Walk: Lade Inn & Leny - raw power of the Garbh Uisge

Stirling | Trossachs | Half day walk | ★★★

[Falls of Leny in full spate]

Just downstream of Loch Lubnaig the Garbh Uisge (Rough Water) cuts a deep defile between Ben Ledi and Meall Biorach. Here are the Falls of Leny - less a waterfall than a powerful set of rapids, focussed around where foaming waters are forced either side of a huge, tree-covered boulder. The old Callander to Oban railway bed provides a flat outward option, but rougher paths follow the river bank more loyally if not flooded, and you need to divert onto these at some stage to see the rapids - hopefully in spate. Wider views of this part of the Trossachs open up on the higher return to the start, with the Lade Inn just around the corner serving good food.

[Ben Ledi with a dusting of new snow on the return]

📌 Walk: Lady Inn & Leny - raw power of the Garbh Uisge ★★★
Start / finish at car park on east side of the A821 across the river from Kilmahog, G.R.: NN 608081 ///sides.theory.otters. Alternative start point 2 mi into the route at the Ben Ledi car park (gets full), off the A84 2 mi west of Kilmahog, G.R.: NN 587090 ///walls.weeks.rising.

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 220 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Falls of Leny
Terrain: Either a disused railway line or rough riverside path for outward route, with rough paths to view the falls. Steep path ascent beyond, with good track for return. Bog is rare, and avoidable.

Route & map

Car park - Falls of Leny - Ben Ledi car park - track junction at G.R.: NN 580093 - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Two large birds of prey circling above Ben Ledi.
Weather: Sunshine with light showers at start and near finish creating beautiful rainbows. Moderate winds and about 5°C with fresh snow on hills.

Also on this walk

📌 Falls of Leny ★★★
On the Garbh Uisge, next to the A84 1 mi west of Kilmahog, G.R.: NN 593088 ///gown.vans.claps
Always open | Free

💬 If just visiting the falls, quickest access is by parking at the Ben Ledi car park (gets full), off the A84 2 mi west of Kilmahog, G.R.: NN 587090 ///walls.weeks.rising. From here it's a 15-min walk (each way) to near the falls on a level track (using part of the walk route described above, but in reverse), with a rough path to view the falls. Direct access from the main road along the north bank is now overgrown.

[The higher return has good views towards Loch Lubnaig]


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