Walk: Downie's Loup waterfall - or is it?

Stirling | Gargunnock Hills | Short walk | ★★★★

[Downie's Loup - the upper fall]

This climb up to the Gargunnock Hills escarpment has "pub walk!" written all over it. The Gargunnock Inn serves excellent food and access to Downie's Loup waterfall is straightforward from here. Except wait a minute - Ordnance Survey maps seem to imply that the named waterfall is lower down in thick, pathless forest. This route actually leads to the more visible, higher fall, complete with a narrow cave on its eastern side which is worth exploring. This waterfall is probably not Downie's Loup then, but more suitable for an afternoon stroll unless you've brought serious bushwhacking equipment.

[The access track offers good views towards the Central Highlands]

📌 Walk: Downie's Loup waterfall - or is it? ★★★★
Start / finish at Gargunnock Inn (street parking), Main Street, Gargunnock, G.R.: NS 705944 ///landscape.magnets.promises

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 180 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Downie's Loup / unnamed waterfall on Gargunnock Burn
Terrain: Track from Gargunnock to disused quarry, steepening higher up. Faint, boggy and rocky path beyond quarry. The best full view of the waterfall is from the opposite bank, but crossing the burn may be dangerous in spate.

Route & map

Start & Gargunnock - east end of village - reservoir near Dinnin Wood - disused quarry - waterfall - return by outward route

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Bees enjoying the numerous foxgloves which line the track. Plenty of sheep.
Weather: Sunny intervals, more extensive later on, with temperatures in the mid-teens. Dry after rain earlier in the day.

[Downie's Loup upper fall - view from the opposite bank]


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