The Ochils, Tillicoultry
a devout munro bagger (that was last year I am trying to get
over it!), the idea of trekking up a hill just for a bit of
peace and some nice scenery seemed like a bit of an odd concept.
However, as part of my munro therapy, Ben Cleuch in the Ochils,
brought me back to basics with a good leg stretcher and plenty
of solitude. It was refreshing to get to the top of a hill and
not to have to share it with avid "tickers" who insist
on touching the very top stone on the cairn before they consider
the hill conquered.
hillwalk starts from Tillicoultry, lying a few miles outside
Stirling, hence there is no need to build a 2 hour car journey
into walking time. The views from the top were refreshing, with
Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin clearly visible to the NW and
to the south the winding Forth could be truly appreciated.
in the carpark at GR914975.
From the carpark follow the woodland path North which leads
up the Mill Glen.
North along the clear path that gradually changes into a grassy
track that leads up the long steady pull to the The Law (638m,
GR910997). This part of the walk is sufficient to put a burn
in the fittest of thighs so just because it's not a munro
doesn't mean it's easy.
The Law it's approximately 11/2km NW
to the summit of Ben Cleuch (721m, GR903007). At the summit
there are great views of the Forth Valley to the south and
summit mounted guide helps identify the towns to the south
and the hills to the north.
Ben Cleuch the easiest option is to return back the same way
that you came up. Alternatively it is straightforward to continue
west then SW over the summit of Ben Ever before continuing
down along the track SW.
you choose the second option, care is required at the top
of the quarry (dont be tempted to climb over the fence as
the quarry face is severe), at this point I continued along
the zig zagging grassy track that led eastwards back to the
main pathway and then down through Mill Glen to the car.
is some lovely hillwalking in the Ochils, and it's just a shame
that many tend to focus on the bigger hills that Scotland has
to offer. This area has great views and many interlinking walks
that are literally on the doorsteps of Cental Scotland. I fully
intend to get to know these hills better in the coming months...
and I'm not even going to have to book full day expeditions to
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