Walk: On Bochastle Hill - iron & stone

Stirling | Trossachs | Short walk | ★★★

[Loch Venachar from Samson's Stone, Bochastle Hill]

Above the Rob Roy Way south of Kilmahog lie two hills which are small in stature but surprisingly tough to climb. The first - Bochastle Hill - features a gnarled old boulder reputedly left by strongman Samson. The second - Dunmore - is an iron age hill fort, with faint earthworks still visible around the grassy summit area once you've successfully tackled the tussocky ascent. Both hills offer excellent views over Callander and Loch Venachar considering their small size, with Ben Ledi also occasionally visible through gaps in the trees. Parts of the circuit are steep and muddy - bring decent footwear and reward yourself at the Lade Inn, around the corner from the finish.

[Looking back over Callander from the ascent of Bochastle Hill]

📌 Walk: On Bochastle Hill - iron & stone ★★★
▶ 3 km / 2 mile | ▲ 160 metres
Summits: Bochastle Hill (180 metres) | Features: Samson's Stone; Dunmore Fort
Start / finish: Car park on west side of the A821 across the river from Kilmahog, G.R.: NN 607081 ///geology.apartment.ocean

Route: Car park - Bochastle Hill & Samson's Stone - cross footbridge / boardwalk - direct ascent to Dunmore Fort - return by Rob Roy Way
Terrain: Unmade path on Bochastle Hill, sometimes muddy and steep with one very boggy area on descent. Ascent to Dunmore Fort is by a very faint, steep path through bracken. Clear but steep path for descent; return is surfaced and mostly level.
Wildlife today: Not much.
Weather today: 10°C, sunny intervals, dry, light winds.

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

Chronological photo guide

[Leaving the car park]

[Views towards Callander from the ascent of Bochastle Hill]

[Bochastle Hill summit]

[Samson's Stone & Loch Venachar]

[Ben Ledi in the distance]

[Leave the main path immediately after crossing this bridge]

[The ascent to Dunmore Fort is on a faint path through bracken]

[Loch Venachar from Dunmore Fort]

[Return along the Rob Roy Way]

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