Great walks around Stirlingshire
Scotland is a mecca for short walks and long-distance hikes. One of the most famous is the glorious route along the West Highland Way. Stirlingshire has its fair share of hikes ranging from easy family-friendly jaunts to more challenging climbs. You may only be visiting for a single weekend but there’s always time for some outdoor activity. Here are just a handful of our favourite walks.
Dumyat is one of the lower sections of the Ochil Hills. While it is far lower than the higher peaks, Dumyat is still packed with scenic character. The fringe of the range offers incredible views over the Central Belt and into the Trossachs. This particular route is a perfect beginner’s walk. You can access the walk from Pendreich forest car park, just along from Bridge of Allan on Sherrifmuir Road.
Dollar Glen Circuit
The gorges of Dollar Glen have been explored since the Victorian era! Firstly, while the walk is moderately challenging it crosses many bridges and snakes through gorgeous oak woodlands, it includes a number of incredible viewpoints and passes the impressive Campbell Castle. In addition, this route is suitable for children, although some care must be taken in more treacherous and steep parts. The walk starts from the Dollar Museum in the centre of Dollar village. There are bus services from Stirling at regular intervals throughout the day.
King’s Seat Hill
Another Ochil Hills walk! The King’s Seat route covers one of the most visible peaks and links Tillicoultry to the village of Dollar. This is a challenging hill walk with some boggy terrain. Careshould be taken in winter as there is often deep snow. To begin the walk there is a small car park on Upper Mill Street in Tillicoultry – simply walk to the top of the street, follow the yellow arrow through a metal gate. From there you can start the beautiful zig zag track uphill.
Clackmannan and the Towers
If you’re looking for architecture on your Stirlingshire walk, then this route may appeal. This circular track links the old country town of Clackmannan with Alloa. It visits two impressive Medieval tower houses along the way. There are lovely views of the Ochils throughout the walk and hikers can enjoy some woodlands, a trickling stream and wide open flats of the Black Devon Wetland. Start your journey at the tollbooth in Clackmannan – buses from Stirling run regularly throughout the day.
Many visitors to Stirling discover just how close they are to the incredible beauty of the Trossachs and it is absolutely a trip worth taking. If we could choose only one walk in this incredible environment, it would have to be Ben Aan. It is one of the smallest hills in the Trossachs and often referred to as a mountain in miniature. However it is still a challenging hike! A short but very steep walk will take you to some of the most breathtaking views in Scotland. Finally after that dramatic mountains and deep lochs unfold far below. The starting point for this walk can be found in the Ben Aan car park off the A821 – just 25 miles from Stirling city centre.