This circular summer walk around Loch Leven takes in many beautiful spots including varied woods and marshland. It is particularly renowned for its birdlife. There are several opportunities for caféstops along the way!
The ruined Loch Leven Castle sits on a small island in the loch and can be visited by ferry (from Kinross pier) in the summer. Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned here in 1567. The largest island, St Serf’s, has the remains of an Augustinian Priory founded in 1150.
Loch Leven is a National Nature Reserve and the route skirts the RSPB Loch Leven Reserve which sits on its southern shore. Ospreys fish in the loch in the summer and there are also red squirrels.
The plan is to walk from Drymen along the West Highland Way through Garadbhan Forest towards Conic Hill, descending to Milton of Buchanan and returning via Buchanan Castle grounds.
The ruined country house, Buchanan Castle, was built c1852. The house replaced Mugdock Castle as the official seat of Clan Graham. Sold in 1925 it was used as a hospital during the Second World War. The roof was removed in 1954 which accelerated its deterioration.
The walk will be in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park which covers some of Scotland’s most-loved locations including Ben Lomond. Conic Hill, with a summit at at 361m, sits above Balmaha. On a good day it provides an excellent viewpoint.
This walk in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park near Aberfoyle will take in the beauty of this part of Scotland.
Aberfoyle is a gateway to the Trossachs and is well known for Rev Robert Kirk and his book “The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies”. This book was written in 1681 but not published until much later, 1861. Perhaps he should be equally remembered for an early translation of the Psalter in Gaelic (1684).
The plan is to exploresome of the forest trails to the south of the town. Aberfoyle has plentiful parking and it is from here that the walk will start. Public toilets are available near the main car park.
This 10 mile walk starts and ends at the car park in New Lanark.
The route goes south, passing the power station to the Falls of Clyde which may be quiet in the sunshine. Crossing the weir the path leads northwards along the other side of the Clyde to Kirkfieldbank.
Crossing the Clyde again and then the A72 the route meanders across Mousemill Bridge to reach the A73. Careful crossing of this busy road leads to a beautiful path up Cartland Glen, past Woodend to the Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve. Here the route turns South over some open land to the edge of Lanark. A short distance of town roads leads steeply down to the Clyde for the return walk along the river and back to the car park.