LSCC Talk – 16th March

Have been advised that the planned talk on the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club taking place in Newport-on-Tay on Monday evening has been postponed. Don’t know when it will be rescheduled for, but will let you know once I do. In the meantime if you have any queries contact Yoga-on-Tay who are hosting the talk.

Free Navigation Training

Registered charity Mountain Aid (SC040294) have announced the dates of their 1-day introductory navigation courses for Spring 2020.

Nearest one to Fife is Saturday 11th April in the Pentland Hills (just outside Edinburgh). Although free to attend these courses are delivered by a qualified (WMCI) and insured instructor.

You can book a place via the Mountain Aid website at

The full Spring Navigation courses programme is

Wednesday 8th April 2020                                 Ochil Hills
Saturday 11th April 2020                                      Pentland Hills
Wednesday 22nd April 2020                             Touch Moor, Stirling   
​Saturday 2nd May 2020                                      Clyde Muirshiel Park     
Sunday 24th May 2020                                       Aberfoyle

More information and booking via Mountain Aid.

Mountain Aid  is a volunteer-run Scottish Charity with the objective of promoting mountain safety.



The River Leven Programme

Received this information about the proposed path upgrades along the River Leven. It’s a drop-in session so just pop along if you want to find out more or have your say.

“We thought your group might be interested in a drop-in event run by The River Leven Programme.  There will be an opportunity to speak to the project team to learn about the first major project in the Programme. This aims to create a network of paths and cycle ways along a 5km stretch of the river from Cameron Bridge to Levenmouth, as well as creating around a further 20km stretch of paths which will weave through and between the local communities of Buckhaven, Methil, Methilhill, Leven and Windygates. Down the line, there will be opportunities to expand this network to better connect communities in Markinch, Glenrothes and Leslie with the River Leven and also the Back Burn which runs to the north of Glenrothes. Would your group use a path or cycle network to Levenmouth? Do you make any journeys to this location at present? What motivates these journeys? The River Leven Programme would be interested to hear from you. “

Monday 2 March (10am-4pm) – Senior Citizens Centre, Main Street, Methill, KY8 2DP

History of the LSCC – Free Talk

I’ve received information on a free talk being held in Newport-on-Tay on the history of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club.

Date/time: Monday 16th March 7.30 pm

Venue: Yoga-on-Tay, 24 High Street, Newport-on-Tay, DD6 8AZ

Speaker: Alison Higham

For anyone wondering, allegedly they didn’t climb in those heavy tweed skirts, they changed into them for photos as they couldn’t be seen wearing breeches!

Contact Yoga on Tay via their own website at

More information on the LSCC on their website at

Mountain Mind Quiz 2020

The Ancrum Mountaineering Club  is delighted to be hosting the 2020 Mountain Mind Quiz.

When: Wednesday 18th March 7 pm for 7.30 pm start

Where: Queens Hotel, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DU

Who: teams of 2 – 3 representing clubs and like minded organisations from across Tayside and Fife (and further afield)

Entry fee: £3 per head – proceeds to Tayside Mountain Rescue Team

Get together with your friends to enter a team or come along and spectate. All welcome.

  • Trophy for the winning team
  • Boot for the lowest scoring team
  • Fun for all

Contact Liz for more information

Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings Project

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited by Inner Forth Futures to join them for a preview of their new Wanderings and Windings walking and cycling routes.

After a lovely sunny walk around Gartmorn Dam accompannied by a Clackmannanshire Council ranger we retreated to the cafe/visitor centre for coffee and scones and a look at the route plans.

Gartmorn Dam and the Ochils
Gartmorn Dam and the Ochils – a section from Route 3

Wanderings and Windings is a project financed primarily by a National Heritage Lottery Fund grant to create 8 walking and cycling routes around the Inner Forth area. With input from community groups and the public the draft plans for these routes are now in place. It’s not too late to get involved and help finalise these routes by joining the Wanderings and Windings Facebook Group.

Although making use of existing paths and tracks, the new routes will all be waymarked and be accompanied by an information leaflet. Check out the draft proposals on the Inner Forth website. Please remember though that routes are still subject to change!

The routes are scheduled for launch in October 2019. Watch this space for further updates.

Fife Pilgrim Way

Published today, a write up of the newly opened Fife Pilgrim Way.

My description tackles the 64 mile route in 7 bite-sized chunks (between 8 and 11 miles). Start and finish points are linked by a single bus service making it easy to return to your start point if doing a one-way walk.

  • Culross to Dunfermline
  • North Queensferry to Dunfermline
  • Dunfermline to Crosshill
  • Crosshill to Glenrothes
  • Glenrothes to Kennoway
  • Kennoway to Ceres
  • Ceres to St Andrews

See for the complete route.

Here is a selection of photographs from along the route.