Frequently asked questions

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

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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 you are requested to stay clear of the Blackcock Lek
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.

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.