BDHC Walking Blog


The Ochils, Sunday 18th February 2018

Posted By at Monday, February 19, 2018

Twenty members of Blairgowrie and District Hillwalking Club enjoyed different routes to the highest point on the Ochil hills, Ben Cleuch.

 They split into three groups and although they all touched the cairn of the “Graham”, Ben Cleuch, their routes differed. Starting and finishing at Tillicoultry they all climbed up Mill Glen. This was a hot steep climb on a well made path in surprisingly mild conditions. However, conditions changed as they left the wooded glen and carried upwards on open hillside. Here it was much cooler with snow on the ground, mist obscuring fine views and breezy as they reached the summits. Although two of the groups kept to the regular route going over the Law at the head of Mill Glen, then onto Ben Cleuch, some took in Ben Buck and Ben Ever before descending steeply via a series of zig zags down the Silver Glen and picking up a new path through a scenic woodland park back to Tillicoultry. The third group were more adventurous in search of new “Grahams and Donalds”. They branched off mid way up Mill Glen and headed East to King’s Seat hill, over Andrew Gannel Hill then onto Ben Cleuch and following the same route of descent back to Tillicoultry where those that were back in good time enjoyed refreshments in the local pub the Woolpack. With poor visibility because of hill fog, everyone had plenty compasses practise. Good number of people and dogs out on the hills including some rather scantily clad hill runners.