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Stirling members centre of the National Trust for Scotland enjoyed a scenic bus journey to Dunstaffnage Castle last Wednesday. More than 50 members enjoyed the trip via Callander, Loch Lubnaig, Glen Ogle, Glen Dochart, Strath Fillan, a stop for refreshment at The Green Welly, Tyndrum, then Glen Lochie, Loch Awe and Taynault on our way to have lunch at the Lochnell Arms Hotel, North Connel. Thereafter we headed westwards again to visit the ruined castle of Dunstaffnage, near Oban. The climb up the steep stone steps into the castle itself was a challenge for many but provided interesting rewards. The return journey was by the same route in reverse giving fine opportunities to appreciate the vistas from another angle. It was a full day’s outing leaving at 0900 and returning to base about 1815 but well worth it. All thanks to Jack Macgregor, the trip organizer on this occasion. The next outing is another full day one to Mellerstain House in the Borders on Wednesday, July 8. At the moment there are some vacancies for this trip so anyone interesting in joining this or other trips is welcome to view webpage (www.spanglefish.com/ntsstirling) or to contact Neil Pollock (01786 841778).
Linlithgow Loch is a spectacular area for a walk. Braveheart meet every Sunday, 1.30pm at the St Ninian’s way car park to set off for a gentle one hour walk around the Loch, and not forgetting going to the cafe afterwards for a cuppa! Walk Leaders and weekly walkers look forward to welcoming you. For for information please call 01324 673703.