Pentland Circular

Sunday 23rd November

Grade: C+. Distance: 8 miles; A pleasant Pentland circular on good tracks and minor road passing reservoirs, with views upwards to all the familiar peaks in this attractive area. .Leader: Denis Taylor.

We were fortunate to have a beautiful bright, fresh day for our walk, bringing out the lovely shades and colours on the hills and over the water.

Castlelaw and Glencorse reservoirsCastlelaw and Glencorse reservoir.

About halfway.

About halfway

Maiden’s Cleugh,  stone style.

Maiden's Cleugh,  stone style.

Time for a chat

3 in Pentlands

Thistles in flood.

Thistles in flood.

Harlaw friend

Harlaw friend.

Stirling Ghost Walk

Friday 21st November

On a wet drookit night we were led from the old Jail Gates to the darkness of the Graveyard area known to locals as ‘the Tap o’ the Toon’.  We heard many ghostly stories from hangings in the Tolbooth to ‘pink and green lady’s’, rose scents and body snatchers.
Very well led by David Kinnaird,…..with laughs all the way due to our enthusiasm to enjoy the evening in such dreich conditions.  Well done all.

We gather ‘nervously’ at the Old Town Jail.

Old town jail.
A grizzly, ghostly tale

Ghost Walk 2
Cowane’s Hospital.  (Guildhall)

Cowanes Hospital
We enter the grrrrrrrraveyard.

We enter the grrrrrrrraveyard
Some saw an eerie resemblance !👺

Some noticed an eerie resemblance

We retired to a local hostelry – to lift our spirits!! ….. where the banter and fun continued.

Half of us retired to local hostelry to lift our spirits where the banter and fun continued.

Chilling out

Chilling out

Dalgety Bay Circular via Fordell Castle- Fife Coastal Path

Sunday 16th November

Grade: C+. Distance: 8 miles; 4 hours.  Description: Circular walk on footpaths via castle and Pinnelhill Wood to St Bridget’s Kirk, continuing on coastal path to St David’s Harbour and returning through Letham Wood. Leader: Robert Delamere.

On a chilly misty morning we toured Fordell Estate and Robert gave us a brief history of its industrial past as we walked the old narrow gauge railway embankment to a tunnel and into the woods. Over Letham Hill Wood, we then picked up the Fife Coastal Path where we viewed WW2 defence locations and a beautiful Strawberry Tree at Dalgety Bay.

Looking through the old railway tunnelLooking through the old railway tunnel

What used to be the grand driveway to Fordell Castle.What used to be the grand driveway to Fordell Castle.
Fordell Castle main gate.Fordell Castle main gate.
While Robert informs, the sun appears over at South Queensferry.While Robert informs, the sun appears over at South Queensferry.
From the old semaphore station. In distance Inchcolm island,….. and lighthouse island on right is called Oscars.In distance Inchcolm island,..... and lighthouse island on right is called Oscars.
Very rare Strawberry Tree at Dalgety Bay.Very rare Strawberry Tree at Dalgety Bay.

First glimpse of “the Bridge”.First glimpse of the Bridge.

‘Cuckoo My Love’ – Historical Bench

Only a few weeks ago Stirling Rambling Club contacted West Lothian Council regarding the condition of a historical bench on the now known John Muir Way,….near Linlithgow.
 We are delighted that their response was superb and our photos tell the story.

BEFORE

before

AFTER

after

Remembrance Sunday Walk: Kilsyth Circular via Banton

Sunday 9th November

On this special day we were well supported on our Kilsyth circular walk in autumn sunshine.  Agnes led us through Colzium Estate to grand views from hillside paths looking south,  returning past a tranquil Banton Loch to complete a fine day.

Path from Kilsyth to Colzium Estate.

Path from Kilsyth to Colseum Estate

To the right is a local graveyard for dogs.  (now closed)To the right is a local graveyard for dogs.  (now closed)

Trio of smiles

Trio of smiles.

This beautiful spot was where we had our two minutes silence of remembrance.  🌺This beautiful spot was where we had our two minutes silence of remembrance.  🌺

Hillside lunch.

Hillside lunch

Banton Loch

.Banton Loch

Over those distant hills is Carron Reservoir.Over those distant hills is Carron Reservoir

Trying to identify large bird on tree.Trying to identify large bird on tree.

Harry greets new memberHarry greets new member

Callander to Doune

Sunday 2nd November

Grade: C+. Distance: 9 miles; 5 hours. Description: From Callander we take the old railway, loop down to Buchany via woods, moorland and minor roads and then follow the River Teith back to cars in Doune. Leader: James Higgins

Stirling Rambling Club are delighted to have had their biggest turnout of walkers to date.  On a fine dry day,……27 walkers led by James Higgins had many beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, bustling burns, woodlands and river

James leads out of CallanderJames leads out of Callander

Remains of the old railwayRemains of old railway line

One of the many fine views looking North – East.one of the many fine views looking north east

Water under troubled bridge.Water under troubled bridge

A wander round the old graveyard at Kilmadock before returning to Doune along the River TeithOld graveyard at Kilmadock 1

Babs shares her sweets,…..making us sweet-toothed on the Teith.Babs shares her sweets making us sweettoothed on the Teith