Get some fresh air at Gartmorn
The woodlands on the edge of Gartmorn Dam Country Park make a great extension to the popular circuit round the water. There are fine views over Clackmannanshire and the Firth of Forth, and you can watch for red squirrels scampering among the branches.
There are 3 miles (4.8 km) of gravel and earthy paths in the forest, with some short uneven sections and short moderate slopes.
There are places to eat and public toilets in Alloa.
Mountain biking trails
From industrial power house to scenic retreat
The waters of Gartmorn Dam once drove the pumps that drained coal mines in Sauchie. The dam was built in 1713 by Sir John Erskine, the 6th Earl of Mar, making it the oldest artificial reservoir in Scotland. The Earl’s investment laid the foundations for Alloa to become a major industrial town.
You can find out more about the Earl and his influential family at Alloa Tower, the family’s historic home.
How to get here
From the centre of Alloa, take the A908 towards Tillicoultry and follow signs for Gartmorn Dam Country Park. There is parking at the Visitor Centre, at grid reference NS 910 940.
FK10 3AZ is the nearest postcode.
Buses serve the Sauchie estate in Alloa, ¾ mile (1.2 km) from Gartmorn Dam Country Park. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
At Devilla you’ll find a trail that celebrates the frisky red squirrel, as well as forest lochs and mysterious traces of times past. Pendreich Forest near Bridge of Allan has some fine views, and just outside Falkirk's Callendar Wood is full of fascinating historic features.
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