Strathblane Circular via West Highland Way

Sunday 26th October

Grade: C+. Distance: 8 miles; 4.5 hours. Map Ref:64/NS563795 Description: We pick up the West Highland Way and walk to Glengoyne distillery returning along the Loch Katrine pipeline route to Strathblane.  An easy open walk with views of the Campsies. Leader: Agnes Doleman

The magnificent 7 bravely left Strathblane for the ‘Gowk Stane’ and looking for some luck to turn off the rain.  No joy for any of us and onward we walked along the West Highland Way to Dumgoyne Distillery and returned by the Loch Katrine pipeline route.  You do get a soaking on a day like this, however, there is an inner satisfaction experienced to have been part of Mother Nature when walk ends.

Cover amongst the cattle.Cover amongst the cattle.

The Blane Water tells it all.The Blane Watter.

Lunch on the logs.Lunch

The expression from the barmaid when we told her we’d been walking in today’s weather !The expression from the barmaid when we told her we'd been walking in today's weather !


Pitlochry – Killiecrankie Circular (Coach)

Sunday 19th October

Grade: B/C. Distance: 10/6 miles; 6/4 hours. Description: A chance to enjoy Perthshire’s most spectacular autumn colours walking on good paths from Pitlochry and Loch Faskally to Killiecrankie, returning via the bottom of Craiggower. Good terrain will suit C+ walkers who don’t mind the distance. Ascent 250m (B). C walkers will walk to Killiecrankie where they will be picked up and bussed back to have some free time in Pitlochry

Leader: Alan Philp.

Although some rain at the start of the walk,  25 walkers were led and entertained by Alan on this beautiful walk to Killicrankie,….returning by forest and golf course paths to Pitlochry for refreshments.
A warm welcome was given to a good walking friend from way back,….. Margaret Birks.
Thanks to Alan, our walk leader and Colleen of Devon Coaches for making this coach walk happen and to Denis for the photos.

The happy gang of walkers

The happy walkers

Through Faskally Wood


Faskally Wood

Beautiful autumn colours along the River GarryViews of the River Garry

A bonus visit to the Enchanted Forest – eeriie music & fountains in Faskally Wood.The Enchanted Forest at Loch FaskallyThe Soldier’s Leap

The Soldiers Leap

On our way to the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre for lunchBridge group

B walkers return

….  almost back at pub to meet the othersB walkers almost back at pub


Visit to 50+ Show

Friday 10th October

Join us on our visit. Free tickets available. Meet/time: SECC, Glasgow (just inside venue hall) at 11am. There is a free bus running regularly from outside Queen St station.

A happy gang at the 50+ Show – notice all the freebies!

(Robert, Ilona & Kemal were also with us but we didn’t manage to catch them on camera) 50+ group D

‘Ma chinas!’ – could Francie & Josie be the latest members of Stirling Rambling Club?Ma chinas -D with Francie & Josie

Francie modelling our latest Back Markers outfit.Francie modelling our latest Back Markers outfit.

Where’s the bus?Where's the bus

Meall Leathan Dhail

Sunday 5th October

Grade: B. Distance: 8 miles; 4.5 hours. Meet/time: 9.30am. at VUE Cinema CP or start of walk at 10am at Bracklinn Falls CP, Callander, Map Ref: 57/NN637083. Description: Walking from Callander, a gentle ramble on a good tracks through woodland and open moorland. Excellent views from the summit. Ascent 405m Leader: Annette Scott

Thanks to Heather for contributing photos

We went to have a look at the Red Well

Group at Red Well

The flow of ‘red’ waterREd well heather

Misty tops as we walkMisty tops.

Break over the Keltie Water

Break over the Keltie Water.

View from the summit of Meall Leahan Dhail looking towards Loch VenacharFrom the top of Meal Leath Dhail looking towards Loch Venachar.

At the summitSummit D

Annette leads us back to baseAnnette leads us back to base.

– downhill all the way!Downhill home E

…. and over the Bracklinn Falls Bridge.Over Bracklinn bridge Heather