Frequently asked questions

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

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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.