19 May 2022.

Stirling, Walking & Hiking

Stirling probably doesn't immediately pop up on most walkers radar as a must do hiking or hill walking destination. However, this rural city is surrounded by hills, moors and woodland that present a plethora of walking opportunities. On the west of town lie Cambusbarron Woods, Touch Muir, Gargunnock Hills and the North Third. Each of these areas offers some relatively easy walking in some beautiful surroundings and all afford spectacular views of the Southern Highlands and surrounding countryside.

To the east of Stirling the Ochil Hills rise out of the Forth River flood plain forming a distinctive barrier between the central lowlands and Perthshire. The most prominent although not the biggest of these hills is Dumyat – pronounced dumb-eye-at – that sits at the western end of the Ochil’s overlooking the Wallace Monument, Stirling University and the town and castle beyond. From this rocky outcrop hill walker’s gain fabulous views of the River Forth as it winds its way south eastwards toward the famous Fourth Bridges and Edinburgh where it enters the North Sea. To the north and west the Trossachs and Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro can be seen on clear days.

Farther along the Ochils other interesting walks can be accessed from Alva and Tillicoultry. Most of the walks on offer are short, taking less than three hours to complete. However, it is possible to devise your own walks and make them as long as you like. A popular practice is to combine several hilltops within the route to generate larger and longer lasting circular walks.

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