Walk: Ballagan Glen - 192 layers of history

Stirling | Campsie Fells | Short walk | ★★

[Ballagan Beds]

Ballagan Glen is home to a series of tremendous waterfalls, including where the Spout of Ballagan plunges 21 metres off the Campsie Fells escarpment. The gorge below displays 192 alternating shale and limestone rock strata known as the Ballagan Beds. Unfortunately this nature reserve seems reluctant to give up its secrets, so this is a walk for keen geologists or determined waterfall lovers only. Reaching a viewpoint for the Beds is straightforward enough, but paths seem to fade to nothing (although some internet sources suggest otherwise) if you attempt to reach the base of the waterfall - best seen after heavy rain. Tall ferns and leafy woodland obstruct the view, but to a lesser extent during winter or spring. The Blane Valley Inn in nearby Blanefield serves superb recovery fodder for weary souls - under new ownership for 2018 by the owners of another of our favourite gastropubs.

[Good views over Strathblane from the reserve]

📌 Walk: Ballagan Glen - 192 layers of history
▶ 2 km / 1 miles | ▲ 140 metres
Features: Ballagen Glen; Ballagan Beds; Spout of Ballagan
Start / finish: Street parking on Dunglass View, Strathblane G.R.: NS 567795 ///maddening.garden.unlimited

Route: Start - Ballagan House via A891 - reserve boundary - Ballagan Beds viewpoint - Spout of Ballagan - return by outward route (map of route from A891 to reserve boundary here)
Terrain: Busy road with no pavement, then tarmac drive up to Ballagan House. Reasonable path becomes faint after emerging from woodland. Pathless, steep and vegetated ground if you continue to waterfall - care and patience required.
Wildlife today: Buzzard over reserve; sheep and cows next to road.
Weather today: Sunny spells after overnight rain, but showers threatening. Temperature in single figures.

📌 Spout of Ballagan ★★
Half a mile north of the A891 / half a mile northeast of Strathblane, G.R.: NS 572802 ///bead.overlooks.shed
Always open | Free

Anything else? Quickest access to the waterfall is a 30-min walk (each way) by the route described above. Views are limited.

[Frustratingly the views of the Spout of Ballagan don't get much better than this, even close up]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track


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