Walk: King & Castle atop the Ochils
|[Castle Campbell (formerly Castle Gloom) is perched spectacularly on a rocky bluff between two gorges]|
The Ochil Hills barely reach 700 metres above sea level, but provide some of Scotland's most varied walks. This one includes dramatic gorges and waterfalls, rolling moorland summits, lush farmland, a disused railway line, a couple of towns and a picturesque castle as the icing on the cake. If that's not enough, the route passes right by Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village (leave your more retail-minded partner here?).
|[Windfarms provide the most recent addition to the landscape here, seen from near the summit of King's Seat Hill]|
Name: Walk: King & Castle atop the Ochils ★★★★☆
Length: 15 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 720 metres
Main summits: King's Seat Hill (648 metres, Donald)
Points of interest: Tillicoultry; Mill Glen; Castle Campbell; Dollar Glen; Dollar
Start / finish: Layby on A91 by the Devon Way, midway between Tillicoultry and Dollar, G.R.: NS 939974 / cycles harvest surprises
Route: Layby - Tillicoultry by Devon Way - Mill Glen - King's Seat Hill - Banks of Dollar - Castle Campbell - Dollar Glen - Dollar - start via Devon Way
Terrain: Devon Way is a tarmac cycleway. Very steep ascent out of Mill Glen with some difficult route finding, good dirt path in Dollar Glen. Faint, grassy hill paths higher up, wet in places.
Wildlife today: Just the odd wandering sheep on the hilltops
Weather today: Early morning hill fog soon gave way to sunshine. One heavy shower on approaching Dollar. Chilly breeze, about freezing at the summit. North-facing snow patches.
Name: Castle Campbell ★★★☆☆
Description: Well-preserved tower house with parts dating back to the early 1400's.
Location: Minor road north of Dollar, G.R.: NS 961993 / hunt wolves boardroom
Open (2017): Daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March
Cost (2017): £5.50 (adults), £3.30 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track