Walk: Ben Cleuch & the long arm of The Law

Clackmannanshire | Ochil Hills | Half day walk | ★★★

[Ben Cleuch summit]

Ben Cleuch's shelter cairn and trig pillar mark the highest point of the Ochil Hills: a chain of grassy summits stretching east from Stirling towards eastern Fife. Only a few wind turbines spoil magnificent views north into the Central Highlands - oh, and the thick haze on our visit! The most direct (and probably most scenic) ascent is from the south, up a long ridge to the minor summit of The Law, preceded by the eyebrow-raising drama of Mill Glen. Returning over Ben Ever forms a satisfying horseshoe route around Daiglen Burn, with a network of paths and tracks taking you back into Mill Glen. From here, you could follow the gorge back down for the quickest way back, but we suggest a slightly messy figure-of-8 loop for a bit more variety - see the route map below.

[Fantastic views over southern Clackmannanshire from the descent]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Ben Cleuch & the long arm of The Law ★★★
Start / finish on Upper Mill Street, 0.5 mi north of Tillicoultry town centre, G.R.: NS 914974 ///scary.climbing.trifling
🚌 Bus to Tillicoultry | 🚗 Street parking

▶ 10 km / 6 mi | ▲ 770 m | ⌚ Half a day
Features: Mill Glen ★★★★; △ The Law (638 m); △ Ben Cleuch (721 m, Graham / Donald); △ Ben Ever (622 m)
Tough | Paths throughout: grassy on hilltops, earth in the glens. A few steep or rocky sections on ascent and descent, perhaps needing the odd hand to exit Mill Glen.

Route: Start - path junction at head of Mill Glen, G.R.: NS 912982 - The Law - Ben Cleuch - Ben Ever - track at G.R.: NS 907982 - quarry boundary at G.R.: NS 911978 - zig-zag back to path junction at head of Mill Glen (involves repeating a short part of the outward route) - start via path above east side of glen

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On our visit

Wildlife: Bird of prey circling over The Law; widely-scattered sheep.
Weather: Sunny and clear air on the tops, quite hazy at low levels. Moderate breeze and just above freezing at the summit; snow patches and some frozen ground above about 500 m.

Chronological photo guide

[Mill Glen - for more pics, see our separate walk page]

[Rough Knowles (left) & Daiglen Burn, seen from the ascent out of Mill Glen]

[Grassy slopes higher up on The Law's south ridge]

[Ben Ever beyond Daiglen Burn]

[View back to Tillicoultry and the Forth Valley from The Law]

[Approaching the summit of The Law]

[Snow wreaths on Ben Ever's south ridge]

[Looking east across the Ochils from The Law]

[The route ahead from The Law to Ben Cleuch] 

[We're on the fence about this one]

[Final approach to Ben Cleuch]

[View south from Ben Cleuch summit]

[Ben Cleuch summit area]

[Ben Cleuch summit]

[View ahead to Ben Ever]

[A few snow patches left over from earlier in the month]

[Ben Ever's paltry summit cairn]

[View southeast from Ben Ever, showing the route ahead]

[Forth Valley and The Nebit (centre right)]

[Fantastic views over southern Clackmannanshire from the descent]

[Crags on descent]

[Descending back towards Mill Glen]

[Path up to The Law (central ridge) seen from the descent]

[Descent views]

[A cairn marks the point at which to leave the track for the path back into Mill Glen]

[Heading back into Mill Glen]

[Ascending The Law starts with a slight scramble out of Mill Glen (centre), seen from the return path]

[View from the final descent, east of Mill Glen]


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