Walk: No run-of-the-Mill Glen

[Mill Glen]

Mill Glen is probably the most dramatic of the many steep-sided gorges draining water south from the Ochil Hill summits towards the Hillfoots Villages. This is no ordinary glen: long stretches of ladder staircases and boardwalks scale increasingly craggy valley sides, with sturdy bridges high above small waterfalls. It must be an even more exciting place when the burn's in spate, but look out for rockfalls - the whole of the path through the glen was closed for years until major stabilisation works were completed by the council in 2017. A path traversing the hillside further east was the diversion route during the closure, and forms the return leg of the circuit detailed here, with sweeping views over the sudden flatness of the Clackmannanshire plains. The base of the gorge is a photographer's nightmare at most times of day, with near-vertical walls and narrow confines leading to big contrasts in sun and shade. Visit during the middle of the day for the best light.

[Head of the glen seen from the return route, with the hill path towards The Law beyond]

Name: No run-of-the-Mill Glen ★★★★☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 150 metres
Points of interest: Mill Glen
Start / finish: Street parking on Upper Mill Street, half a mile north of Tillicoultry town centre, G.R.: NS 914975 ///scary.climbing.trifling

Route: Start - top of Mill Glen via main glen path - return to start via path above east side of glen
Terrain: Clear path, narrow and rough in a few places with lots of unprotected drops. Several flights of steps.
Wildlife today: Small woodland birds, dog walkers.
Weather today: Sunny, a few degrees above freezing.

[Mill Glen]

Route credit: Walkhighlands

[Mill Burn as it reaches Tillicoultry, next to the walk start]

[Mill Burn at the start]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen quarry]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[View over Tillicoultry from the return path]

[Return path]

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