Bridge over the River Clyde.
We then headed across the Braes to Windlaw Marsh, into Carnbooth Woods and returned through Netherton Braes back to Linn Park

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