Loch Leven Heritage Trail

Sunday 24th May

Grade: B/C. Distance: 13/8 miles; 6/4 hours.Description: A splendid walk round this famous historic loch on good wide paths to Vane Farm.  The C walkers finish here and arrangements will be made to return to Kinross.  The B walkers continue on the newest section to complete circular walk.  Ascent negligible. Leader: Robert Delamere

What a great day to walk  8/13 miles round this beautiful loch path.  Although many SRC members were lucky enough to holiday elsewhere,  Robert’s  invite to his friends in Edinburgh Ski Club,…. gave us a friendly party of good company.

Robert welcomes the group

Welcome from Robert

Looking west to Benarty Hill

Looking west to Benarty Hill.

Near Vane Farm

Nr Vane Farm

Lunch stop.

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SRC and Ski Club.    Margaret and John left at 9 miles to catch bus.

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From the Hide…… Across the loch to Loch Leven Castle Island.

View from hide

 

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Comrie Circular

Sunday 17thth May

Grade: B. Distance: 11 miles Description: An enjoyable walk exploring the hillside to the north of Comrie with the route making good use of Landrover & hilltracks throughout. We firstly head up to Braefordie before crossing over to Balmuick where we gain a return route which takes us back to Comrie via Twenty Shilling Wood. Ascent 350m. Leader: Alan Philp

A brilliant day out  in the hills around Comrie … great variations of walking…. and weather!

Thanks to Margaret Birks for photographic contributions

All lined up and ready to go

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We make our way through the woods

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At the old bridge

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Climbing Creag Each….

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…… and reaching the Trig Point

Summit

A well-earned afternoon break at the river

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Ending with a visit to the spectacular Deil’s Cauldron

Deils Cauldron

Bluebells on Inchcailloch Island, Balmaha

Friday 15th May

.Description: A ten minute boat crossing takes us to our own desert island on Loch Lomond, described as ‘natures supermarket’ for wildlife.  On good paths we visit old church ruin and graveyard, west bay, bluebells and viewpoint looking towards Ben Lomond. We return after 2/3 hours. Leader: Denis Taylor

Something about this island makes you want to go back.  No rain appeared until pub refreshments,…..made it a splendid day.

Inchcailloch (Scottish Gaelic: Innis na Cailleach) is an island on Loch Lomond in Scotland. It is 85 m at its highest point.

The name Inchcailloch means “Isle of the old woman”

Thank you to Heather, Christine & Denis for the lovely photos

Pirates of Inchcailloch…….. we set sail from Balmaha

Pirates of Inchcailoch.

Ben Lomond…. from the summit

Ben Lomond

A carpet of bluebells

Bluebells

We visited the ancient graveyard at the ruined church

Graveyard

A couple of lunchtime visitors at the little bay of Port Bawn in the south of the island

Lunch at the Bay

Time to go… .. our boat awaits

Departure time

 

Balmaha jetty

Balmaha

A visit to Tom Weir makes a perfect finish to our day

Tom Weir

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MELROSE WEEKEND

Friday 8th to Monday 11th May

A weekend in the heart of the Scottish Borders in the picturesque town of Melrose nestled below the Eildon Hills. We will visit St Ronan’s Well at Innerleithen on our journey down to Melrose. During the weekend a range of walks will be provided for all grades of walkers, some from the hotel.  On our last day the opportunity to visit Abbotsford House, the home of Sir Walter Scott, will be offered to weekenders.

A very enjoyable first weekend away for SRC…. . . made successful by the enthusiasm and good company of the participants!

Thank you to everyone.

Saturday walkers by the Tweed.

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Eildon climb.

Eildon climb

Eildon Trig Point

Eildon Trig Point.

Now for the other one.

Now for the other one.

Descending to the village of Newstead

Descending to the village of Newstead.

Borders splendour.Borders splendour

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Great to see Agnes.. on the road to recovery……. enjoying the fun

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Party time

Party time.

A lovely walk along the Tweed to Cauldshiels Loch on Sunday

Sunday

Lunch at the loch

Sunday lunch