Edinburgh Visit

Friday 26th September

Stirling Rambling Club’s visit to Edinburgh. Visiting the Portrait Gallery,  the National Library of Scotland (with exhibitions of the works of John Byrne (tutti frutti) and Sir Walter Scott) and St Giles’ Cathedral.  Also taking in a lunchtime concert by the Tanino Duo and finishing with a visit to Rebus’s Oxford Bar.

Walking up Fishmarket Close


‘May the Force be with you!’  Yoda was keen to pose with us – a new member for SRC ? Yoda

Concert over – admiring the Reid Concert Hall at Edinburgh UniversityConcert over

Oxford Bar – but no Rebus!Oxford Bar but no Rebus

Agnes on the bell as Ian Rankin looks onAgnes on the bell as Ian Rankin looks on.

Getting to like the Oxford Bar…….Getting to like the Oxford Bar.1

Roberts Collage summarises a great day outRobert's Collage


Water of Leith: Balerno to Stockbridge

Sunday 21st September

Grade: C. Distance: 8 miles; 4.5 hours. Meet/time: 10am. at HAYMARKET Railway Station. We are catching a No 44 bus from Dalry Rd to start of walk at Balerno. Description: Walking along the Water of Leith we go by hidden gems in the heart of a great city, finishing at the Sunday market in Stockbridge where you can sample some of the best pies from the Wee Perthshire Pie Company.

Leader: Michael Maciocia.

All ready to start the walk at BalernoReady to start at Balerno

On our way alongside the Water of Leith -‘A silver thread in a ribbon of green’Leaving Balerno

At the Hobbit’s houseAt the Hobbit's house

Sunshine on the water near Dean VillageBefore Dean Village

Stockbridge Market.    Right……where’re these Perthshire pies?Stockbridge Market.    right,..where're those Perthshire pies

Pie testing team!Pie testing team.

Belford BridgeBelford Bridge.

After Stockbridge Michael led six enthusiasts on to Leith, completing the whole 12 miles of the Water of Leith walk. A welcome refreshment was required!Outside pub

Kelpies Circular

Friday 19th September

Grade: C. Distance: 7 miles; 3.5 hours. Meet/time: Camelon Police Station bus stop at 10.45am (opposite Court House).  Plenty FREE parking behind Court House. Description: SRC will be leading a recci for Paisley Ramblers Group. We walk from Camelon, Falkirk to the Kelpies via Larbert new bridge over River Carron.   An interesting walk seeing the many canal and core paths that have linked the District. All welcome.  Leader: Denis Taylor. Tel 07720885676 denis45@tiscali.co.uk 

Seagull trust barge goes through lock at Helix.

Seagull trust barge goes through lock at Helix.

Kelpie lunch.Kelpie lunch.

A strange discovery in the woodsIt's what you want it to be.

Discussion – What is it??Discussion - What is it

Gates from Mitchell’s foundry now at Carron Works and guarded by Mike.

Gates from Michelle's foundry now at Carron Works and guarded by Mike.

A deer slips away (top left)A deer slips away top left.

Uphall to Linlithgow

Sunday 14th September

Grade: C+. Distance: 8 miles.

A relaxing walk on good paths and back roads through the West Lothian countryside passing Binny Craig and through Beecraigs Park back to Linlithgow. Leader: Denis Taylor.

Thanks to Babs for photos!

Perched on the summit of Binny CraigBinny trig

Binny Craig – going up

coming down

Time for a teabreaklunch seat

Our photographer makes his escapeDenis escapes

Round the pond at the foot of Binny Craigpond

Returning along the lochsideLoch1

Inaugural Walk : Bannockburn to North Third

Sunday 7th September

All ready to set off. A beautiful day… and a great turnout for our first walk!Group at start

Our walkers mingle at the Bannockburn Heritage CentreBruce +

Towards Chartershall


Stirling Rambling Club take a break on the old bridge at Chartershall


A well-earned lunch break

teabreak D

We make a few new friends – Babs takes control of the situationBabs group & horse

The B-walkers at North ThirdB walkers at N Third

Glasgow: Commonwealth Village & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome Visit

Friday 5th September

 10 of us (apologies from Christine and Kemal) had an excellent day out yesterday to see the new East End of Glasgow after the Commonwealth Games.  The bonus of the day was Agnes getting us a tour of the Chris Hoy Velodrome on a non tour day,…what a building!  After walks past Bridgeton’s oldest cemetery, People’s Palace, Terracotta Fountain and the Barras we finally had a late lunch in Coia’s restaurant, Duke St (1928) for the best steak pie in Town.  Huge thanks to Agnes and Frank from SRC.

Sir Chris Hoy VelodromeVelodrome

Scottish squad in trainingScottish squad

A famous Scot


Track area: part of guided tour

group at velodromeBeautiful fountain.  It’s Glasgow,……. but could be mistaken for Paris or Rome

– James Martin memorial fountain near Glasgow Green.Fountain1

Terracotta Fountain in front of Peoples’ Palacefountain

Fountain 4

Templeton’s beautiful old carpet factory.Templetons 1