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 reservoirs
Maiden’s Cleugh, stone style.
Time for a chat
Thistles in flood.
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.
A grizzly, ghostly tale
Cowane’s Hospital. (Guildhall)
We enter the grrrrrrrraveyard.
Some saw an eerie resemblance !👺
We retired to a local hostelry – to lift our spirits!! ….. where the banter and fun continued.
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 tunnel
What used to be the grand driveway to Fordell Castle.
Fordell Castle main gate.
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.
Very rare Strawberry Tree at Dalgety Bay.
First glimpse of “the Bridge”.
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.
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.
To the right is a local graveyard for dogs. (now closed)
Trio of smiles
This beautiful spot was where we had our two minutes silence of remembrance. 🌺
Over those distant hills is Carron Reservoir.
Trying to identify large bird on tree.
Harry greets new member
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 Callander
Remains of the old railway
One of the many fine views looking North – East.
Water under troubled bridge.
A wander round the old graveyard at Kilmadock before returning to Doune along the River Teith
Babs shares her sweets,…..making us sweet-toothed on the Teith.