Stretch your legs and soak in views of the Forth


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.

Parking Picnic area Walking

Life’s essentials

There are places to eat and public toilets in Alloa.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

17 October: Nature Walk, 12.30pm

Join us on another beautiful nature walk! Ranger Gordon will lead an informative guided talk on the flora and fauna of Gartmorn. Please dress according to the weather, wearing outdoor clothing and comfortable boots or shoes. Leaving from Gartmorn car park, postcode FK10 3AZ, at 12.30pm. The walk will last approximately 2 hours. Visit Eventhub to book tickets, or call 01786 474 160.

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.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

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

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700


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.

Using SatNav?

FK10 3AZ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses serve the Sauchie estate in Alloa, ¾ mile (1.2 km) from Gartmorn Dam Country Park. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

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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