Jan 8, 2008

A walk to blow away the cobwebs and get the body back into shape after the festivities of Christmas and New Year.
Great to be out on the hills. This walk took us by bus from East Kilbride to Arrochar where we had our morning stop for tea & coffee.
We then drove up the Rest and Be Thankful where we started out walk, and walked down into Lochgoilhead and into the local hotel where the group had booked to have a meal.

When we started the walk it was cold,but dry, shortly after this the rain started and became very heavy, it continued like this for the rest of the walk.

But hey, never mind the weather, a good time was had by one and all.

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MIDWEEK WALKING GROUP February Break, Day 1 Ardcastle Forest Walk
Feb 12, 2008

Our journey from East Kilbride to the Ardcastle Forest at Loch Fyne in Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland
Our walk today took us through the forest onto the shore of the loch where we had beautiful views across the loch.
The weather was fantastic, uninterupted sunshine and beautiful blue skies.

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MIDWEEK WALKING FEBRUARY BREAK Day 2 the Ardfern Circular Walk
Feb 13, 2008

Another lovely day, we travelled from Inverary to Lochgilphead then through Kilmartin Glen to the lovely little village of Ardfern on the banks of Loch Craiginsh. After our usual tea & scones we headed off on our walk up over the hill to the lovely Croabh Haven a marina on the shores of The Firth of Lorne.
The views coming down into the marina were stunning, we were able to see out over the firth to some of Scotlands smaller islands namely Scarba, Lunga Luing and Seil Island, with views of Mull in the distance.
A lovely place to walk and stop for lunch.

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Feb 14, 2008

A real cracker of a walk, so many stunning views over the smaller islands in Loch Crinan and down the Sounds of Jura.
Our walk started at the Crinan Harbour Basin then we climbed up to the top of a hill and looked down an the safe haven of Crinan Bay.
We then headed off along the footpath, having to stop very many times to take in the stunning views of the sound of Jura.
We passed the little village of Carsaig and then headed towards our destination of Tayvallich on the banks of Loch Sween where once again we were met with stunning views of the area. A beautiful day and a beautiful area to walk in

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Pitlochry to Strathtay
Apr 29, 2008

Seting off from East Kilbride travelling by coach to Birnham and the Beatrix Potter Centre where we had our morning coffee stop. We then headed to Pitlochry where we started our 7 mile walk at The Pitlochry Festival Theatre car park.
We started our walk in lovely spring weather, lovely colours and sunshine, we walked up over the hill to the Clunie, over the moors. We stopped for our lunch with views looking down to Tummel Bridge, as we finished lunch the clouds became very heavy and dark , we could see the rain falling in the distance. Shortly after lunch as we headed across the moor the rain started and became quite heavy with thunder and lightening, we continued on our way but the rain remained with us until we reached the end of our walk at Strathtay.
Our social stop was spent where our walk ended at a lovely little place called The Inn on the Tay.
Still a lovely walk and great to be out walking in spite of the wet weather.

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Midweek Special Walk,Coldingham, St.Abb's Head to Eyemouth
Jun 10, 2008

I have done this walk four or five times but each time the start of the walk has been slightly different.A cracker of a walk to-day,we stopped at the Creels Restaurant in Coldingham for our morning ,loads of scones we had to finish off, we were also served after eight mints.
Our walk started from the car park of the Creels Restaurant and headed down the Creel Path past the Old Smiddy then headed towards Mire Loch and onto the costal path to St Abb's Head and the lighthouse. The walk was very varied with lots of up and downhill stretches with varied scenery. The weather was dry sunny and warm with a light breeze blowing which made the conditions comfortable for walking. We continued along the costal path towards St Abb's a lovely little old fishing village where we had lunch sitting down by the harbour. After lunch we again took the costal path heading for Eyemouth another fishing village on the East Coast of Scotland, on this stretch some of the cliffs were quite high and the views quite dramatic.
Our day finished when we headed towards Dunbar and the Whitekirk Golf Club for a meal, we could see Tantallion Castle and the Bass Rock from the windows of the golf club.
Great walk.

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Glen Shira
Aug 26, 2008

An 8 mile walk climbing 1,716ft up the side of Glen Shira near Inverary.
We boarded our bus as usual at East Kilbride and travelled to Arrochar for our morning coffee break, we then headed off to Glen Shira.
When we start our walk there was light rain, but quickly the rain got heavier and stayed like this for the rest of the walk.
From the begining of our walk we started to climb the side of the glen, looking back we had views of Inverary. The conditions were very muddy, as we climbed we had to walk through four feet high ferns for most of the out going part of the walk, this made conditions difficult. Our route back to the bus was a low level walk, but again very muddy conditions.
Although the walk was diffucult because of the conditions, it was still great to be out walking in the rain.
Our day ended with a very welcome social stop, again taken in Arrochar.

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Sep 30, 2008

A monthly walk with the midweek walking club this month took us to the Aberfoyle/ Milton Area of the Loch Lomond National Park. Our morning stop was spent at the Woollen Mill Visitors Centre at Aberfoyle, We then headed to Milton to start our 9 mile walk in the Queen Elizabeth Forrest Park.
What more can I say beautiful walk, conditions wet, but no rain, lovely for walking in, and the colours were beautiful. Lovely day out, and great company.

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Loch of the Lowes
Oct 28, 2008

We set out in biterly could weather to head for our walk in beautiful Perthshire. Our morning stop was at the Beatrix Potter Centre in Birnham near Dunkeld.
Our 9 mile walk took up into the lovely hills of Perthshire where a thin dusting of snow remained from the previous nights snow fall. Our lunch break was spent trying to shelter from the icy winds while eating our food, After lunch we once again headed into the hills and back to our bus.
At the end of our walk our social stop was in the Royal Hotel in Dunkeld.

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Christmas Walk, Knock of Crieff
Dec 9, 2008

This year our Christmas walk took us to the Knock of Crieff in the beautiful Perthshire Hills.
Our day started with our bus journey from East Kilbride to The Stuart Crystal Outlet Store at Crieff in Perthshire where we had our morning coffee break before heading for the hills.
A great walk in beautiful sunshine in the hills of Perthshire what more could we ask for. The weather was lovely, wall to wall sunshine in fairly mild conditions. Underfoot was very icy in places, so we had to tread carefully The long views were beautiful with blue skies and the hills covered in snow. Our walk today ended with Christmas Dinner at the Famous Grouse Experience,at the Glen Turret Distillery, one of Scotlands oldest distilleries, the meal was lovely , the staff very efficient, happy and kind, a very good Grouse Experience indeed.

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