Auchinstarry Circular (near Croy)

Sunday 29th March

Grade: C+. Distance: 8.5 miles; 10.30am Description: Up and along the ridge of the Antonine Wall over Croy, Bar and Castle Hill descending to return along the canal pathway. Visit the historical ruins of the Roman Fort and enjoy views over the Kelvin Valley, Campsie Fells and Kilsyth Hills. Leader: James Higgins.

The weather forecast wasn’t good for Walkers today, however, James got a good turnout for what was a fine walk over Croy Hill and Bar Hill to Twechar,…returning along the picturesque Forth and Clyde canal for refreshments at the canal-side bar at Auchinstarry.

Setting off from Auchinstarry Basin, ….heading for Croy Hill.

Auchinstarry basin heading for Croy Hill

Downhill to Croy with Campsie Hills in the distance.

Downhill to Croy with Campsie Hills in the distance.

Lush grass of the Antonine Wall.

Lush grass of the Antonine Wall.

Roman Shield, Croy

Roman Banner, Croy

Fantastic views at the summit of Bar Hill

C - Summit Barr Hill

A tree each ….. for our lunch at Bar Hill

Bar Hill lunch.

City of Dundee Visit

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Friday 27th March 

A day’s cultural visit to Dundee  Member Mike Andrew, a Dundonian, will lead us to the many interesting sites and buildings of the old Dundee and the new Waterfront that is slowly taking shape on the Tay.  We are travelling by Citylink coach to Dundee with a lunch stop in the City.  Please contact for coach times and details…..  it’s not every day you meet “Desperate Dan”.

You’ve heard the saying…”Jute, Jam and Journalism,”…….well that’s what SRC members were treated to by member Mike yesterday in his home city of Dundee.

We heard and saw the history of this great trading port of the past,….with the relics of mills, printing houses, churches and the wonderful restored ship “the Discovery” where we toured all decks.  It won’t be long till this City is great again,…. as the new waterfront rises against the backdrop of the old.
Thanks to Mike for a wonderful day and to Elaine for photos.
Wishart Arch – remains of the medieval City Wall (1544)
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JUTE:  The old Dens Linen Works.. once the largest in the world
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Plaque commemorating the 9 Trades of Dundee
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JAM:  Site of the old Keiller’s Works
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Words of wisdom from leader, Mike
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 Entrance to offices of Stewart’s Whisky.  Company logo, Glengarry.
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We visit Discovery Point
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….. and have a guided tour of Captain Scott’s refurbished ‘Discovery’
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Below deck on Discovery.  George our excellent guide is a retired Pathologist.
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JOURNALISM: We had to pay a visit to Desperate Dan (before rushing for the bus). He appeared in every issue of the Dandy throughout its 75 years
Published by D. C. Thomson & Co.
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Strathyre Circular

Sunday 22nd March         SRC in “Bonnie Strathyre.”

Grade: C. Distance: 8 miles; Description: The walk follows a minor road to Balquhidder, then another towards Kingshouse, from where it returns to Strathyre by a new section of cycle track. Leader: James Higgins
A chilly start in Strathyre gave way to a beautiful sunny lunch at Balquhidder and warm afternoon return on the new scenic cycle path.  Well led by James,….. and contributions of past local history and landmarks by SRC members,…….made this a very good walk.
Pleasant woodland start.

Pleasant woodland start
Snow covered peaks heading North.

Snow covered peaks heading North

Sun and Loch Voil brightens our day.

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Lunch at Balquhidder Church.

Lunch at Balquhidder Church.
Paying respects and reminiscing at the grave of Eddie Ross,  a musician and friend who entertained many at the Woodside Hotel and at his home,…..during the festive period.

Paying respects at the grave of Eddie Ross,  a musician and friend who entertained many at the Woodside Hotel and at his home

…….the words on the stone tells it all.

The words on the stone tells it all.

Rob Roy’s grave with Ben Vorlich in the distance.

Rob Roy's grave with Ben Vorlich in the distance.

Portencross to Largs – Ayrshire Coastal Path (COACH)

Sunday 15th March

Grade: C. Distance: 7.5 miles; Description: A very pleasant scenic walk with views to Arran, Bute and Cumbrae (Millport) as we look across the Firth of Clyde and beyond. Ascent negligible. Leader: Denis Taylor

On a beautiful, sunny but chilly day,….we had a terrific turnout for our coach,….and if it hadn’t been “Mother’s Day”…..we would’ve needed a bigger one! Thanks to members and Jan Reekie and friend Anne who had a grand day in Largs.  Coffee, icecream and chips at the end took the edge of our appetites. 😛
Portencross Castle.

Portencross Castle.
On our way,…with The Cumbrae’s across the water.

On our way,...with The Cumbrae's across the water.
After lunch at Fairlie.

After lunch at Fairlie

Managed to catch the photographer too!

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Largs Pencil,  built 1912 to commemorate the defeat of the Vikings.

Largs Pencil,  built 1912 to commemorate the defeat of the Vikings.
Entering Largs with threatening sky over where we’ve been.

Entering Largs with threatening sky over where we've been.

 

Meikle Bin Loop

Sunday 8th March

Grade: B. Distance: 7.5 miles; Description: Following forest tracks to climb Meikle Bin hill, returning along the Carron Reservoir Trail. Ascent 516m. Leader: Martin ScottSmith

What a great walk and climb to this wonderful viewpoint on top of Meikle Bin!  Four seasons in one day,…..and Martin’s historical knowledge from  Drove Roads to Aircraft Wreckage,….made this another terrific day out.

Meikle Bin,…the task ahead.

Meikle Bin,...the task ahead.
Stirling Rambling Club…dream team,……well almost.

Stirling Rambling Club...dream team,......well almost.
Plane wreckage near the top as rainbow appears.

Plane wreckage near the top as rainbow appears.
Trig point,….brrrrrr….and strong wind.

Trig point,....brrrrrr....and strong wind.
Martin’s secret route through the woods !

Martin's secret route through the woods !

Meikle Bin as we descend through forest.

Martin leads

 

Powmill, Crook of Devon & Rumbling Bridge

Friday 6th March

Grade: C. Distance: 8 miles; Description: A pleasant walk in open countryside, woods and paths with stretches of the river Devon, returning to Milk Bar for refreshment. Leader: Janette Seale

Our first Friday walk,….led by Janette, and a terrific turnout by members.  Quiet back roads, forest tracks and river paths gave us on a fresh blustery day an excellent countryside walk.
Friday’s SRC set off

Friday's SRC.
The Ochils are never far away.

The Ochils are never far away.
On the Devon,….waiting for me !

On the Devon,....waiting on me !

Tree surgeon required near Rumbling Bridge

Tree surgeon required near Rumbling Bridge.

Beautiful waterfalls at Rumbling Bridge Gorge

Beautiful gorge.

Walking by the side of the River Devon

River Devon
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Devilla Forest Circular

Sunday 1st March

Grade: C. Distance: 7 miles; 4 hours. Starting from the Walled Garden Coffee Shop. Description: Walking on forest tracks through the squirrel trail, along paths through bracken, past Moor Loch and Peppermill Dam and back to the coffee shop.  Minimal ascent. Leader : Babs Butler

With a poor weather forecast, injury and family commitments,…..Babs was still very well supported on this day of sunshine.  We heard many historical facts about the area, forest and Tulliallan Castle. The new paths and clearances made over the years,….makes this a fine place to walk.  Thanks to Babs and Mary for a good day out.

Red squirrel trail and map board.

Red squirrel and path board.

Lovely woodland tracks as we wind our way through Devilla Forest

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Comfy spot for our morning stop.

Comfy morning stop.

Babs shows leadership skills with a few Hokey Cokey movements.

Babs shows leadership skills with a few Hokey Cokey movements.
Peppermill Dam.

Peppermill Dam.
Returning to the Walled Garden, Coffee Shop for refreshments .. a perfect end to another good day.

Returning to the Walled Garden, Coffee Shop for refreshments to end another good day.