Walking in Clackmannanshire
Clackmannanshire offers lots of opportunity for exploring the great outdoors which are suitable for all ages and abilities. There are many established walks within the glens of the Ochil Hills, along the foot of the hills or within Gartmorn Dam Country Park.
Or make use of the new boardwalk and raised viewing platform within Black Devon Wetlands and view a mosaic of untouched wet grassland and wet habitats, an important area for large flocks of wintering wading birds and wildfowl.
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Alva Glen is a spectacular gorge situated above the village of Alva at the foot of the Ochil Hills. As you follow the path from the car park you reach the first of five waterfalls, the highlights of the glen, including the 23m Craighorn Fall and the Big Fall, a hidden waterfall which cascades magically into the Smugglers Cave. You can also see a number of ancient hill-terraces, known locally as ‘The Delvins’, on the slopes of the glen.
An exciting short walk exploring the dramatic Mill Glen, one of the gorges that scour the southern wall of the Ochils. There are many bridges and small waterfalls as well as the fabulous glen itself. Clear and popular path; however there are many steps, it is rough in places and there are unprotected drops.
This 12.8 mile circular route starts in Alloa (once the brewery capital of Scotland) and goes through the Hillfoots villages (the collective name for the villages along the base of the Ochil Hills).
The forest trails at Gartmorn Wood make up part of the larger Gartmorn Dam Country Park in Clackmannanshire. The wood itself dates from the 1700’s and provides riders the opportunity to experience a wild array of wildlife as well as spectacular views over the nearby Ochil Hills.
The Hillfoots Diamond Jubilee Way is 21km long and passes through the Hillfoots villages of Blairlogie, Menstrie, Alva, Tillicoultry, Dollar and Muckhart. It is designed so that it can be enjoyed end-to-end or section at a time. From the Hillfoots Diamond Jubilee Way you can divert into the various glens (Menstrie, Alva, Silver, Tillicoultry and Dollar).
Dumyat is the rocky little cub of the Ochils, far lower than the main range but packed with character. It has a superb position on the fringe of the range overlooking Stirling and the Central Belt; the views are superb. A perfect first hillwalk on a fine day.
A rougher approach to the lovely summit of Dumyat than the more popular route, however, it has good views and although steep makes a rewarding climb.
Formerly a grand 17th century house, the former lordly estate now acts as an attractive woodland park that cuts through some of Clackmannanshire’s finest scenery. The estate offers many woodland walking routes, while display boards provide information on Alva House.
The exploration of the gorges of the Dollar Glen have been popular since Victorian times. The walk crosses many bridges, viewpoints and the impressive Castle Campbell and is a good walk to interest children although care should be taken in many places.
Black Devon Wetlands is a mosaic of untouched wet grassland and wetland habitat including freshwater pools, brackish pools and reedbeds. The reserve is set back from the Inner Forth and forms an important area for large flocks of wintering wading birds and wildfowl.