Frequently asked questions

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