Airth-Dunmore Circular (visiting the Pineapple)

Sunday 28th December

Grade: C. Distance: 8 miles; 4 hours. Meet/time: Airth, Market Cross, High St.  at 10am Map Ref:65/NS899885. Description: An easy stroll along good paths, tracks and quiet road with open outlooks over Airth Mains,  visiting Dunmore and ‘the Pineapple’.    A pleasant walk to see ….’the auld year oot’. Negligible ascent. Leader: Denis Taylor.

On a beautiful cold day, 25 walkers enjoyed the winter sun as we followed paths and road through Airth Mains, Dunmore village to the Pineapple.

Meeting point at Airth Market Cross

Airth Market Cross

Crossing the Pow Burn.

They kept coming

Lunchtime at Dunmore Estate pond.

Lunchtime at Dunmore Estate pond.

River Forth with Saline Hill in the distance.

River Forth with Saline Hill in the distance.

Red Cedar driveway with Ochils backdrop.

Red Cedar driveway with Ochils backdrop.

Sunbathing at Bowling Club, Dunmore.

Sunbathing at Bowling Club, Dunmore.

Two of our recent members at the riverside at Dunmore
Two of our recent members

The Pineapple – Rob said this is where the Del Monte man lives !

Rob said this is where the Delmonte man lives !

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Stirling Circular

Sunday 21st December

Stirling Circular

Grade: C. Distance: 7 miles; 3.5 hours. . Description: From the VUE we’ll follow the river to Cambuskenneth passing Abbey Craig to the old Stirling Bridge. Again we’ll follow river,  viewing interesting new path slabs of local worthies and then cutting through to Castle’s  lower back walk to Kings Park.  We then walk the perimeter path round the golf course with good views North and finally weave our way back to the car park.  Early afternoon finish allows for Christmas shopping or refreshments..

On more than a dreich day, ……3……. of us completed our 8 mile circular walk with thoughts in other places.

Old Stirling harbour site.

Old Stirling harbour site.

Elaine and Martin admire grand architecture relics – the pillars remaining of Forthside House

Elaine and Martin admire grand architecture relics.

I knew I should’ve brought my waterproofs – one of the wood sculptures on the path from the Back Walk.

I knew i should've brought my waterproofs
Well kent landmark.

Well kent landmark.
Dark Ochils.in the distance

Dark Ochils.

Coalsnaughton Burns Club

Thursday 18th December

Six SRC members were welcomed and  entertained by Rob Griffith, two fiddlers and a poet last night in a couthy Burns atmosphere.    Rob seems to get better the younger he gets,….and SRC look forward to hearing him at our joint Burns Bash at BofA Golf Club in January

Rob & Fiddlers (3)

Members of SRC enjoy the evening

Walkers Audience

The fiddlers play

Fiddlers

Burns club gathering

Festive Outing & Lunch

Friday 12th December

A visit to see a performance of the Sharmanka Kinetic Sculptures, a Gallery Tour followed by a Lunch in the Russian Café Gallery, Trongate, Glasgow. It will be an opportunity to see the sculptures in action and meet up for a good day out pre-Christmas. Organiser: Agnes Doleman

On a chilly, sunny day in Glasgow ……28…..of us met for a festive fun day at Sharmanka theatre and the adjoining Russian restaurant, ….. even managing to view St Andrew’s Cathedral along the way.  The show was magical and the lunch was excellent in this restaurant that must be Glasgow’s best kept secret for quality and value.  Big thanks to our new members for creating the festive atmosphere and to Agnes for arranging a great day out.

SRC gather at Queen St Station.

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Beautiful building and memorial garden at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Clyde St. Glasgow. .
Beautiful building and memorial garden at St Andrew's Cathedral, Clyde St. Glasgow.

The show Sharamanka begins

The show Sharamanka begins

Audience enjoy the show.

Audience enjoy the show

Then it was time for lunch and festive fun!

Lunch 1

Lunch 2

lunch 4

Agnes (our Treasurer) collects the membership forms

Meal D

Brian looks warily at the camera as the festivities continue …..

In the pub

Falkirk Circular – Old and New

Sunday 7th December

Grade: C. Distance: 8 miles;  A pleasant walk along Forth&Clyde canal to the Wheel where we pick up the new core paths to open views, wooded areas,  (Prince) ‘Charlie’s Stanes’, Battle of Falkirk Monument, Lionthorn and Bantaskine Estates, returning along Union Canal. Leader: John Baillie

Having a Wheel of a time.

Having a Wheel of a time.
Heading for Lionthorn with Westerglen in background.

Heading for Lionthorn with Westerglen in background.
Smile!
Smile.
Battle of Falkirk Monument.
Battle of Falkirk Monument.
Returning along the Union Canal.

Union Canal

Walking round and over Arthur’s Seat

Sunday 30th November

Grade: C+. Distance: 8 miles; 4.5 hours.Description: Walking from Waverley Station down the Royal Mile, passing the new Parliament building and onwards to Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat for panoramic views of the City of Edinburgh. Returning via the Innocent Railway tunnel.  Leader: Mary Westall.

A brilliant day climbing to Salisbury Crags and then onwards to Arthur’s Seat for spectacular views,  🌞  Well led by Mary,  we finally retired to local Inn for well earned refreshments.  🍻  A great day out.

Mary leads the wayMary leads way.

Almost at the top.

Almost at the top.

Trig Point.

Trig Point on top of Arthurs Seat

Heading for lunch,……with Portobello in the distance.

Heading for lunch,......with Portobello in the distance

Lunch at Dunsapie Loch

Lunch at Dunsapie Loch.

Looking south to Cockkenzie.

Looking south to Cockkenzie

Dunsapie Loch, Holyrood Park – our lunchtime view

Dunsapie Loch Holyrood Park.