Frequently asked questions

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