Walk: Downie's Loup waterfall - or is it?
|[Downie's Loup - the upper fall]|
This climb up to the Gargunnock Hills escarpment has "pub walk!" written all over it. The Gargunnock Inn serves excellent food and access to Downie's Loup waterfall is straightforward from here. Except wait a minute - Ordnance Survey maps seem to imply that the named waterfall is lower down in thick, pathless forest. This route actually leads to the more visible, higher fall, complete with a narrow cave on its eastern side which is worth exploring. This waterfall is probably not Downie's Loup then, but more suitable for an afternoon stroll unless you've brought serious bushwhacking equipment.
|[The access track offers good views towards the Central Highlands]|
Name: Walk: Downie's Loup waterfall - or is it? ★★★★☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 180 metres
Points of interest: Downie's Loup / unnamed waterfall on Gargunnock Burn
Start / finish: Gargunnock Inn, Main Street, Gargunnock, G.R.: NS 705944 / landscape magnets promises
Route: Start & Gargunnock - east end of village - reservoir near Dinnin Wood - disused quarry - waterfall - return by outward route
Terrain: Track from Gargunnock to disused quarry, steepening higher up. Faint, boggy and rocky path beyond quarry.
Wildlife today: Bees enjoying the numerous foxgloves which line the track. Plenty of sheep.
Weather today: Sunny intervals, more extensive later on, with temperatures in the mid-teens. Dry after rain earlier in the day.
Anything else? The best full view of the waterfall is from the opposite bank, usually accessible by crossing the burn where the first photo is taken. This may be unsafe if the burn is in spate.
|[Downie's Loup upper fall - view from the opposite bank]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands