Frequently asked questions

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

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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.