Walk: Grey skies at Gartmorn Dam

Clackmannanshire | Alloa | Short walk | ★★

[Gartmorn Dam]

Gartmorn Dam is Scotland's oldest reservoir, constructed in 1713 to supply water for pumps draining a nearby colliery. The waters are an important migration destination for overwintering wildfowl long accustomed to the constant patter of dogs being taken for walks around the edges. Paths on all sides enable good viewing opportunities, while the Ochil Hills are well seen from the south bank on a clear day. Even if (as on our visit) the weather gods are against you, don't despair: bring food and the ducks will be happy even if you're not.

[Much of the route passes through woodland set back slightly from the shoreline]

📌 Walk: Grey skies at Gartmorn Dam ★★
Start / finish at car park at west end of Gartmorn Dam, Gartmorn Road, half a mile east of Sauchie, Alloa, G.R.: NS 911941 ///sensual.known.doubts

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 10 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Gartmorn Dam reservoir
Terrain: Fairly wide, mostly flat paths.

Route & map

Car park - anticlockwise circuit of reservoir via Sherriffyards - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Mallards, gooseanders, tufted ducks, swans & black-headed gulls.
Weather: 1°C, calm and overcast underneath inversion gloom (despite forecast sunshine!).

[Sheep at Sheriffyards on the east side of the reservoir]

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