In the absence of David Mackenzie, the walk was led solely by “the competent and charismatic Eric Meechan” and what a walk! Eric’s reputation obviously goes before him. He is so popular that we even had someone travel all the way from Canada so that she could experience the joy of taking part in one of Eric’s walks. I’m sure Geraldine will treasure the memory. Just be wary of rusty nails in the future!The route taken is shown below. The distance was 12.7km (7.9 miles) and the ascent 490m. The duration of the walk was approximately four and a half hours.
The starting point for the walk was the Castle Campbell car park in Dollar and, as our group of 20 set off, the weather was perfect with blue skies and no rain forecast (which made a pleasant change). We were soon climbing steadily on a grassy path and before long we were into our stride. At the first junction, we took the right-hand fork and made our way around Hillfoot Hill, stopping for an early coffee break before swinging right and continuing on the path towards Commonedge Hill.
The next target was Seamab Hill (439m) which was marked by a
small cairn. With Castlehill Reservoir on our right and Auchlinsky Hill on our
left, we made our way towards GlenQuey, stopping at a sheltered spot for lunch
on the way. Near the head of Glenquey
Reservoir some of the group took time to climb to the top of a small hill to
see the memorial to a young boy who had died at the age of just 21 months.
Heading towards Seamab Hill with Loch Leven in the distance:
Parmjit and Pauline on Seamab Hill:
Lomond Hills, Bishop Hill and Loch Leven taken from Seamab Hill:
The route back to the car park took us alongside the reservoir, eventually arriving at the same junction we had turned off earlier in the day. Ten minutes later, we were back at the car park. Ella provided the vote of thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable day in the Ochils, with terrific views, perfect weather and great company. Well done Eric.
Thank you to Maggie, Frank and Bob for the photographs.