This is a relatively easy half-day hillwalk, to the highest of the Ochil Hills. These are the grassy rounded hills that rise up steeply from the Forth Valley, providing a striking backdrop to the west of Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument for those travelling by rail or road from Glasgow to Perth. They provide a rewarding hiking trip, especially from the Hillfoots towns of Clackmannanshire. There are no significant difficulties on the walk, and this is one of the driest parts of Scotland so there’s a good chance of a clear view – sometimes made more spectacular by morning mist in the valley below.
- The most memorable aspect of this walk, was seeing Frances climbing a big hill for the first time
- The best moments were the dramatic views over the Forth valley
- The worst part of the walk, was the strong gusty wind on top
- The funniest moment was when Frances started doing some cartwheels after she’d conquered the summit
- A word of warning – take care on the grassy descent – these hills have steep faces down to the south.
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Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne
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Heading down towards Alva
||Ochil Hills, from Tillicoultry or Alva, near Stirling
|When it was walked
|| 3 July 2005
|| Easy hill and country walk (with some strenuous climbing and steep descent)
|| Suitable for anyone of moderate fitness with sturdy footwear.
|| 8 miles (13 km) approx
|Time taken approx
|| 4 hours with plenty of breaks
|Map used if any
|| Ordnance Survey 1.50,000 Landranger map, sheet 58
|Source of info on walk
|| Already known
|| Car from Dundee.
|Places to stay
|| A number of hotels and guest houses in Stirling and the local towns
|Places to eat/ buy food
Shops, cafes and pubs in Tillicoultry and Alva, and the Woolpack Inn at Tillicoultry for a pint afterwards.