Frequently asked questions

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

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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 you are requested to stay clear of the Blackcock Lek
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.

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.