Around Dunkeld

News: I recently received the sad news that Thistle Camps have been ended. In the hope that they will start up again in the future, I am leaving this post here for now.


More of a trip than a walk, I thought I would include this working holiday as a conservation volunteer for the National Trust for Scotland’s Thistle Camps (now discontinued) around Dunkeld. It was a great opportunity make a difference to Scotland’s unique natural heritage.

The working holidays were residential projects which involve helping the NTS to conserve and manage the historic locations under its care. Volunteers had the opportunity to live and work in some of Scotland’s remote and remarkable places.

Convalloch Lodge, Ballinluig

My work in the woodlands around Dunkeld was divided between The Hermitage at Dunkeld, Pass of Killiecrankie and the adjacent Linn of Tummel site during the second half of October. Supervised by the NTS Rangers, the work included clearing leaves from the paths and public areas, path edging, fencing, removing non native species, chopping non native wood for the charcoal kiln and helping to prepare Ossian Hall for a wedding. Volunteers can gain a more intimate knowledge of the history and stewardship of the sites from the Rangers. These are some pictures of the historic and beautiful locations in which I worked.

Killiecrankie – (Site of the Battle of Killiecrankie on 27th July 1689).

Charcoal Kiln
Making charcoal at Killiecrankie
Trooper’s Den at Killiecrankie

Linn of Tummel

Garry Bridge
View from Garry Bridge, Linn of Tummel
Linn of Tummel 2
Woodland, Linn of Tummel

The Hermitage, Dunkeld.

Woodland at The Hermitage, Dunkeld
Funghi on a tree at The Hermitage
The Hermitage 4
The River Braan at The Hermitage

I hope that these pictures show what a beautiful and unique area this is, and give some indication of how much there is to see at these three sites.

Day off

Bruar Falls
Lower Falls of Bruar, Pitlochry

Many thanks to the NTS Rangers, the camp leader and co-leaders, and the other volunteers, for an informative and enjoyable week. I paid the list price towards my upkeep on this camp.