This month we travel to Perthshire to the picturesque Glen Devon which is situated north east of Dollar.
The area has diverse habitats and features and includes grassy hills, woodlands, reservoirs and rivers. It is wild, remote and beautiful and there is the possibility of seeing ospreys, grouse and red squirrels as well as magnificent views. Perfect for a 10-mile July walk!
Castlehill Reservoir, at the south end of the glen, provides the water supply for Fife. There are other reservoirs including two, which were man-made, and known locally as the Frandy Reservoirs. These were built to supply Dunfermline and Rosyth and constructed in the First World War by German prisoners.
The walk starts in the centre of Aberfoyle and takes an anti-clockwise circular route through the surrounding forestry land.
This lovely walk, in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, passes Dounans Scottish Outdoor Education Centre before entering the forest immediately to the north of Aberfoyle. The route takes in parts of the Rob Roy Way and Achray Forest.
The footpaths are of reasonable quality throughout and the route, of about 8 miles, should provide for a very pleasant day’s walk in the great outdoors.
Starting in Eglinton Country Park the 9-mile walk passes the ruins of Eglinton Castle and follows the Lugton Water to join the River Garnock. The route follows part of the Ayrshire Coastal Path and passes the Garnock Floods Wildlife Reserve before entering an area which formed part of the dynamite factory that employed, at its peak, about 13,000 people and had its own railway station. Leaving the derelict factory site the path does a circuit of Bogside Racecourse (1808-1965), now a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and exits the SSSI through Irvine Golf Course and passes the site of the Cadgers Race Course (1793).
After navigating an urban jungle the route crosses the A78 onto a path (which can be rather wet at times) that leads back to the Country Park.