Walk: A Darn good walk
|[Allan Water near Bridge of Allan, reached by various short branch paths from the main route]|
Linking the two towns of Bridge of Allan and Dunblane, the Darn Road is an historic byway dating back centuries, now mostly just a scenic path. Author Robert Louis Stevenson used to frequent the route as a child, and a small cave halfway along is claimed to be his inspiration for Ben Gunn's cave in Treasure Island. The whole route is nicely varied, with mossy old lanes and paths along field boundaries contrasting with the earlier riverside stretches. Autumn colours add to the appeal at the right time of year. It's a linear walk - let the train take the strain to the start (or from the finish).
|[Ben Gunn's cave, and bench with a map from "Treasure Island"]|
Name: Walk: A Darn good walk ★★★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 80 metres
Points of interest: Bridge of Allan; Allan Water; Ben Gunn's cave; Dunblane
Start: Bridge of Allan train station, G.R.: NS 785978 / bill delays crash. N.B. this is not a circular route.
Finish: Dunblane train station, G.R.: NN 781010 / shipped safety coconuts
Transport to start: Park near the finish and take a train to the start (several times hourly at peak times). There are also buses.
Route: Start - cross Allan Water - Bridge of Allan - Blairforkie Drive - east bank of Allan Water - Ben Gunn's cave - west side of Dunblane golf course - Dunblane
Terrain: Clear paths and track, some mud.
Wildlife today: Buzzard flying low over the river; a grey heron, mallards and goosanders.
Weather today: Chilly but cloud breaking and increasingly sunny.
>> see Dunblane post for Dunblane & town sights
|[There's a delightful stretch along an old, shady track later in the walk]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)