We had a great time at our Dawn to Dusk Festival

- here's what we did!


For photos of our fun day out click HERE


For more information or email info@ourrannoch.co.uk



Carie Woods, Rannoch

Sunday 7th May 2017 from 6.30am till 6.30pm

A one-day event to celebrate Rannoch’s Outdoor Space




Our Dawn to Dusk Walks


Walking in Rannoch is always a joy, the different seasons, weathers and wild life. Why not come and join us on some of the trail marked paths at the Forestry Commission site at Carie? Stout shoes and warm coats should be worn. Well-behaved dogs on leads can come too (except for the Dawn Chorus walk)


06:30 - 07:30 Dawn Chorus Walk (moderate walk)

Greet the day with short early morning walk and listen to the birds as they wake up. Richard Paul, a local expert, will help to identify their calls. Sorry no dogs on this walk . Follow your walk with a hot breakfast and see what else we have to offer at the Festival. Transport from Kinloch Rannoch must be booked by 12 noon Saturday for this walk with Anne Brown on 0777 1778 533 anne1_b@btinternet.com


10:30 - 12:30 Explore our woods 1 (moderate walk)

This walk will explore one of the longer routes at Carie along forestry paths and tracks with a section on slightly rougher ground through the trees. It is approximately 5 miles with 640ft of ascent. Suitable for anyone with a moderate level of fitness and you will be back in time for hot soup lunch. Led by two local experts Richard Paul and Richard Legate, who can tell you about the natural history of the area including red squirrels, red deer and pine martin.


11:30 - 12:30 Gentle meander (all abilities easy walk)

This walk has been specially chosen to suit all abilities and is on low-level paths. Elspeth Paul and Bid Strachan from Perth and Kinross Country Side Trust will lead the walk at a pace to suit all participants. Baby Strollers, wheelchair users and mobility scooters will all be welcome. The walk leaders are experienced country lovers so will be able to entertain and explain the ways of the forest to young and old. You will be back to the beginning in time for a hot soup lunch.


11:30 - 12:30 and 14.30- 15.30 Geocaching – hunt for treasure

Geocaching is an outdoor activity for all ages where the participants use GPS and Smart Phone apps to locate hidden “treasure” boxes, which contain trading items such as small toys, key rings or “travel bugs.” It is a worldwide activity and is proving highly popular in Highland Perthshire. Steve Roworth looks after about 30 geocaches around Rannoch and is happy to show you how it all works. You can check out the website and login for free before you come. www.geocaching.org or ask Steve what to do at the festival.


14:30 - 15:30 Scampering red squirrels and woodland creatures (easy walk)

An interesting short trail (1/2 mile) through the Douglas firs, Norway spruce and oak trees along the busy Carie Burn. In May, Red Squirrels are foraging for their young and Jeannie Grant, a member of Perth and Kinross Red Squirrel Group, knows where they might be seen. There's plenty to see and do on this short trail and is well suited for all ages. The trees on this path are full of the red squirrel's favourite seed sources and Jeannie can tell you many squirrelly secrets as you discover more about these fabulous acrobatic mammals. Uneven gravel surface with some narrow, rocky and grassy sections, it is suitable for robust baby strollers and mobility scooters.


15:30 - 17:30 Explore our woods 2 (moderate walk)

Forestry Commission’s Peter Fullarton will lead a moderate walk on paths through the forest looking at the trees and their inhabitants but also covering the history of the forest and its people. He is keen to talk about any forest topic you care to ask so, if you have questions about our woods, this is the walk for you! Suitable for all ages with a moderate level of fitness


Lots to do at the Dawn to Dusk Basecamp


Don’t want to walk far? There’s still plenty to do around the Dawn to Dusk Basecamp.


Camp Kitchen

The kettle will be on all day for warm cups of tea or coffee with hot chocolate for the children. We’ll have a hot soup lunch, cakes and snacks during the afternoon and a BBQ at the end of the afternoon. Relax in one of the tents or in the sunshine (we’re hopeful) and simply chat to friends and neighbours.


Kids Kraft Korner

We will have a tent full of woodland themed craft activities for young children and those young at heart.


Bugs & Beasties, come and see what we found!

Bid Strachan of Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust will be helping the young at heart to hunt for bugs and beasties around the small burns at the Dawn to Dusk Basecamp as well as encouraging some woodland den building. A tiny stream but what shows up with a bit of dabbling? What dropped from the trees? Did anything fall into our insect trap?


Self-Guided Trail

Want to walk on your own with your children and follow our Woodland Trail activity sheet? Pick one up from the Kraft Korner Tent or Bugs & Beasties Gazebo. If you borrow a clipboard or crayons for woodland rubbings don’t forget to bring them back for someone else to use.


Rannoch’s Living Woodland Library

“Living Woodland Library” books will be available at the Dawn to Dusk Festival. Just like real books, you can choose from a range of titles and take out a book. Our books however are real people and instead of reading you have a real conversation with them. Rather than scrolling through the pages looking for the info you need you can get straight to the point and just ask!


Meet some of our Living Woodland Library books. Read their stories and find the right book for you.


Woodland Poetry Performance

Creating a magical and mysterious atmosphere, Petra Vergunst, who is a poet and community artist, will perform her poem ‘Embrace’ as she walks through the woods. Why not join her?


Want to help grow Rannoch’s Future?

Sign up to the Rannoch Community Trust and help yourself to a surprise free plant.



Take the bus to the Dawn to Dusk Festival


Why not use the free shuttle bus service operating between Kinloch Rannoch and Carie Woods on Sunday 7th May to get you to and from the Dawn to Dusk Festival?


Buses will leave the Village Square at the following times:


10.00am (Walk: Explore our Woods starts at 10.30am)

11.00am (Walk: Gentle Meander and Geocaching start at 11.30am)

Midday (lunch from 12.30pm)


2.00pm (Walk: Red Squirrels and Geocaching start at 2.30pm)

3.00pm (Walk: Explore our Woods starts at 3.30pm)

4.00pm (BBQ from 4.30pm)



The bus will also stop at the west end gate of the Weller Poley Park (playground end) where there is additional parking.


There will be return shuttles from Carie back to the village from 10.30am (and hourly on the half hour) until 7.30pm.


If you live in the village and need some extra help, please contact Anne Brown on 07771778533 (anne1_b@btinternet.com) to arrange a pick up from your home.


For those wishing to join the Dawn Chorus Walk (starting at 6.30am), an outward and return bus will operate only if pre-booked with Anne Brown by midday on Saturday 6th May







Walks & Activities Disclaimer


1.Welcome and leader introduction

2.Brief Description of route / activity


3.Advice about hazards to expect


4.Overview of Disclaimer

•You and your family participate in this walk or activity at your own risk.

•You are responsible for your own safety.

•If, you are finding the walk or activity difficult in any way or are feeling unwell please tell one of the leaders.

•Please don't leave the walk without telling us.


5.Other advice

•Wear sensible shoes and warm clothes

•Only well behaved dogs on leads will be allowed.

•Ticks and Lyme Disease: After playing or walking in undergrowth or long grass check for small spider-like creatures on yourself and dogs. Remove carefully with tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Do not squeeze. Tick removal tools are available in the Country Store on line or at the vets. Follow the instructions.

•Photographs might be taken during activities to be used in future publicity. Please advise a camp leader (orange tshirt) and sign a form should you not wish to be included.