Sheep Heid 1st December

Hi all.

***The Sheep Hied lunch is FULL***.

However I am asking the venue if there’s space for a few more. I’ll run a waiting list as you know there’s always a few drop outs.
If things change for you and you can’t make it LET ME KNOW so I can give the place to someone who is waiting

If you just want to join us for the cafe, walk and pub that’s great – come along.


Sunday 3rd Nov – Ben Venue from Ledard Farm

The walk this Sunday is Ben Venue, it may be small in stature but it is a mountain of real character, the finest in the Trossachs when seen across Loch Venachar, Loch Achray or Loch Katrine. The ascent is a great walk with both boggy and rocky ground higher up, and stunning views from the summit. It is not in view from Loch Ard, which results in this approach being quieter than that from Loch Achray. Nonetheless the beautiful broadleaved woodland of the lower Ledard Glen provides a picturesque approach, though the upper glen is boggy. Once on the ridge, the views are magnificent.

Ben Venue from Ledard Farm

There is a good sized layby on the road alongside Loch Ard opposite the track to Ledard Farm grid ref NN460 022 for the techies among us. Let’s meet at 9.30 for a 10.00 start.

2020 Programme.

It’s that time of year again.

The clocks have gone back so it’s time to start thinking of next year – spring, summer and all that beautiful weather.

So put your thinking caps on and let us have some ideas for next year’s walks. They don’t have to be spectacular, mammoth expeditions just something that you think you and others would enjoy as a Sunday out and about.

I looking forward to my mailbox being inundated with ideas.

20th October – Beinn nan Oighreag

This Sunday’s walk is Beinn nan Oighreag behind Killin. Ranking amongst the highest of the Corbetts, Beinn nan Oighreag was briefly thought to top 3000 feet. The approach from Glen Lochay is perhaps the most attractive, following an old path to the shielings of the Allt Dhuin Croisg.


We need to park carefully – taking care not to cause an obstruction – by the start of tarmac track branching from Glen Lochay minor road at NN539352, about 700m from where the two roads up the glen join up.


Lets meet at 10.00 for a 10.30 start. As usual the weather is unpredictable with some forecasts being good and others not so good. So remember this is Scotland.


The usual carsharing thing applies.

6th Oct – Mealna Letter & Loch Beanie

The walk this Sunday is the graham, Mealna Letter and includes Loch Beanie.  A great circuit climbing to the summit of Mealna Letter with good views before descending to Loch Beanie to return along the Cateran Trail in Glen Shee.


The start of the walk is from a layby on the B951 between Cray and Forfar – NO153642.  The B951 is the road to Glenisla off the road to Glenshee.


The start time is 10am for a 10.30am start.  If you are interested in car sharing let me know and we can see if we can organise this.


I hope to see you there.

22nd Sept – Tarmachan Ridge

This Sunday’s walk is the ‘old favourite’ the Tarmachan Ridge.
Meall nan Tarmachan is one of the easier Munros to reach in good weather thanks to a high level start point, but it is really just the start of a rocky ridge traverse which is one of the most interesting in the Southern Highlands. There is a short, avoidable scramble on the descent from Meall Garbh.
The weather forecast is looking promising so the views could be good but as always remember this is Scotland.
Parking is at the Ben Lawers car park (parking charge). Lets meet there at at 9.30 for a 10.00 start.
The usual carshare thing.

Sunday, 8th September – Meall an Fhudair

The walk this Sunday (8th September) is Meall an Fhudair – a corbett between Tarbet on Loch Lomond and Crianlarich. Walkhighlands describes it as having a great feeling of wildness and solitude and some fine views.

I’ll not go into the flights of prose you normally get from Bill. He will not be there so you’ll have to put up with my much poorer note.
The parking is on the road verge north of Glen Falloch Farm on the A82. There seems to be only limited spaces so car sharing would be good. The walk starts on a track just opposite the farm.
If people can be there at 10.00am for 10.30am start. The walk is 15km and should take 5 to 6 hours.

Sunday 25th – Beinn Chabhair

No time for chatty stuff today – just the main points.

Number 1 –  the weather forecast for Sunday looks glorious.  Break out the shades/sunscreen.

Number 2 –  walk is Beinn Chabhair just north of Loch Lomond giving terrific views on a clear day (yippee!) down Loch Lomond, Loch Long and maybe a glimpse of Loch Fyne as well as looking directly onto Ben Lui, Ben Lomond, Ben More and the rest of the Trossachs 

Number 3 –  start point is Inverarnan

Number 4 –  let’s meet at 10 o’clock for a 10.30 start.

Number 5 –  a wee reminder attached for the brave few who made it out a fortnight ago to Loch Lee when we found what was probably the only dry(ish) part of Scotland reachable by car that day.

From memory, there’s not a whole lot of parking so carsharing even more sensible than usual.

Hope to see you on Sunday.

Sunday 28th – Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh

As a ‘nod’ to the West Coast members this week’s walk is a lovely Corbett above the beautiful River Orchy.

Passing alongside an ancient Caledonian pinewood you gain the open slopes of this rather forgotten Corbett. The summit offers superb views of the higher mountains all around in this part of the Highlands (weather permitting).

This being Scotland there is no clue as to what the weather will actually be like – beautiful sunshine or torrential rain but being Easy Walkers we will take it all in our stride just like everything else.

There is a car park at the bridge in Glen Orchy at the Allt Broighleachan Caledonian Forest Reserve. Grid ref NN243320 for those of you who into that sort of thing.

Let’s meet at 10.00 for a 10.30 start. Car parking is limited so carsharing, as usual, is recommended.

Sunday 14 July Monega Hill and Glas Maol

If you fancy something more active than sipping Pimms (other brands also available) and scoffing strawberries on Sunday while watching a couple of people hit a ball back and forth.  Back and forth.  Back and forth.  (see what I mean)  then why not try the great Scottish outdoors instead?  And what’s so great about a massive sliding roof anyway?  (apart from the size of the bill)


Sunday’s walk offers magnificent views out over the Cairngorms followed by an even more spectacular and unusual approach to Glenshee and the hills beyond.  Three summits with most of it along a horseshoe ridge which narrows delightfully as you approach the final stretch atop Glenshee.


What’s not to like?  But if that’s insufficient to tickle your taste buds and you want something truly different, there’s (optional) wild swimming to be had in the River Isla.  Contact Dennis for info on the best spots.


And for dessert there’s a Corbett thrown in (but with a sneaky route to the side which may be even more tempting).


Start point is Auchavan at the end of the road up Glen Isla.  Let’s meet there at 9.30 for a 10 o’clock start.  Hope to see you then.


Other active pursuits are also available on Sunday e.g. storming the Bastille, but few with such fantastic views or excellent company.  Or you can veg on the sofa marvelling at how much money can be spent on something to keep the fresh air out.  Your choice!