Frequently asked questions

  • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
  • Melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophylla)
  • The road to Dùn Coillich
  • All geared up - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
  • Green hairstreak
  • Rural Skills Trainees learning how to do dry stane dyking
  • Ring ouzel © Ronald Mitchell
  • Fence repairs
  • Visit by the Roving Rockologists
  • Dùn Coillich primroses (Primula vulgaris) in snow
  • Improving access
  • Dùn Coillich signage
  • Repairing walls. Deer need to be controlled to protect the trees
  • Dùn Coillich is a beautiful location for hillwalking
  • Joint work party with John Muir Trust
  • Planting trees
  • Planting trees
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • The Hydro Scheme provides the Trust with an annual income. The scheme takes water from Dùn Coillich
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Learning about the Dalradian Limestone
  • Learning about nature
  • Placing a camera trap to see what birds and other animals are on the move on Dùn Coillich
  • A social gathering
  • Pink granite inclusion
  • Bilberries galore!
  • Shieling Hut, one of the archaeological sites on Dùn Coillich
  • Biotite schist erratic
  • Stunning landscape
  • Sunken Track, one of the archaeological sites on Dùn Coillich
  • Scot's pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Strimming - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Granodorite
  • Planting trees
  • Outdoor fun for the Beaver scouts
  • Badger (Meles meles) caught on camera trap
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • The Beaver scouts having fun
  • Learning about nature
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Lichens on fence post
  • Learning about nature
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • Ring ouzel © Ronald Mitchell
  • Fence repairs
  • Heath-spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. fuchsii)
  • Rural Skills Training trainee in action
  • Enjoying the river
  • A social gathering
  • Clints and Grykes
  • Rural Skills Training trainees after completion of training
  • Melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophylla)
  • Rural Skills Training trainee in action
  • Fencing volunteers
  • Andy Pointer and Elspeth Paul marking the Centre of Scotland on Dùn Coillich
  • Lime kiln. Limestone was roasted with layers of peat or other fuel to create lime fertiliser
  • Learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Improving access
  • Visitor hut. Posters, information sheets and books are available for the use of school parties and other visitors
  • Viewing the Black Grouse lek on Dùn Coillich
  • Short-eared owl © Ronald Mitchell
  • Quartzite - the main rock of Schiehallion
  • Yellow saxifrage (Saxifraga aizoides)
  • Learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Beaver scouts examining the pondlife
  • Beaver scouts and "the hut"
  • A diversity of grasses, including Yorkshire fog (Holcus lanatus), a rapid coloniser of disturbed and wetter ground
  • An abundance of wild flowers
  • Common heath moth
  • Short-eared owl © Ronald Mitchell
  • Beaver scouts examining the pondlife
  • Dùn Coillich signage
  • Bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix)
  • Rural Skills Trainees learning how to do dry stane dyking
  • Badger (Meles meles) caught on camera trap
  • The Hydro Scheme provides the Trust with an annual income. The scheme takes water from Dùn Coillich
  • There is a mink raft on Dùn Coillich which is there to check for the tracks of mink in clay
  • All geared up - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Strimming - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Dùn Coillich is a beautiful location for hillwalking
  • Green veined white butterfly
  • A diversity of grasses, including Yorkshire fog (Holcus lanatus), a rapid coloniser of disturbed and wetter ground
  • Bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix)
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Planting trees
  • Dùn Coillich and Schiehallion from Glengoulandie
  • Dalradian Limestone covered in white lichen. Lichen is an ‘indicator species’ which indicates pure air
  • Some nourishment for the Beaver scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • A survey on Dùn Coillich found over 40 archaeological sites
  • Lichen diversity

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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 Field

The "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.