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Monklands Ramblers

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since 1985

before booking

Numbers on the coach are no longer limited, but it is still essential to book in advance, and not turn up on the day without a confirmed booking.

The booking contact will be indicated on the newsletter and may differ from the walk leader. A text will be sent back to confirm a booking.

If you are unable to attend a walk, please let the booking contact know immediately. There are no charges for cancellations.

Face masks are no longer compulsory on the coachThis will be up to each individual if they still wish to wear one.

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Future Walk Dates

Sunday, 10 March:

Lauder area

Saturday, 23 March:

Lowther hills area

end of winter programme

Summer Programme starting soon.

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Scottish mountain Webcams

The Ben Nevis Webcam is located on the banks of Loch Linnhe, Fort William. The web cam updates every minute and captures fantastic views of Ben NevisFort William, Loch Linnhe and Aonach Mor.

Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe, Argyll, is one of the most beautiful mountains in Scotland. The picture of it above was taken a short time ago by a camera at the Glencoe Mountain Ski Centre.

Weekend Walk

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Walk Reports:

Walk report B – Dollar to Tillicoultry visiting Castle Campbell from Dollar Glen

Starting in Dollar there is a stiff climb to the impressive Castle Campbell which is an excellent viewpoint. Retracing our steps to Dollar the route to Tillicoultry is then a relatively flat walk on paths and tracks through farmland and woodland. Sections of this at the time of recce were very muddy.

Walk report B+. Dollar to Tillicoultry via King’s Seat Hill

The walk starts from Dollar and goes up Dollar Glen towards Castle Campbell on a good track. There are some steep steps on this track as we go up the gorge with steep hillsides next to the track in places (if you suffer from vertigo let the walk leader know in advance).

The walk up to King’s Seat is a steep one also and we will have an overall ascent of 700m on the day with the reward of some terrific views at the top if the weather is kind.

We will come down into Tillicoultry via Mill Glen which is very picturesque. There was snow up top and on the decent during the recce so, as always, the walk will be weather and conditions dependent.

Morning stop: Muircot Farmshop / Coffee Shop near Tillicoultry

Afternoon pub stop: This will be in Tillicoultry, we are booked into The Woolpack Inn at 1 Glassford Square. It’s a small pub but the landlord is very keen to host us and has assured that he can take us all in and that he will make some chips. If you feel it’s too small or busy for you there is also the Bridge Inn at 1 High Street about 100m away and The Royal directly opposite this. There is also a café just off the High Street if you prefer

✔ Date: Saturday, 24 February

Leader 1: Stuart Sefton

✔ Location: Dollar to Tillicoultry (via King’s Seat Hill)

✔ Grade: B+

✔ Distance: 6.5 Miles / 10.5km

Leader 2: Pat Rawlinson

✔ Location: Dollar and Castle Campbell to Tillicoultry

✔ Grade: B

✔ Distance: 7.25 Miles / 11.7km

✔ Booking: Please contact Pat Rawlinson on 07873 263894 to book on the walk. Please send a text including your full name and pick-up point. You can only book as an individual or for family or couple bookings. All bookings will be acknowledged with a confirmation text. This may not be immediate so please be patient.

✔ Pick-up: First pick-up will be Coatbridge at 8.30am (at the back of the Time Capsule) followed by Airdrie (across from Airdrie Railway station).

Club Ceilidh

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Event: Monklands Ramblers Ceilidh

Date: Saturday, 17 February 2024

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Coatbridge Indoor Bowling Club

Ticket price is £15 which includes a buffet. Tickets are now on sale on the bus from Jackie Wilson. If anyone wishes to pay by online banking, please send Jackie a text on 07368 200915 and she will send her banking details. The ceilidh is open to family and friends

Event: Easter 2024

Date: 29 March – 1 April’24

Easter Payment: Payments for the Easter weekend break are now being taken. All monies are required to be paid to Caledonian Travel by Friday 9 February. Please text Christine direct on 07837 990985 if bank details are required for any transfers.

3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast 

Walk Reports

✔ Info: WalkHighlands – Ben Wyvis (near Garve)

Ben Wyvis (Grade A+) is a Munro with a height of 1046m and a total ascent of 935m. The walk is about 14km, approximately 9 miles. After a picturesque uphill walk alongside a river and wooded area there is a steep ascent up to An Cabar at 946m. This section of the climb is mainly in a series of steep steps, similar to those on The Cobbler. From An Cabar the walk to the summit of Ben Wyvis is a much more gentle ridge walk. The recce was particularly difficult due to winds in excess of 50 mph during the ascent, especially near the summit and it was snow covered across the entire ridge section of the route. It will be very much weather and conditions dependent on whether we attempt this walk on the day given we could still be in the depths of winter.


✔ Info: WalkHighlands – Dunglass Island and the Conon, Maryburgh

Maryburgh Circular & Dunglass Island (Grade C+) is a flat walk of 12km, approximately 7.5 miles. The walk starts in the small town of Maryburgh and after exiting the town the walk skirts the River Conon which splits around the small Dunglass Island, once the site of a small fort. The walk crosses a bridge to do a circuit of Dunglass Island before re-joining the riverside path for about a mile. It then circles round some rural and woodland tracks back to Maryburgh. This is a picturesque and easy going river walk.


✔ Info: Ullapool , WalkHighlands – Knockfarrel and Cnoc Mòr, Strathpeffer

On the Sunday the bus will take a trip to Ullapool for those interested in exploring the town, having a bit of a wander and sampling the local hospitality. As an alternative, a circular walk starting and stopping in Strathpeffer has been put together. This particular walk has not had a recce, but it should be relatively straightforward. It’s 10km, approximately 6.5 miles with 300m of ascent (Grade B). The walk takes us up to Knock Farrel, once an extensive iron age fortress, and then on to the summit of Cnoc Mor before returning to Strathpeffer. Good views should be on offer if we have a clear day.


As previously mentioned Christine can take payments at any time.  Final payments to Caledonian Travel have to be made by Friday 9 February 2024, so all monies will require to be with me before this date. Please have your payment with me by Sunday 4 February, so I can assemble the final payment. Document attached with final payments due in the last column.

If paying by cash, the final date for this would be on the last walk of January – Saturday 27 to give me time to pay any monies into a bank.  If anyone wishes to do bank transfer, please just send me a text and I can send transfer details back to you. Thanks to those who have already paid.

Pick up points
We will be getting picked up at our usual walk pick up points.  Time to be confirmed early next year.

Strathpeffer, Ullapool and hotel info
Strathpeffer is a lovely area and I’m sure we are all looking forward to the Easter weekend trip.  As always you are free to decide what you would like to do during the entire weekend.  However, a couple of walk recces have already taken place and you are most welcome to join a walk.  On the Saturday we are hoping to have a choice of either Ben Wyvis or Maryburgh Circular & Dunglass Island.

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RA Membership

Monklands Ramblers is an official Ramblers Association Group. We receive annual funding from the RA to finance club administration such as the website, walk leader recce expenses, the Fiver promotion etc.
RA members receive a welcome pack plus excellent quarterly magazine and an entitlement to walk with any Ramblers group in Britain. There is also access to an extensive online library of walks and discounts available to members eg Cotswold Outdoor Company, O.S maps, Ramblers Holidays etc.
You can join the RA here.
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