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Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Ac­cess Net­work (BRAN)

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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]­ 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.

Spe­cial Treats

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. 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

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