This weeks walks were in the Dunkeld area, Transport was by coach and this report relates to the group of 21 who walked Deuchary Hill and Loch Ordie, Frank Duffy was our leader he last led this walk 4 years ago, unfortunately the weather was not as I recall it 4 years ago as from leaving Kirkintilloch at 08:30 it poured down,
the coach dropped all 3 groups off at an in shot to the back of the Hilton hotel, we crossed the road to pick up a path at the side of a small loch and this took us to a car park in the trees,
we went left at the crossroads this would be our route into the hills, the rain had now stopped however the wet ground and long grass meant we would continue to get our feet and legs wet,
we had a coffee stop however low cloud meant views would not be possible today so Frank cheered us up with some treats, continuing on the track we reached a wooden sign indicating the route to the top, rain was never far away and we continued to have intermittent light showers so it was an on / off day with jackets,
A short steep section indicated we were near the top of Deuchary Hill and after 30 minuets the trig point came into view. a small hollow gave us shelter as we had lunch, then from here most of the walk would be downhill or flat walking as Frank guided us along LRT and forestry roads,
On reaching Loch Ordie we visited the cairn where the traditional group photo was taken, (This Photo is from todays walk)
We then we made the long walk back towards Dunkeld but not before passing some bird spotters (rumours of an Osprey) cyclists and dog walkers,
Around 30 minutes from Dunkeld the rain started, it would now be on for the rest of the walk and would get heavier, by the time we reached the coach we had all had a good soaking fortunately the warm temperature help ease the pain,
On board the coach and out of the rain we gave Frank a well deserved thank you for his expertise and guidance on todays walk.
Verdict: Always a very enjoyable walk, shame about the rain but that is what makes Scotland the place it is, Thanks again Frank,
Due to the weather conditions we had no views or photographs, the following are from our previous walks and shows what we could have seen, courtesy of Frank Duffy.