Blairgowrie & Rattray Access Network

The Cateran Yomp passes along the Gallowbank on its way to the finish at Bogles Field, so wishing to ensure no final mishaps for the runners, BRAN decided to give the path a good makeover.

Roger Mackey had cut the grass during the week and on Friday 7th, eight volunteers assembled to carry our strimming, hedge trimming, lopping, hand shearing and any necessary litter picking. The entire length of the path was included from Newton Street to Dunkeld Road. The weather was kind and the job was completed by lunchtime.

As a bonus Wendy Mackey kindly provided refreshments before the volunteers dispersed.

Those taking part were Cyril Reid, Paul Lumley (his first outing with the group), Ian Cruickshank, Eric Grant, Roger Mackey, Alan Comrie. Kristin Barrett and Ian Richards.

The photograph shows most of the group after completing their work.

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BRAN update.


Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network (BRAN) continue to work in partnership to maintain and enhance the path network surrounding Blairgowrie and East Perthshire. Its been a busy summer for BRAN  with tasks such as grass cutting, strimming and cutting back which all helps to keep the path network open and accessible.

BRAN members recently met on 16th November to litter pick at the Riverside between Keithbank Mill and Brooklin Mill. Many more projects are planned over the winter months including the creation of a viewpoint and path improvements at the top of the Knockie path.

BRAN are always looking for new members and should you wish to come along please contact Ian Richards secretary-

BRAN River Ericht Work Party



Staff from Community Greenspace recently partnered with BRAN to help maintain and improve the steps on the popular River Ericht walk, near Blairgowrie.

Keen volunteers from BRAN  were on site to help scrape back years of mud to expose the stone below. Quarry dust was then moved from Parkhead Farm to the work site and compacted to improve the surface.

Thanks also to Ian Cruickshank, who went for a walk along the path towards Rosemount farm armed with a pair of loppers cutting back any over hanging branches and finally not forgetting our other members Eric Grant, Keith Reid and his son Alistair who went litter picking from Kitty Swanson’s Bridge to Lochlands Farm.

Should you be interested in joining BRAN. Please contact Ian Richards group secretary Ian Richards on



BRAN press report 24.02.18

Blairgowrie & Rattray Access Network (BRAN) 

Nine volunteers met in fine crisp weather on Saturday morning, 24th February. Their work consisted of cutting back intrusive broom growth in the main plus brambles and other growth that threatened to reduce path widths.

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Areas covered included the track to the immediate south of the Blairgowrie Golf Club that skirts the north side of Meikleour Wood to the east of the A93, then on into the woodland. The group split to cover most of the tracks around the Hare Myre, one of our hidden local gems. Several swans were enjoying a slide on the frozen water including a couple that made a spectacular landing.

Having completed the necessary work on that side of the main road the party made for the west side where there was more broom and bramble growth to cut back through the plantation and towards Pleahillock. Here they found a partly collapsed beech tree that had toppled across the path, the landowner had helpfully cleared a way through but more work is required.

The photo shows (from the left): Cyril Reid, Ally Donald, Dave Stanghon, Roger Mackey, Jan Seymour, Grahame Mustard, Phil Seymour and Carol MacGregor.

Anybody interested in helping BRAN with its path maintenance should contact the secretary, Ian Richards.

Latest news from BRAN!

On Saturday 21st October Bran joined forces with Blairgowrie & Rattray District Angling Association. This group of eight set about the job of clearing up the mess left by a group who had set up camp on the river bank opposite the Tesco Store a few weeks earlier. Over 20 bags of bottles and rubbish plus mattresses, beds, chairs and a bicycle had to be brought up the bank. The council are to be thanked for coordinating the removal of the collected rubbish as the volunteers completed their task. Those involved from the anglers were Grant Kelly, Dave Hogg and Jim Christie with Roger Mackey, Aly Donald, Eric Grant Brian Webster and Ian Richards from BRAN.

On the same day group members helped the Dirty Weekenders task at the Loon Braes, working in partnership with the students to successfully tidy the pond and surrounding area.

Picture below shows the rubbish moved from the riverbank and BRAN members enjoying a spot of lunch with the Dirty Weekenders.

On Saturday 27th, seven volunteers set about trimming back woody growth on the popular Gallowbank path from its junction with Newton Street through to Dunkeld Road. At the same time the grass was given its final cut of the year and nettles at the town end were strimmed.

Photo below showing the party on Saturday 27th.



Ally Donald – PFA Community Path Volunteer of the Year 2017

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PKC would like to extend our congratulations to Ally Donald from Blairgowrie And Rattray Access Network (BRAN) for winning Paths For All’s Community Path Volunteer of the Year 2017.

We are delighted for Ally, who is one of  the busiest volunteers in Perth & Kinross (if not Scotland) and makes regular appearances on this BLOG.   Ally’s willingness to get ‘stuck-in’ whatever the weather has ensured that the path network in and around Blairgowrie and Rattray remain open and usable all year round.

Use the link below Read more about Ally – and have a peak at the brilliant photo that shows some of the other members of BRAN sharing Ally’s joy at the awards ceremony on Wednesday 25th October.

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BRAN busy as ever!


BRAN Volunteer’s Eric, Jan, Ally, Phil, and Hannah.

It’s been another busy week for Blairgowrie & Rattray Access Network (BRAN). The group have continued to make a difference to the core path network in the area.

Tasks completed include litter picking in Davie Park, along the river Ericht and the Knockie Path. This was completed by group member Kristin Barrett. Grass cutting has also taken place with Ally Donald busy as ever keeping the grass cut on Cargill’s Way, Loon Braes, Whitelock to Darroch Woods and on to Ardblair Rd.

BRAN’S Saturday work party  tackled Riverside Park and Oakbank Road– grass cutting along verges and bits of land not maintained by the council, strimming where mowers couldn’t go, cutting back river bank saplings missed on the previous visit and litter picking the whole area.

Anyone interested in helping BRAN with its work should contact the secretary, Ian Richards.  01250 871122 or 07787 317022