Walk: On the trail of the Tyndrum sheep

Stirling | Tyndrum | Short walk | ★★★

[Looking over Strathfillan on the Sheep Trail]

Just off the busy road between Crianlarich and Tyndrum in the West Highlands is Auchtertyre Farm, where the landowners have marked out a handful of circuits exploring the local moors and glens. The Sheep Trail is probably the most interesting of these, taking in an attractive waterfall and the open hillside above, scattered with shielings and with Ben Lui looking majestic to the west in clear weather. If short for time (or lacking waterproof footwear), you could go as far as the railway viaduct and retrace your steps. Now how about those sheep? For most of the walk the closest we got to an actual sheep was the odd strand of wool snagged on branches and bushes by the path, but we eventually spotted a few on the descent. Visit after rain to see the waterfall at its best, or after a dry spell to avoid squelchy ground. Your choice...

[Allt Auchtertyre waterfall]

📌 Walk: On the trail of the Tyndrum Sheep ★★★
Car park at Auchtertyre Farm, off A82 2 mi east of Tyndrum, G.R.: NN 353290 ///paddock.graph.culling

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 190 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Allt Auchtertyre waterfall
Terrain: Good path to waterfall, then only intermittent path on open hill (with waymarkers), some wet spots. Clearer but boggier path after stile, then stony track for return.

Route & map

Car park - Allt Auchtertyre waterfall by east bank - stile at G.R.: NN 357301 - cross footbridge at G.R.: NN 360306 - start via west bank track

Route credit: Auchtertyre Farm
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On our visit

Wildlife: Dippers on Allt Auchtertyre; sheep & cows on descent route. And our first tick of the season...
Weather: Breezy and mostly cloudy with occasional spots of rain and brighter glimpses. About 10ºC.

Chronological photo guide

[Allt Auchtertyre near the start]

[Wee Brave says take care!]

[Woodland trail below the waterfall]

[Allt Auchtertyre]


[Allt Auchtertyre waterfall]

[Allt Auchtertyre]

[Approaching the viaduct on the West Highland Line]

[Rougher section of path]

[Above the West Highland Line]

[Looking over Strathfillan]

[Looking up Caol Ghleann]

[Burnside path]

[Boardwalks help with the last part of the ascent]

[Hydro scheme at the farthest point of the circuit]

[Track descent]

[Side stream]

[Stuck in the mud]

[Found them!]

[Passing back under the West Highland Line]


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