On Sunday 7th January, twenty one members of Blairgowrie and District hill walking club and two visitors enjoyed wonderful winter conditions on three different walks all based at Amulree.Although the original plan was to have some through walks from Amulree to the Sma' Glen the routes were adjusted to take account of icy conditions on the roads and deep snow on the hills. One group did complete the walk as planned - starting at Amulree village hall, they completed a circuit of Loch Freuchie, spotting many different types of geese. Another group walked west of Amulree up Glen Quaich and climbed the flank of Meall nam Fuaran before descending to walk by Lochan a' Mhuilinn. The third group also started in Glen Quaich but soon headed south following the Achnafauld burn to Geal Charn. The two groups on the hills were soon walking in deep snow which hampered progress but the views were stunning and there were sightings of red grouse, roe deer and white hares on the skyline and a surprised flushing of a snipe. Interesting tracks in the snow made by different animals and birds - we may need to consult wild life books to be sure what made the tracks.
The attached photo shows the largest group on their way to Geal Charn with loch Freuchie in the background.