Walk: No run-of-the-Mill Glen

Clackmannanshire | Ochil Hills | Short walk | ★★★★

[Mill Glen]

Mill Glen is probably the most dramatic of the many steep-sided gorges draining water south from the Ochil Hill summits towards the Hillfoots Villages. This is no ordinary glen: long stretches of ladder staircases and boardwalks scale increasingly craggy valley sides, with sturdy bridges high above small waterfalls. It must be an even more exciting place when the burn's in spate, but look out for rockfalls - the whole of the path through the glen was closed for years until major stabilisation works were completed by the council in 2017. A path traversing the hillside further east was the diversion route during the closure, and forms the return leg of the circuit detailed here, with sweeping views over the sudden flatness of the Clackmannanshire plains. The base of the gorge is a photographer's nightmare at most times of day, with near-vertical walls and narrow confines leading to big contrasts in sun and shade. Visit during the middle of the day for the best light.

[Head of the glen seen from the return route, with the hill path towards The Law beyond]

📌 Walk: No run-of-the-Mill Glen ★★★★
Start / finish on Upper Mill Street (street parking), half a mile north of Tillicoultry town centre, G.R.: NS 914975 ///scary.climbing.trifling

▶ 2 km / 1 mi | ▲ 150 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Mill Glen
Terrain: Clear path, narrow and rough in a few places with lots of unprotected drops. Several flights of steps.

Route & map

Start - top of Mill Glen via main glen path - return to start via path above east side of glen

Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Small woodland birds, dog walkers.
Weather: Sunny, a few degrees above freezing.

Chronological photo guide

[Mill Burn as it reaches Tillicoultry, next to the walk start]

[Mill Burn at the start]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen quarry]

[Mill Glen]

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[Mill Glen]

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[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Mill Glen]

[Head of the glen seen from the return route, with the hill path towards The Law beyond]

[View over Tillicoultry from the return path]

[Return path]

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