Kingsbarns to St Andrews (COACH)

Sunday 27th September

Grade: C+. Distance: 8miles.  Fine sea views through the East Neuk …..along the coastal path to this fine town of learning.Cost £5 (subsidised by SRC Social Fund). Leader: Christine Evans

A perfect day, great walk and different sea views round every corner.  One tricky section overcome by SRC’s experienced leaders got us back on track.  Thanks to Christine for this beautiful walk.

Leaving Kingsbarns.

Leaving Kingsbarns

Yesteryears But ‘n’ Ben.

Yesteryears But 'n' Ben.

A little history from leader Christine.

A little history from leader Christine

Buddo Rock.  Like a large tooth requiring a dentist.

Buddo Rock.  Like a large tooth requiring a dentist.
You couldn’t better this lunchtime stop.
You couldn't better this lunchtime stop.

Tide in,….we take the narrow high path safely.

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Made it!… Did you count how many steps we climbed?

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Dunfermline Historic Day Tour

Thursday 24th September

A day out viewing and visiting the sights of Dunfermline. Including Carnegie Hall – Alhambra – Abbey – Palace – Pittencrieff Park – Abbot House – Carnegie Museum.-Malcolm’s Tower & St Margaret’s Cave. Lunch at the 7 Kings  – Dunfermline’s Crowning Glory.Leader: Robert Delamere

What a fine day we had visiting the historic sites of this famous Fife town.    Robert led with his usual enthusiasm …..and his commentary as a local of these parts….. gave us a greater insight to the many changes this town has had over the years.
A fifties style proprietress and theme cafe for coffee break……and a very good bar/diner for lunch,….ensured our appetites were looked after.

Dunfermline Abbey and Palace ruins…….splendid surroundings.

Splendid surroundings
SRC. Team Dunfermline.  Great effort by Agnes and Harry…… all the way from Erskine/Paisley..

SRC. Team Dunfermline. Great effort by Agnes and Harry...... all the way from Erskine &Paisley..

On our way down the cobbled street from Abbot House

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Fed and watered.

Fed and watered.Top or Bottom of the lunch table.

Get off that wall,….here’s the Parkie !  … Malcolm’s Tower

Get off that wall,....here's the Parkie !

Robert.. our leader and organiser /Big pencil prize for identifying John Cairney’s voice!

Robert. Leader and organiser.           and the winner is.......

Kirkcaldy Woodland

Sunday 20th September

Grade: C. Distance: 7 miles;  A circuit of Kirkcaldy’s network of urban woodlands. Good tracks, with short sections of pavement.. Leader: James Higgins.

I wouldn’t have believed you could do an 8 mile walk in the centre of Kirkcaldy and hardly see a house.  Well,….that’s what we got from this beautiful woodland walk today,….well led by James.

I beg your pardon,….”James did promise a rose garden.”

I beg your pardon

Pause for Kirstine’s photo

Pause for Kirstine's photo.
Nice lunch stop and the sound of a buzzard.

Nice lunch stop and the sound of a buzzard
Carved thistle marker.

Carved thistle marker
This was magic.
This was magic.

WEEKEND IN OBAN including visit to IONA

11th-14th September

Staying at the Great Western Hotel, Oban. We will sail to Mull early on Saturday morning and travel by bus and ferry to Iona. On Sunday we will walk on the beautiful island of Kerrera. Contact: Elaine Stevenson.

A windy damp day on our arrival on Iona after a 7.30am start by ferry from Oban.  A great effort by Ronnie …..who left Bonnybridge at 4am to greet us at the ferry terminal.
The enthusiasm from club members was not hindered with a few light showers ..as we walked to St Columba’s Landing.    Followed by visits to Abbey and local sites.

On our way from Iona slip-way with Martyrs Bay in the background.

On our way from Martrs Bay
SRC.  Team Iona on the west coast.
SRC.  Team Iona on the west coast.
St Columba’s Landing.  .. Denis climbs the huge rock outcrop…

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.. to take our photo on the beach below

St Columba's Landing.

Lunch beside the rocks… sheltered from the wind

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On Sunday, we took the little ferry to Kerrera for a fantastic 8 mile walk.

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Approach to Gylen Castle.  Mull in the distance.

Approach to Gylen Castle.  Mull in the distanceGylen Castle looking south west.

Gylen Castle looking south west

Bar-nam-hoc Bay.  The shortest distance from Mull to Kerrara.

Bar-nam-hoc Bay.  The shortest distance from Mull to Kerrara.

Looking North.  John identified all the peaks to Ballachulish.

Looking North.  John identified all the peaks to Ballachulish.

Oban Bay.. Sunday 7.30pm .. a beautiful evening to end our weekend!

Oban Bay Sunday ...7.30pm

New Zealand Visitor

Debbie had seen our website and contacted SRC by email all the way from New Zealand.  She was holidaying in the Forth Valley and asked if we could guide her on a walk in the Ochil Hills on her arrival.  Martin and Heather did the needful from Dollar ……and gave her an eight mile circular over some pleasant tracks and hills.

DSC04442Debbie and Martin at Dollar.                Thanks to Heather for photo.

SRC 1st ANNIVERSARY WALK: North Third Reservoir and Lewis Hill from Bannockburn Heritage Centre

Sunday 6th September

Grade: C+. Distance: 8miles; Celebrating our first anniversary walk in this area of another famous victory,  we will visit the Bruce Monument, Lewis Hill and North Third on the surrounding paths of this historical site and area. Leader: Denis Taylor.

A beautiful day,  big turnout and the ‘Bannockburn Bake Off’.  Thanks to Gillian for her superb lemon sponge and to Harry for his delicious dumpling,…..we were lucky to get out the car park!

Team Bannockburn….. starting out at the monument

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SRC have crossed many bridges successfully,… to get to this one over the Bannock Burn.

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Morning stop at the Bannock Burn.

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Under the Crags just before lunch.

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Climbing Lewis Hill

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Heather blooms above reservoir on Lewis Hill.

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B Team, 10+ miles walk.

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Views of Ben Ledi, Stuc a’ Chroin and Ben Vorlich as we descend.

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C+ Team (8 mile walk) make it home first

C+ team

1st ANNIVERSARY MEAL–TAPAS Night at The FORGE in Menstrie

Friday 4th September

No better place to celebrate our 1st Birthday than at the foot of the Ochils.  A great atmosphere and music from Rob and Carol …..and a big thanks to those who attended for making it a successful night.

Our star raffle prize,…..”Windows in the West” was won by Graham Wilson who attended.

Thanks also to Jacci and Harvey Maps, The Forge, Menstrie and Elaine for organising the event.

A selection of photos below of our guests and entertainers.                               Thanks to photographers …. Heather, John Baillie and Denis.

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