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Programme of June Walks

Date 2007 Grade Title and Description









Beinn an Lochain (Hill of the little Loch) (photo)

Ascending by the north east ridge which is steep and narrow in places, returning by the same route to the north of Loch Restil.

Terrain: Steep, narrow, rocky, mountain track, very exposed in places.

Distance: 8 km, duration 5 hrs, total ascent 826m to max height 901m.

Start point: Deep lay-by NE of and past Loch Restil on A83.

OS Map 56 / Explorer 364, grid ref: NN 234088.          







Cat Craig Loop

Forest road walk above Loch Long..

Terrain: Forest roads.

Distance 8 km, duration 3 hrs, total ascent 200m to max. 188m

Start point: Ardgartan car park.

OS Map 56 / Explorer 364, grid ref: NN 269037.







Strachurmore to Coylett

Mainly forest track with some rough track and metalled road. Walk follows north to south above Loch Eck. .

Terrain: Mainly forest track, some muddy.

Distance: 19 km, duration 6 hrs, total ascent not much to max. 200m.

Start point: Strachurmore.

OS Map 56 / Explorer 363, grid ref: NN 105008.

This is a linear walk with return by bus. So BUS FARE needed.




B and C

Killin Circular

A varied walk the first part of which is C grade. This will begin at the Falls of Dochart, walk alongside and eventually over the river Dochart along a disused railway track, along the banks of the river Lochay and then along the western shore of Loch Tay, passing the ruined Finlarig Castle (scene of many past executions!) and then on to Moirlanich Longhouse in Glen Lochay. Thereafter there are alternatives for C walkers to return to Killin - all flat! B walkers will take a steep climb up grassy and wooded hillside to Sron a'Chlachain and a steepish descent on grassy tracks back to the starting point. The walk provides great views of Loch Tay and the surrounding mountains..

Terrain: C grade on mixture of metalled and unmetalled road, grassy paths some of which may be wet or muddy. The extra section for the B grade is on grassy slopes on indistinct animal paths to summit cairn returning on well trodden grassland..

Distance B 11-12km; C 8 km, duration B 4 hrs; C 3 hrs, total ascent B 600m to max. B 521m.

Start point: 1st car park on the right in Killin which has plenty of free space..

OS Map 51 / Explorer 378, grid ref: NN 573326.







Sauchie Crags

Starting at Bannockburn Heritage Centre (Stirling) then on to North Third reservoire and along the path on the edge of the crags back to the Heritage Centre via Lewis Hill..

Terrain: Road, forest tracks, paths, some high points but with safe paths.

Distance 19 km, duration 6 hrs, total ascent modest to max. 266m

Start point: Bannockburn Heritage Centre car park..

OS Map 57 / Explorer 366, grid ref: NS 796904.







Ben Udlaidh (Dark or Gloomy hill)

The Allt Ghamhnaina will be followed south until clear of the forestry. Then the north ridge leads to the summit. Dropping east to the bealach, the route then climbs steeply to Beinn Bhreac-liath. The north ridge then leads back to the start. The whole route is trackless but can command magnificent views.

Terrain: Forest, stream, moor and mountain.

Distance 11 km, duration 5 hrs, total ascent 925m to max. 840m

Start point: Invergaunan in Glen Orchy.

OS Map 50 / Explorer 377, grid ref: NN 279368.







Criffel - overlooking the Solway Firth. This is a MEMBERS ONLY walk

The path follows a farm track to the base the wooded hillside. The path climbs through the woods following a muddy path. There are a number of boulder sections to step over. Care should be taken not to slip on tree roots. Once through the woods the path climbs the open hill-side following a muddy path to the summit, marked by a cairn and a trig point. If the weather is kind to us the views over the Lake District, Isle of Man and the Borders are fantastic. The return path follows the same route.

Terrain: The track is well marked but is eroded in parts. Stout footwear is recommended. The walk has been graded B- because of the rough path. Otherwise a C+ grade would have applied.

Distance 5 km, duration 4 hrs, total ascent 509m to max. 569m

Start point:
Car park by Ardwall farm at NX 971635.
The road to Ardwall lies 2 miles south of New Abbey off the A710. When heading south after New Abbey look for a distinctive blue bus shelter on the right hand side of the road. The turning to Ardwall is about 400yds further along this road also on the right hand side

Start time:
If leaving from Helensburgh the start time will be 9:30am from the seafront car park. If meeting at Ardwall aim to arrive by 12:30pm for a 12:45pm start to the walk. This gives an on-top time of about 3:00pm

OS Map 84, grid ref: NX 971635.

0930 HRS DEPARTURE FROM HELENSBURGH PIER for more than a two hour drive






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