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Thursday 22 May 2014
Twelve walkers set off on a 'there and back' walk along the ancient 'Cadgers' Yett' track used by drovers to take cattle from Aucherarder to Falkirk. The vertical path above Castle Campbell was a bit daunting but we had superb views over the castle and the Forth Valley - the weather was fine throughout though rain had been forecast. Then the path levelled out and we passed Glenquay reservoir and slopes newly planted by the Woodland Trust. There were swathes of brilliantly intense bluebells and the banks of one burn were dotted with primroses in flower. We dropped down into Glendevon and had possibly the world's biggest sandwiches at the Tormaukin Inn, enjoying a bit of leisure before we creaked back into action. The return walk was lovely - we covered about 10 miles in all and as Maureen said, it could be called the Talking Group as the conversation is as lively as the action.
Friday 16 May 2014
On a gloriously sunny day a coach full of SURSA members set off for Dawyck, near Peebles to visit a superb garden full of azaleas and rhododendrons in flower, and bluebell woods in bloom. After a couple of hours exploring the garden we moved on to Kailzie Gardens where we had lunch and were given a guided tour of the garden which is imaginatively divided into formal walled areas with tantalising glimpses of vistas beyond.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
David King, the author of a comprehensive catalogue of buildings by Robert Adam. gave a lecture on the creation of Airthrey Castle. It was followed by a tour of the castle which is the process of refurbishment.