Frequently asked questions

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

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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.