Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network (BRAN)
The River Ericht path was the main focus of attention this week. Grass was cut on three evenings during the week with Ally Donald. Ian Cruickshank and Phil Seymour all working to keep the path in good condition. The West Gormack path along to the bothy was also cut with the ride-on mower. Help with BRAN’s work is always welcome, please get in touch with the secretary Ian Richards if you are interested in getting involved. Ian can be contacted on email [email protected]hoo.com or telephone 01250 871122 or 07787 317022.
Blairgowrie and District Hillwalking Club
21 members ventured to the Tyndrum area on their latest walk on June 25. The group split into four separate groups to tackle various routes. One group took many circular paths around the town and went in search of gold at the mine at Coronish. Another took a fine circular walk starting at Dalrigh climbing up the Graham, Fiarach, which is 652 metres high, and returning via the wood and track though Gleann Auchreoch, and then via the West Highland Way to Tyndrum. A third group started in Glen Lochy, wading the river and then climbed up through the forest and up over the Munro, Ben Lui, 1130 metres high, and back via the tracks that follow the River Cononish eastwards to finish at Tyndrum. The final group also took to the slopes of Ben Lui but made a circular walk finishing back at the starting point in the car park in Glen Lochy. Many adventures were experienced due to rivers and burns nearly in spate making crossings interesting, and poorer weather than desired making underfoot conditions challenging, not to mention the high winds and poor visibility that the group on the highest peak endured, and the midges at lower levels for the others. All members came back to The Green Welly Shop in Tyndrum for refreshments and a chance to share stories of the various walks which had been enjoyed by all. The next walk is on Sunday, July 18 to Glen Feshie. Details can be found online at Hillwalking in Scotland with Blairgowrie and District Hillwalking Club. Visitors always welcome.
A group from the Special Treats enjoyed a day out with a cruise on Loch Tay recently. Organiser Shonaidh Beattie said: “It was a great experience for us and a treat to be taken in such comfort and luxury on the 90-minute cruise with experienced skipper, Alex. “Assistant Hamish pointed out the loch’s nature and wildlife while we sat back and absorbed the history and folklore that dates back to the Iron Age. “Hamish told tales of the ancient settlers who lived on Loch Tay almost 2,500 years ago, and we heard of the Victorian pleasure steamers that once cruised the waters with crowds of day trippers enjoying the stunning views flanked by the impressive bulk of the Ben Lawers mountain range, much of which is now designated as a national nature reserve. “We were delighted to be taken on board the first commercial vessel that has sailed the Perthshire loch since the Queen of the Lake ceased operations at the outbreak of the Second World War. “Our thanks to Alex and Hamish for the great experience and informative talk. It’s well worth a visit!”
Western Front Association, Tayside Branch
The next meeting takes place on Saturday, July 1 at 2.30pm. Speaker Mike Coyle will compare the Battle of the Somme in 1916 with the Battle of Arras in 1917. More Scottish battalions were involved in the battle of Arras than any other battle of the Great War. While much has been written on the Somme comparatively little has been written about Arras where the average daily casualty rate exceeded that of the Somme. Mike’s interest in the battle was sparked by the death of his Great Uncle there in May 1917. Mike Coyle is an experienced researcher and writer on military history and has visited the Arras battlefield many times. The meeting will be held in the Glasite Hall, King Street, Dundee DD1 2JB (adjacent to St Andrew’s Church) and is open to all with an interest in the First World War not just to WFA members. Further details can be obtained from the branch web pages at www.wfatayside. co.uk which also has details of the future programme.
Boat trip Members of the Special Treats enjoyed a cruise on Loch Tay recently
Adventures Some of Blairgowrie and District Hillwalking Club on Ben Lui at the weekend