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Grand views of the Forth Valley and Stirling Castle

Garshellach

Stretch your legs at Garshellach

Just outside Stirling, this quiet conifer forest is a good place for a runner’s workout, or a walk with the dog. There are fine views of the wide Forth Valley from the top, with Stirling Castle dominating the countryside around.

Nature Walk, 17 May

A beautiful nature walk, as part of National Walking Month, led by a Forestry Commission guide, who will give an informative guided nature talk. Please prepare for the weather and wear outdoor clothing covering legs and arms, and comfortable boots or shoes. The walk will last approximately 2 hours. For more details, and to book a free place, see www.stirlingcyclehub.org/what-s-on.

1.30pm and 7.00pm, leaving from the parking area off Touch Road, near the A811 slip road (nearest postcode FK8 3LG).


Walking

Life’s essentials

There are places to eat and public toilets in Stirling, about 3 miles (4.8 km) away.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Contact: Scottish Lowlands Forest District

Address: Five Sisters House, Five Sisters Business Park, West Calder

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700

Email: scottishlowlands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

From Stirling, take the A811 towards Drymen. After about 3 ¼ miles (5.2 km), turn left onto Touch Road, signposted for Cambusbarron. The forest entrance is about ¼ mile (400 metres) along this road on the right, at grid reference NS744 937. There is parking space for about three cars.

Using SatNav?

FK8 3AG is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses between Stirling and Gargunnock run along the A811. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

Carron Valley has a range of trails in a forest that’ll give you taste of the Highlands. Larbert Woods are a peaceful wildlife haven, and Callendar Wood is full of fascinating historic features.


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