Walk: Grey skies at Gartmorn Dam
Gartmorn Dam is Scotland's oldest reservoir, constructed in 1713 to supply water for pumps draining a nearby colliery. The waters are an important migration destination for overwintering wildfowl long accustomed to the constant patter of dogs being taken for walks around the edges. Paths on all sides enable good viewing opportunities, while the Ochil Hills are well seen from the south bank on a clear day. Even if (as on our visit) the weather gods are against you, don't despair: bring food and the ducks will be happy even if you're not.
|[Much of the route passes through woodland set back slightly from the shoreline]|
Name: Walk: Grey skies at Gartmorn Dam ★★☆☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 10 metres
Points of interest: Gartmorn Dam reservoir
Start / finish: Car park at west end of the reservoir, east side of Sauchie, Alloa, G.R.: NS 911941 / sensual known doubts
Route: Anticlockwise circuit of reservoir via Sherriffyards
Terrain: Fairly wide paths, mostly flat.
Wildlife today: Mallards, gooseanders, tufted ducks, swans & black-headed gulls.
Weather today: 1C, calm and overcast underneath inversion gloom (despite forecast sunshine!).
|[Sheep at Sheriffyards on the east side of the reservoir]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands