Trip to the Sidlaws – November

The Club walk for November saw three radical departures from well-established tradition:
– We headed South to the Sidlaw Halls, an area we had never been to before. Some people were so disorientated by this that they got lost on the way to the start of the walk.
– We moved the walk from the first to the second weekend of the month so that club members could enjoy Bonfire night (!). This proved to be a good decision as the weather was good compared to the downpours of the previous Sunday.
– We planned to do two short walks and use the cars to travel between them, rather than the normal single walk.
Nine gallant hillwalkers set out from the village of Collace and made the short ascent to Dunsinane Hill. This hill was an iron age fort and was made famous when Shakespeare featured it in “Macbeth”. Thankfully, there were no witches or other ghouls encountered. From there, we continued on the ridge over Black Hill to King’s Seat. This was a bit of a tiddler at 377 metres, but the views very good with Dundee and the silvery Tay to the South and all manner of snow-covered peaks to the North including the Angus Glens and Schiehallion.
We could have returned along the ridge but decided to traverse down in order to avoid reascent. As is often the case, this was a mistake as the ground was boggy and tussocky and give the hardest walking of the day.
Once back at the cars, we drove to Tullybaccart for a short walk up a good track to the top of Lundie Craigs. The highlight was a stop at the lovely Ledcrieff Loch. This was mirror calm with trout breaking the surface.
On the way back we had a pleasant coffee stop in Meigle. All in all it was an enjoyable day with fine weather to explore an unfamiliar area.