Walk: On the trail of the Tyndrum sheep
|[Looking over Strathfillan on the Sheep Trail]|
Just off the busy road between Crianlarich and Tyndrum in the West Highlands is Auchtertyre Farm, where the landowners have marked out a handful of circuits exploring the local moors and glens. The Sheep Trail is probably the most interesting of these, taking in an attractive waterfall and the open hillside above, scattered with shielings and with Ben Lui looking majestic to the west in clear weather. If short for time (or lacking waterproof footwear), you could go as far as the railway viaduct and retrace your steps. Now how about those sheep? For most of the walk the closest we got to an actual sheep was the odd strand of wool snagged on branches and bushes by the path, but we eventually spotted a few on the descent. Visit after rain to see the waterfall at its best, or after a dry spell to avoid squelchy ground. Your choice...
|[Allt Auchtertyre waterfall]|
Name: Walk: On the trail of the Tyndrum Sheep ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 190 metres
Points of interest: Allt Auchtertyre waterfall
Start / finish: Car park at Auchtertyre Farm, off A82 2 miles east of Tyndrum, G.R.: NN 353290 ///paddock.graph.culling
Route: Car park - Allt Auchtertyre waterfall by east bank - stile at G.R.: NN 357301 - cross footbridge at G.R.: NN 360306 - start via west bank track
Terrain: Good path to waterfall, then only intermittent path on open hill (with waymarkers), some wet spots. Clearer but boggier path after stile, then stony track for return.
Wildlife today: Dippers on the Allt Auchtertyre; sheep and cows on descent route. And our first tick of the season...
Weather today: Breezy and mostly cloudy with occasional spots of rain and brighter glimpses. About 10ºC.
|[Boardwalks help with the last part of the ascent]|
Route credit: Auchtertyre Farm
|[Allt Auchtertyre near the start]|
|[Wee Brave says take care!]|
|[Woodland trail below the waterfall]|
|[Approaching the viaduct on the West Highland Line]|
|[Rougher section of path]|
|[Above the West Highland Line]|
|[Looking up Caol Ghleann]|
|[Hydro scheme at the farthest point of the circuit]|
|[Stuck in the mud]|
|[Passing back under the West Highland Line]|