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In praise of smaller hills : Torlum

In praise of smaller hills : Torlum

Postby Jaywizz » Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:08 pm

Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Torlum

Date walked: 04/11/2014

Time taken: 1.75 hours

Distance: 4.5 km

Ascent: 322m

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There is definitely pleasure in exploring new areas - I have driven the A822 so many times, but today took the road past Muthill golf course, and enjoyed the views - and anticipation - of Torlum.
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Torlum from the east

Three cars were parked at the gate but still plenty of room for mine. Sunshine, not a breath of wind, a magnificent Spanish chestnut and then a massive oak by the side of the track, larch, spruce and Scots pine, the squeaking of coal tits overhead and the shriek of a jay.
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Larch sentinels beside the track

About 800m up the track, I took the right fork and decided on the 'diretissimo ' approach up through the bracken. Ok, carried away by enthusiasm - but I must have burnt off a calorie or two! After rejoining the track, I followed the footpath to the summit.
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Looking north to Ben Chonzie

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Looking east over Drummond estate

It would have been easy to sit longer in the warm sunshine, just enjoying the estate landscape of Drummond Castle and hills beyond, but eventually I came down by the main track, heading south then east through the two gates. My opinion of the estate nose-dived when I came across what had obviously been a clay pigeon shoot - the track was littered with many plastic shotgun wads - maybe they intend to go back and pick up later? A pity really as the track is obviously well-walked and been litter-free to that point.
Overall still a most enjoyable short outing.
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Re: In praise of smaller hills : Torlum

Postby Gordie12 » Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:04 pm

Hi Jaywizz - being from Crieff I've been up Torlum several times - have to agree with you, nice little hill with good views.
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Re: In praise of smaller hills : Torlum

Postby robertphillips » Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:06 am

still to do this 1 looks a nice walk.
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Re: In praise of smaller hills : Torlum

Postby Silverhill » Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:30 pm

Another great wee walk. Am loving the autumn colours! :D
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