Frequently asked questions

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