Frequently asked questions

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

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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.