Frequently asked questions

  • Pink granite inclusion
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Learning about the Dalradian Limestone
  • Fence repairs
  • Stunning landscape
  • Fence repairs
  • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
  • Outdoor fun for the Beaver scouts
  • Heath-spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. fuchsii)
  • Lichen diversity
  • Learning about nature
  • Enjoying the river
  • A diversity of grasses, including Yorkshire fog (Holcus lanatus), a rapid coloniser of disturbed and wetter ground
  • There is a mink raft on Dùn Coillich which is there to check for the tracks of mink in clay
  • Planting trees
  • Some nourishment for the Beaver scouts after their hard work at Dùn Coillich
  • Shieling Hut, one of the archaeological sites on Dùn Coillich
  • Rural Skills Training trainees after completion of training
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Bilberries galore!
  • Planting trees
  • Learning about nature
  • Melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophylla)
  • Short-eared owl © Ronald Mitchell
  • Visitor hut. Posters, information sheets and books are available for the use of school parties and other visitors
  • Ring ouzel © Ronald Mitchell
  • Strimming - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Quartzite - the main rock of Schiehallion
  • Andy Pointer and Elspeth Paul marking the Centre of Scotland on Dùn Coillich
  • Viewing the Black Grouse lek on Dùn Coillich
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • Dalradian Limestone covered in white lichen. Lichen is an ‘indicator species’ which indicates pure air
  • Sunken Track, one of the archaeological sites on Dùn Coillich
  • Green hairstreak
  • Fencing volunteers
  • Placing a camera trap to see what birds and other animals are on the move on Dùn Coillich
  • Badger (Meles meles) caught on camera trap
  • Beaver scouts examining the pondlife
  • Yellow saxifrage (Saxifraga aizoides)
  • Rural Skills Training trainee in action
  • The Hydro Scheme provides the Trust with an annual income. The scheme takes water from Dùn Coillich
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • A social gathering
  • Improving access
  • Bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix)
  • Visit by the Roving Rockologists
  • Dùn Coillich and Schiehallion from Glengoulandie
  • All geared up - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • The Beaver scouts having fun
  • The road to Dùn Coillich
  • Planting trees
  • Bell heather (Erica cinerea) and cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix)
  • Learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Rural Skills Trainees learning how to do dry stane dyking
  • Beaver scouts and "the hut"
  • A survey on Dùn Coillich found over 40 archaeological sites
  • Dùn Coillich is a beautiful location for hillwalking
  • Dùn Coillich primroses (Primula vulgaris) in snow
  • Dùn Coillich is a beautiful location for hillwalking
  • Dùn Coillich - for the people
  • Rural Skills Trainees learning how to do dry stane dyking
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • Rural Skills Training trainee in action
  • Repairing walls. Deer need to be controlled to protect the trees
  • Improving access
  • Learning about nature
  • Clints and Grykes
  • Melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophylla)
  • Grandtully Primary School and the SNH camera trap project
  • An abundance of wild flowers
  • Dùn Coillich signage
  • A social gathering
  • All geared up - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Ring ouzel © Ronald Mitchell
  • Planting trees
  • Strimming - learning maintenance skills as part of the Rural Skills Training
  • Badger (Meles meles) caught on camera trap
  • Green veined white butterfly
  • Scot's pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • 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
  • Beaver scouts examining the pondlife
  • Lime kiln. Limestone was roasted with layers of peat or other fuel to create lime fertiliser
  • Granodorite
  • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
  • The Hydro Scheme provides the Trust with an annual income. The scheme takes water from Dùn Coillich
  • Lichens on fence post
  • Joint work party with John Muir Trust
  • Common heath moth
  • Dùn Coillich signage
  • Biotite schist erratic
  • Short-eared owl © Ronald Mitchell

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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 Field

The "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.