Walk: King & Castle atop the Ochils

Clackmannanshire | Ochil Hills | Full day walk | ★★★★

[Castle Campbell (formerly Castle Gloom) is perched spectacularly on a rocky bluff between two gorges]

The Ochil Hills barely reach 700 metres above sea level, but provide some of Scotland's most varied walks. This one includes dramatic gorges and waterfalls, rolling moorland summits, lush farmland, a disused railway line, a couple of towns and a picturesque castle as the icing on the cake. If that's not enough, the route passes right by Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village (leave your more retail-minded partner here?).

[Windfarms provide the most recent addition to the landscape here, seen from near the summit of King's Seat Hill]

📌 Walk: King & Castle atop the Ochils ★★★★
Start / finish at layby on A91 by the Devon Way, midway between Tillicoultry and Dollar, G.R.: NS 939974 ///cycles.harvest.surprises

▶ 15 km / 9 mi | ▲ 720 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: Tillicoultry; △ King's Seat Hill (648 m, Donald); Castle Campbell; Dollar Glen; Dollar
Terrain: Devon Way is a tarmac cycleway. Very steep ascent above side of Mill Glen with some difficult route finding; good dirt path in Dollar Glen. Faint, grassy hill paths higher up, wet in places.

Route & map

Layby - Tillicoultry by Devon Way - path to east of Mill Glen - King's Seat Hill - Banks of Dollar - Castle Campbell - Dollar Glen - Dollar - start via Devon Way

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Just the odd wandering sheep on the hilltops
Weather: Early morning hill fog soon gave way to sunshine. One heavy shower on approaching Dollar. Chilly breeze, about freezing at the summit. North-facing snow patches.

Also on this walk

📌 Castle Campbell ★★★
💬 The Queen's official residence in Scotland, with an imposing facade and grand State Apartments.
Well-preserved tower house with parts dating back to the early 1400s.
End of Castle Road, 1 mi north of Dollar, G.R.: NS 961993 ///hunt.wolves.boardroom
Open daily, April to September; Saturday to Wednesday, October to March (pre-Covid) | £6 adult / £3.60 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

[Castle Campbell]


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