Muthill to Crieff

Sunday 25th January

Grade: C. Distance: 7 miles; 4 hours. Description: An easy walk following paths, tracks and disused railway line to Crieff.

Leader: Annette Scott

On a dry damp day with not so good forecast,  Annette led us down the pleasant back roads and paths to join the Earn footpath.  Many interesting landmarks, views and friendly chats, made this another enjoyable walk.

Meet-up at old church in Muthill

Meet-up at old church.
Heading Crieff direction.

Heading Crieff direction

Not quite the Rialto Bridge, however, happy walkers.

Not quite the Rialto Bridge, however, happy walkers

Leader Annette.
Leader Annette.

Interesting plaque at old rail bridge that crossed the Earn

Interesting plaque at old railway bridge that crossed the Earn.
Light at the end of the old railway tunnel.

Light at the end of old railway tunnel.
 

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ALTERNATIVE BURNS BASH

Friday 23rd January

What a day members Annette and Douglas Scott organised for us at Bridge of Allan golf club,…with us all receiving a garland on arrival.    Singer/songwriter Rob Griffith, ukulele band, poetry readings, mandolin/guitar act, fiddler and a visit from a guy who looked like Chic Murray,…. provided an excellent day’s entertainment……..free.  😊

A Burns meal of soup, haggis, neeps and tatties followed by clootie dumpling and cream,..went down a treat.  😛

Thanks to all who attended another great day out with Stirling Rambling Club.

Ukulele band sing-along.

Yukes
Enjoying the entertainment

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Sing-along members.

Sing-along members.

Maestro Douglas,  Suzanne and Tom enjoy their meal

Maestro Douglas,  Susanne and Tom.
A surprise visitor …. Could this really be the famous Chic Murray?

She opened the door in her nightdress,..I thought,…what a funny place for a door.  😄

Chic

 

 

SRC member Rob Griffith – singer/songwriter

Rob singer songwriter
Double act.

Double act

Our Paisley members with Christine looking well again.

Our Paisley members with Christine looking well again
Mike and Anne.  That haggisismajick. 😛

Mike and Anne.  That haggis ismajick. 😛
 

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Devonside to Alva

Sunday 18th January

Grade: C+. Distance: 8 miles; 4.5 hours. Description: Walk takes in Tillicoultry Coal Mine, Harvieston Estate and Tait Burial Ground, Woodland Park, Silver Mines and finishes via Alva Glen. Ascent 150m   Leader: John Hutcheson

On a chilly, frosty but sunny morning, led by John Hutcheson,  we had a splendid walk augmented by informative history talks of the families and industries that once were located in the Hillfoots.
Alva Glen was stunning on this beautiful walk and day

Heading for the river Devon.

Heading for the river Devon.

The site of Harvistoun Castle.    Beautiful red cedar tree.

The site of Harvistoun Castle.    Beautiful red cedar tree

Heading for the silver mine

Heading for the silver mine.

Onward to Alva Glen with Wallace Monument in the distance

Heading for Alva Glen.

Group

Inquisitive sculpture

Inquisitive sculpture..
Happy lady walkers having a break

Ladies

Spectacular waterfall in Alva Glen

Alva Glen Waerfall

Anyone for a swim?

Men at waterfall

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Historical Walk in Bridge of Allan Area

Sunday 11th January

Grade: C. Distance: 6 miles; 4 hours. Description: Taking in Logie Kirk Churchyard, Airthrey Castle & Standing Stones, Hermitage Wood and Mine Woods & Copper Mine.  Leader: Martin ScottSmith

On a wet, wet, wet day……10….,of us braved the elements to complete an excellent historical walk in the surrounding areas of Bridge of Allan,….. led by Martin – with many interesting stories from the past.

Robert treated us to a series of….”crowd selfies” photos with his new selfie stick,….the’ must have’ accessory now for walkers.
Also photos from Heather.    Thanks to both.
Joan’s mother was the first woman to cross this bridge over the Allan Water.
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Searching for silver at the mine.

path to silver mine
The Airthrey Stone – an ancient Pictish standing stone.  It is believed that it commemorates the site of a battle in 843 AD when, the Scots under King Kenneth MacAlpine defeated the Picts.  View of snowy Dumyat beyond.
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Airthrey Castle on our way to old Logie Kirk.

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At the old Copper Mine – Robert tries out his selfie stick!
Copper mine with Robert's selfie stick 2
Pleasant surprise,…you’re early ! Snowdrops!
snowdrops

Gargunnock to Kippen Circular

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday 4th January

Grade: C. Distance: 8 miles; 4 hours.  Description An easy level walk and good mileage along the old Military Road with splendid views to what is known as the ‘Southern Highlands’.  We skirt around Kippen’s local paths and return by a similar route

Leader: Denis Taylor.

A dry and cold day was enjoyed by…..19…..of us today who enjoyed the chat and the landmarks pointed out by members between and in these historical villages a stone’s throw from Stirling.

Leaving Gargunnock, walking along ‘The Beeches’

Maggie,  the Birks of Braco, Gargunnock.
Then following the Military Road.

Military Road near Kippen.

Pause at Watson House, Gargunnock.

Pause at Watson House, Gargunnock.

Passing the cottages at Glentirramuir, just before Kippen

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What was Smiddy, Coach House and Black Bull Inn Kippen.

Old Smiddy building on right.    Old Black Bull pub straight ahead.

Old graveyard and gable of church.

Old church gable and bell in graveyard Kippen.