Frequently asked questions

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

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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.