Finnich Glen (Devil's Pulpit)

Stirling | Croftamie | Gorge | ★★★★

[Finnich Glen]

Driving south on the A809 from quiet Croftamie, the road descends to cross a small bridge in woodland just beyond the junction with the B834. You've just crossed the Scottish Grand Canyon! OK, whoever coined Finnich Glen's nickname was being a bit optimistic, but only slightly - for it's here that the previously unexceptional Carnock Burn abruptly enters an 80 foot-deep gorge. Despite all its drama, Finnich Glen was little known until fairly recently, but its appearance in various films and TV series has resulted in a popularity explosion; it's now a major tourist destination but lacking any of the necessary tourist infrastructure - see below for parking info. Rough paths wend their way along the canyon edge, with several restricted views of little cascades, potholes and centuries of fallen debris at the bottom of the abyss. Eventually a notch is reached where crumbling steps lead haphazardly to the water level. Great care is requred to explore beyond the top of the steps, and wellies / waders to explore further within the gorge.

[Steps into the gorge are narrow and damaged in places - perhaps more so than when this photo was taken in 2015]

Location & info

📌 Finnich Glen (Devil's Pulpit) ★★★★
Off the A809 just south of the B834 junction, 2 mi southeast of Croftamie, G.R.: NS 494848 ///foal.adventure.crawled
Always open | Free

💬 Parking on the verge is now prohibited. There is a small car park (gets full - don't block access) at the A809 / B834 road junction at G.R.: NS 493850 ///hobby.dolphins.refer - if access to this changes, please let us know in the comments below. Walk south along the A809 (busy road with no pavement - extreme care needed) for 300 m until the road crosses the burn. From here, a narrow, path leads from the left (east) side of the road along the south rim of the gorge - a couple of fences must be climbed and there are some boggy areas. After a further 300 m, steep "steps" lead down to the base of the gorge. Hands may be required as some steps are damaged by fallen trees and erosion, though there is sometimes a rope to facilitate ascent / descent.



[The burn upstream from the road gives away none of the drama downstream unless you turn 180°]

Comments

  1. We were down the 'steps' today and they are nothing like the photo on your site. Most are tilted downhill and whole sections have collapsed into a heap. Managed down & up using the climbing ropes provided but its dangerous and unsuitable for most people.

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    1. Thanks Douglas. We hope to schedule another visit soon, once travel restrictions are lifted. In the meantime I'll update the info on the website.

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