Category Archives: Stirlingshire

Loch Katrine Circuit

SS Sir Walter Scott

SS Sir Walter Scott

This easy walk (and cycle for those, suitably afflicted) is a great day out in the Trossachs. It also helps that the first third is on board a lovely old steam ship who isn’t coy about letting you look at her shiny engine: yes, the SS Sir Walter Scott. And it helps to pick a calm day, as we did, so that the reflections of the woods and hills in the water is stunning. Continue reading

Drymen to Aberfoyle

Diversion on RRWThis is the first section of the Rob Roy Way (RRW) and a quick perusal of the map showed that it wouldn’t get the pulse racing as the bulk was a wander through the Queen Elizabeth Forest – so no views.  Clearly a palliative was needed: a beautiful winter’s day with a nice coating of snow seemed right, so that is what we ordered. Continue reading

Aberfoyle to Glen Ogle

Reflections in Allt a' Chip DhuibhWhile the Missus was attacking the N7 cycle route, Jazz thought we’d amuse ourselves by doing a couple of stages of the Rob Rob Way in the Callander area.  We’ve merged them into this one exciting post mainly because we are too lazy to do two separate ones – and we’ll make it look like we did it all in one logical direction to save your brain unnecessary discomfort.  So here we describe a 40+ km section from Aberfoyle to the top of Glen Ogle in the beautiful Trossachs.  The more observant of you will notice the different days because the weather was very different! Continue reading

Gargunnock Hills

Gargunnock Hills

Gargunnock Hills

I’d spotted this ridge when we took a scenic route to Stirling and thought it looked worth a visit.  I keep forgetting that I can reach this part of the country faster than parts of south Ayrshire and so usually discount it: I’ll need to work on that. It is a lovely escarpment that jumps out of the upper Forth valley and apart from a steep first hour we were promised a longish but straightforward day.  Ah, the best-laid plans of man+dog… Continue reading

Ben Cleuch and King’s Seat

Andrew Gannel Hill

I’ve always liked the bit heading north on the M80 when Stirling comes into view and you can see the Ochils rising dramatically from the Forth valley. Today was our first time walking in these hills and it was tough.  We did have a couple of clues. The first is the “rising dramatically” bit in the first sentence: we’d have to climb dramatically.  The second was the map: our friends at the Ordnance Survey clearly couldn’t fit all the contour lines together so just used a big brown crayon to colour things in. Continue reading

Beinn Bhreac, Lomondside

Islands on Loch Lomond

For a change Jazz and I headed north. With the major roads and motorway it is easier and faster to get into the Southern Highlands than getting to some places in South Ayrshire. This was our first trip up to the west side of Loch Lomond since it became a National Park. I had planned on re-doing a walk around Glen Luss that Cathy and I did in 1988 but the drive up the glen made us feel very unwelcome with “No parking”, “No dogs”, “No walkers” signs. Great pity that this lovely glen is full of such unfriendly people. So we headed to the next glen up: Glen Douglas. Continue reading