Friday 27th February

Our first Ceilidh. Venue/time: Tillicoultry Golf Club to start at 7.30pm. Music by Raymond Carse on accordion. (previously Tartan Lads). Hot buffet. Tickets (£12)

A great night was enjoyed by 50 dancers at Tillicoultry Golf Club last night.  Organised by Elaine,…..with terrific support from committee, friends and members of SRC,…..made this a perfect night of fun and fellowship.  The generosity of raffle prizes was overwhelming. Margaret Kenny, music man Raymond Carse and caterer Gordon Pirrie of Forge restaurant Menstrie,…..are included in the honours for services provided.

John “Travolta” Baillie demonstrates the Tilli Glide.

John Travolta  Baillie demonstrates the Tilli Glide
They never stopped dancing !


Margaret shows daughter Aileen the “Line Dancers Shuffle”.

Margaret shows daughter Aileen the Line Dancers Shuffle

Heather captures the moments of a great night

Heather captures

Line dancers – Jacci shows the way

Line dancers


Visit to Battle Tapestry at New Lanark

Thursday 26th February

  We  will be visiting New Lanark to view the tapestry as seen in link below. SRC member Kirstine Higgins will accompany us on our visit as she has expert knowledge on tapestry and will be able to point out the finer aspects of this work which  will enhance our visit. http://www.prestonpanstapestry.org/tapestry/html/news/show_news.aspx?newsid=3472

Another excellent day out with SRC to view the Prestonpans Tapestry, …… made better by Kirstine with her knowledge of the craftsmanship on display.

Exhibition Hall.

Exhib Hall
Falkirk and The Prince.

Falkirk & the Prince
Kirstine leads the visit.

Kirstine leads the visit
Two views of the river Clyde.  We return to New Lanark shortly for John Baillie’s 8 mile circular walk,….where we’ll see the world famous “Falls of the Clyde”.

R Clyde 1

R Clyde 2

Castle Campbell – King’s Seat Circuit

Sunday 22nd February

Grade: B. Distance: 8 miles; 5 hours. Walking up by Castle Campbell and over Kings Seat, Tarmangie, White Wisp and Saddle Hill for lovely views over the Ochils. Ascent 760m  Leader: Gavin Alexander.

STIRLING RAMBLING CLUB.  No dwarf of a walk ….. and well led by Gavin in Arctic conditions. 🐇

7 of us started on the walk,….but no Snow White.

7 of us started on the walk,....but no Snow White.

Even Dollar Glen was dry and colourful.

Even Dollar Glen was dry and colourful
Robert at carved toadstool with weather closing in.

Robert at carved toadstool with weather closing in.

The climb begins… (Thanks to photographer, Heather)

Happy band as the snow starts to fall
Bank Hill, and Snow White appears in a big way.  Almost a …..whiteout!

Bank Hill, and Snow White appears in a big way.  Almost a .....whiteout.

Bank Hill, and Snow White appears in a big way.  Almost a .....whiteout.2

As they left us for the summit of King’s Seat,…..Robert was heard to say……”I’m just going outside,…..I may be some time !

Blizzard conditions at summit of King's Seat

Gartmorn Dam – Forestmill Circular

Sunday 15th February

Grade C+: 9 mls; 5 hrs. Description: A pleasant walk on good paths, quiet roads and the old dismantled Alloa railway line. Minimal ascent. Leader: Heather Lawlor

Another sunny day walk, led by Heather, gave us countryside, Ochils and Dam views with interesting objects along the way.

Smiles after lunch.

Smiles after lunch.
Heading for Forest Mill.

Heading for Forest Mill.

Woodland path along the Black Devon.

Woodland path along the Black Devon.

Dam and Ochil views.

Dam and Ochil views.

Arriving back to Swan Lake and supporting cast – a perfect ending to our walk

Arriving back to Swan Lake and supporting cast.

Glen Loin and Coiregrograin, Arrochar

Thursday 12th February

Grade: B. Distance: 11.5 miles; . This straightforward circuit runs through the glens and corries to the north of Arrochar. It offers fine views throughout of the peaks of the Arrochar Alps. Excellent path or track throughout. Leader: Denis Taylor

This must be one of the best walks we’ve ever been on.  A morning of sunshine, good company, beautiful views of the Arrochar Alps and the wide knowledge of John Hutchison,…left us with a memorable day.  Not forgetting the dozen homemade “empire biscuits” that melted in your mouth, made by Sandra.

Misty Ben Vorlich.

Misty Ben Vorlich

Crossing Inveruglas Water  below Ben Vane

Crossing Inveruglas Water

Long and winding road.  Ben Venue in the distance.

Long and winding road.  Ben Venue in the distance.
Almost lunch.

Almost lunch


Sandra, Ronnie and Linda after the slow ascent of Coiregrograin, with Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime ahead up the glen.

Sandra, Ronnie and Linda.

Misty Ben Lomond in the distance

Misty Ben Lomond
Loch Long – approaching the end of a brilliant day’s walk

Loch Long.


Cromlet from Braco

Sunday 8th February

Grade: C+. Distance: 10 miles; 5 hours.Starting from Braco Village, to  Braco Castle and then onto open moorland, ascending gently almost all the way from the castle to the trig point, with good views towards Stirling and Dumyat. Return to Braco via tracks made for the Braes of Doune Windfarm and Beauly to Denny power line. Ascent 300m Leader: Margaret Birks.

A bright start at the straw sculpture  – made to celebrate the Ryder Cup in 2014

Bright start.

John at the Knaik fish ladder.

John at fish ladder
Taking it slowly on the climb to Cromlet

Team SRC at Cromlet trig point

Team SRC.
Fantastic views – Ben Vorlich & Stuc a’ Chroin
Relic from the Past – Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of past fortune,...perhaps.

Two Perth Hills

Sunday 1st February

Grade: C. Distance: 6 miles; 3 hours.  The walk does a circuit of Deuchny Hill, then follows a track to Kinnoull Hill; after climbing to the summit, it circles round the base of the hill and back to the start. Ascent 222m.  Leader: James Higgins

Another cold and sunny day, this time in Perth,……gave us a beautiful walk led by James Higgins.

We made our way along woodland paths

Thro woods

with lovely views of the surrounding countryside

photo 2

James, our leader

photo 3

On our way up Kinnoull Hill we visited Kinnoull Tower which is a folly built in 1829

Kinnoul Tower

Then lunch at the summit with fabulous views over the River Tay and across to the Lomonds

Tay & tower

Happy walkers at the view point

Top of kinnoul hill

Mike me Denis