Frequently asked questions

  • Bog Asphodel Dùn Coillich
  • Strimming - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • BBQ October 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Fungus Hunt Dùn Coillich August 2017
  • Dùn Coillich primroses (Primula vulgaris) in snow
  • Beavers ready and willing to learn more about nature and wildlife Dùn Coillich
  • Planting trees
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Camera Trap Project June 2017
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Food for Beaver Scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • Heath-spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. fuchsii)
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Tim Fison Fencing Dùn Coillich
  • Rob Coope helping with transport in 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Dùn Coillich and Schiehallion from Glengoulandie
  • Fencing volunteers in 2013 — Dùn Coillich
  • Badger (Meles meles) caught on camera trap
  • Badger (Meles meles) caught on camera trap
  • A survey on Dùn Coillich found over 40 archaeological sites
  • The Hydro Scheme provides the Trust with an annual income. The scheme takes water from Dùn Coillich
  • Repairing walls. Deer need to be controlled to protect the trees
  • Tim Fison Bracken Harvest: Dùn Coillich
  • Tim Fison Route marking: Dùn Coillich
  • An abundance of wild flowers
  • Tim Fison Bracken Harvest: Dùn Coillich
  • Fencing volunteers in 2013 — Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Placing a camera trap to see what birds and other animals are on the move on Dùn Coillich
  • Strimming - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Granodorite
  • Sandra Winter working on Trish's enclosure in 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Joint work party with John Muir Trust
  • Fence repairs
  • Some nourishment for the Beaver scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Shieling Hut, one of the archaeological sites on Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Rural Skills Training trainees after completion of training
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Rural Skills Training trainee in action
  • Tim Fison Route marking: Dùn Coillich
  • Learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Tree Growth Dùn Coillich
  • Learning about nature
  • Fencing volunteers
  • Cubs working hard planting trees at Dùn Coillich, March 2017
  • Elderberry Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • BBQ October 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Badger Dùn Coillich
  • Joint working party with John Muir Trust in 2013 — at Dùn Coillich
  • Andy Pointer and Elspeth Paul marking the Centre of Scotland on Dùn Coillich
  • Tim Fison Fencing Dùn Coillich
  • Beaver scouts examining the pondlife
  • BBQ Autumn 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Scot's pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Sundew Dùn Coillich
  • A pink granite inclusion in the Schiehallion Boulder Bed
  • Tim Fison Route marking: Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Trainees learning how to do dry stane dyking
  • Having a break from work 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Fencing Dùn Coillich
  • Planting trees
  • Badger Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
  • Beaver scouts examining the pondlife
  • Rural Skills Training trainee in action
  • Willie McGhee Andy Walker Holly
  • A social gathering
  • Tim Fison Fencing Dùn Coillich
  • Glengoulandie dam: Dùn Coillich
  • Green veined white butterfly
  • Glengoulandie dam: Dùn Coillich
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Club Moss (Lycopodium) Dùn Coillich
  • Bilberries galore!
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Fencing 2014 Dùn Coillich
  • Willie McGhee Andy Walker Holly
  • Melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophylla)
  • Outdoor fun for the Beaver scouts
  • All geared up - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Willie McGhee Andy Walker Holly
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Tim Fison Bracken Harvest: Dùn Coillich
  • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
  • Lichens on fence post
  • Dùn Coillich signage
  • Food for Beaver Scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Learning about nature
  • Sandra Winter working on Trish's enclosure in 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Dùn Coillich is a beautiful location for hillwalking
  • Wire transport for fencing 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • SNH Camera Trap Project: Grandtully Primary June 2017
  • Tree Growth Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • Tim Fison Bracken Harvest: Dùn Coillich
  • Ring ouzel © Ronald Mitchell
  • Sneezewort Dùn Coillich
  • Quartzite - the main rock of Schiehallion
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Food for Beaver Scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • Fencing 2014 Dùn Coillich
  • Schiehallion from Dùn Coillich
  • Beavers ready and willing to learn more about nature and wildlife Dùn Coillich
  • Having a break from work 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Fungus Hunt Dùn Coillich August 2017
  • Short-eared owl © Ronald Mitchell
  • Petty Whin Dùn Coillich
  • Fencing 2014 Dùn Coillich
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • The road to Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Short-eared owl © Ronald Mitchell
  • Joint working party with John Muir Trust in 2013 — at Dùn Coillich
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Launch of Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership
  • Common heath moth
  • Improving access
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • The Beaver scouts having fun
  • Dùn Coillich signage
  • A social gathering
  • A diversity of grasses, including Yorkshire fog (Holcus lanatus), a rapid coloniser of disturbed and wetter ground
  • Lichen diversity
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix)
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Rob Coope helping with transport in 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • BBQ Autumn 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • BBQ Autumn 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Allt Mohr: Dùn Coillich
  • Yellow saxifrage (Saxifraga aizoides)
  • Braes of Foss working party 20170309 Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Beavers ready and willing to learn more about nature and wildlife Dùn Coillich
  • Sandra Winter working on Trish's enclosure in 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Dalradian Limestone covered in white lichen. Lichens are ‘indicator species’ which indicate pure air
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophylla)
  • The Hydro Scheme provides the Trust with an annual income. The scheme takes water from Dùn Coillich
  • School group with Professor Russell Coope 2012 Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Dùn Coillich is a beautiful location for hillwalking
  • Sunken Track, one of the archaeological sites on Dùn Coillich
  • Lime kiln. Limestone was roasted with layers of peat or other fuel to create lime fertiliser
  • Ring ouzel © Ronald Mitchell
  • Planting trees
  • Wire transport for fencing 2013 Dùn Coillich
  • Improving access
  • Launch of Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership
  • Glengoulandie dam: Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • A diversity of grasses, including Yorkshire fog (Holcus lanatus), a rapid coloniser of disturbed and wetter ground
  • There is a mink raft on Dùn Coillich which is there to check for the tracks of mink in clay
  • Beavers ready and willing to learn more about nature and wildlife Dùn Coillich
  • Beavers ready and willing to learn more about nature and wildlife Dùn Coillich
  • Bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix)
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Visit by the Roving Rockologists
  • Clints and Grykes
  • Planting trees
  • Rural Skills Trainees learning how to do dry stane dyking
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Learning about the Dalradian Limestone
  • Viewing the Black Grouse lek on Dùn Coillich
  • Stunning landscape
  • Rural Skills Course 3
  • Work Party March 2017: tree planting Dùn Coillich
  • Learning about nature
  • All geared up - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Biotite schist erratic
  • Launch of Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership
  • Green hairstreak
  • BBQ October 2016 Dùn Coillich
  • Beaver scouts and "the hut"
  • Schiehallion from Dùn Coillich
  • Fence repairs
  • Enjoying the river
  • Visitor hut. Posters, information sheets and books are available for the use of school parties and other visitors

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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.