Frequently asked questions

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

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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.