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  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • A social gathering
  • The road to Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix)
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Club Moss (Lycopodium) Dùn Coillich
  • Allt Mohr: Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • BBQ October 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Sandra Winter working on Trish's enclosure in 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Training trainees after completion of training
  • A diversity of grasses, including Yorkshire fog (Holcus lanatus), a rapid coloniser of disturbed and wetter ground
  • Dyke building Sep 2017
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Ring ouzel © Ronald Mitchell
  • Lichens on fence post
  • Repairing walls. Deer need to be controlled to protect the trees
  • Enjoying the river
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • Learning about nature
  • First Aid Rural Skills 3
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Joint work party with John Muir Trust
  • Learning about nature
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Route marking: Dùn Coillich
  • The Hydro Scheme provides the Trust with an annual income. The scheme takes water from Dùn Coillich
  • Rob Coope helping with transport in 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Badger Dùn Coillich
  • Route marking: Dùn Coillich
  • Wire transport for fencing 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Learning about the Dalradian Limestone
  • Beavers Dùn Coillich
  • A social gathering
  • Bracken Harvest: Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Having a break from work 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Glengoulandie dam: Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Dyke building Sep 2017
  • Launch of Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership
  • BBQ Autumn 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Glengoulandie dam: Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Short-eared owl © Ronald Mitchell
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Shieling Hut, one of the archaeological sites on Dùn Coillich
  • Beavers Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Sneezewort Dùn Coillich
  • Lime kiln. Limestone was roasted with layers of peat or other fuel to create lime fertiliser
  • Fence repairs
  • Rural Skills Training trainee in action
  • Badger Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Trainees learning how to do dry stane dyking
  • Improving access
  • Tree Growth Dùn Coillich
  • SNH Camera Trap Project: Grandtully Primary June 2017
  • Planting trees
  • Green hairstreak
  • Bracken Harvest: Dùn Coillich
  • Fungus Hunt Dùn Coillich August 2017
  • Fencing Dùn Coillich
  • Stunning landscape
  • Dùn Coillich is a beautiful location for hillwalking
  • Some nourishment for the Beaver scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • Melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophylla)
  • Rural Skills Training trainee in action
  • Dyke building Sep 2017
  • An abundance of wild flowers
  • Fencing volunteers
  • Glengoulandie dam: Dùn Coillich
  • Andy Pointer and Elspeth Paul marking the Centre of Scotland on Dùn Coillich
  • Petty Whin Dùn Coillich
  • Bracken Harvest: Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • The Beaver scouts having fun
  • Dùn Coillich is a beautiful location for hillwalking
  • Strimming - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Cubs working hard planting trees at Dùn Coillich, March 2017
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Trainees learning how to do dry stane dyking
  • Dyke building Sep 2017
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Launch of Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership
  • Planting trees
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Learning about nature
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Strimming - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • BBQ Autumn 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Beavers Dùn Coillich
  • Schiehallion from Dùn Coillich
  • Joint working party with John Muir Trust in 2013 — at Dùn Coillich
  • Willie McGhee Andy Walker Holly
  • Quartzite - the main rock of Schiehallion
  • Planting trees
  • Green veined white butterfly
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Scot's pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Biotite schist erratic
  • Beaver scouts examining the pondlife
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Fence repairs
  • All geared up - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Viewing the Black Grouse lek on Dùn Coillich
  • Melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophylla)
  • Food for Beaver Scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • Granodorite
  • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Food for Beaver Scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • Planting trees
  • Bilberries galore!
  • School group with Professor Russell Coope 2012 Dùn Coillich
  • Beaver scouts and "the hut"
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Fence wire transport on the contraption Dùn Coillich
  • Fencing Dùn Coillich
  • Badger (Meles meles) caught on camera trap
  • Route marking: Dùn Coillich
  • First Aid Rural Skills 3
  • Fencing volunteers in 2013 — Dùn Coillich
  • Rob Coope helping with transport in 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Schiehallion from Dùn Coillich
  • Dùn Coillich and Schiehallion from Glengoulandie
  • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
  • First Aid Rural Skills 3
  • Tree Growth Dùn Coillich
  • Food for Beaver Scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • Visit by the Roving Rockologists
  • All geared up - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Badger (Meles meles) caught on camera trap
  • Sandra Winter working on Trish's enclosure in 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Dùn Coillich signage
  • A diversity of grasses, including Yorkshire fog (Holcus lanatus), a rapid coloniser of disturbed and wetter ground
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Joint working party with John Muir Trust in 2013 — at Dùn Coillich
  • Improving access
  • Placing a camera trap to see what birds and other animals are on the move on Dùn Coillich
  • Fencing Dùn Coillich
  • There is a mink raft on Dùn Coillich which is there to check for the tracks of mink in clay
  • Bracken Harvest: Dùn Coillich
  • Common heath moth
  • Wire transport for fencing 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Beavers Dùn Coillich
  • Short-eared owl © Ronald Mitchell
  • Fencing Dùn Coillich
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • A pink granite inclusion in the Schiehallion Boulder Bed
  • A survey on Dùn Coillich found over 40 archaeological sites
  • Elderberry Dùn Coillich
  • Fungus Hunt Dùn Coillich August 2017
  • Beavers Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Launch of Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership
  • Heath-spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. fuchsii)
  • Ring ouzel © Ronald Mitchell
  • Sunken Track, one of the archaeological sites on Dùn Coillich
  • Dalradian Limestone covered in white lichen. Lichens are ‘indicator species’ which indicate pure air
  • Sundew Dùn Coillich
  • Beaver scouts examining the pondlife
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix)
  • The Hydro Scheme provides the Trust with an annual income. The scheme takes water from Dùn Coillich
  • Clints and Grykes
  • Visitor hut. Posters, information sheets and books are available for the use of school parties and other visitors
  • Lichen diversity
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Dùn Coillich primroses (Primula vulgaris) in snow
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • Willie McGhee Andy Walker Holly
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Yellow saxifrage (Saxifraga aizoides)
  • Fencing volunteers in 2013 — Dùn Coillich
  • BBQ Autumn 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • BBQ October 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Dùn Coillich signage
  • Bog Asphodel Dùn Coillich
  • Having a break from work 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Camera Trap Project June 2017
  • Willie McGhee Andy Walker Holly
  • Outdoor fun for the Beaver scouts
  • BBQ October 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Sandra Winter working on Trish's enclosure in 2013 Dùn Coillich

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Dùn Coillich

Access is freely available to anyone, member or not - as detailed under the 2003 Access law. Under the law people must be responsible to have access - see the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Dun Coillich is a facility for schools to use for activities such as:

  • The John Muir Award
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Biology and Geography Higher and Advanced Higher Projects
  • Biology and Geography short courses

Other Academic Organisations have also used and are encouraged to use Dun Coillich, such as:

  • Field Studies Council
  • Universities
  • County recorders
Yes, but please keep it under control. From March to July, keep it on a lead to avoid disturbing ground-nesting pipits, larks, merlin, grouse, short-eared owl, etc. See our page on Walking at Dùn Coillich
There is wheelchair access to the hut.

HIKING: There are some marked routes with coloured stakes around the perimeter and across the centre of Dun Coillich but these are not yet clearly-defined paths. Work is ongoing to turn these routes into paths but there is some way to go yet.

BIRD-WATCHING: Bird-watching is rewarding. The Blackcock Lek is the most charismatic feature but there are an assortment of birds of prey to be seen - buzzards, kestrels, golden eagle, short eared owl, barn owl. Other interesting birds include grasshopper warbler and ring ouzel. See our biodiversity section for more information.

MOUNTAIN-BIKING: There are no tracks that are suitable for mountain bikes.

SKIING: Cross country skiing would be a possibility when there is sufficient snow cover.

SWIMMING: There is nowhere suitable for swimming.

OTHER: The management committee also organises occasional events such BBQs, book launches, poetry readings. Check the Calendar for details of upcoming events. See our page on Walking at Dùn Coillich

The visitor hut (Observation and Educational Facility) is available to visiting groups and individuals (there are contact phone numbers to allow the code to be imparted to the visitor). There is a portaloo in the car park and we are in active consultation to get a permanent composting toilet installed alongside the car park.

The Wee Birks Field

The Wee Birks Field is close to the Lower Birks in Aberfeldy. It was purchased in 2016 and we are actively seeking inputs into how it should be utilised and managed. See more information on the field here.