Across The Ochils – Gleneagles to Tillicoultry
A north to south traverse of the Ochils from Gleneagles to Tillicoultry. The walk starts just south of the A9/A823 junction and passes close to several interesting monuments including the Symbol Stone and Gleneagles Castle. The route follows the old right of way and drove road up Glen Eagles and then passes the Lower Glendevon Reservoir to the Upper Glendevon Reservoir. The route then follows a narrow, trace path up the high ground to Maddy Moss between Andrew Gannel Hill and Skythorn Hill. If time and conditions allow, we will go up Andrew Gannel Hill for great views of the surrounding area. From there we follow the path down into Tillicoultry, where the walk finishes. If we arrive in good time, we can grab refreshments at the Woolpack Inn.
The route is a core path and partly follows an old right of way and drove road. It’s possible that this route inspired A. Haldane, author of The Drove Roads of Scotland, to find out more about these old routes. If the weather is good, there will be great views to the north and south. The start and finish of the walk is at a low height, but the route goes over a stretch of high open moorland. The path may be rough in places.
Walk duration - 8 hrs Route follows paths and tracks, though the path is a trace path at times on the way up towards Skythorn Hill. Quite a steep descent, on a path, down into Tillicoultry. The path may be rough in places and it crosses a number of streams. It crosses a stretch of high, open moorland which is exposed in bad weather. The area around the two Glendevon Reservoirs has seen the development of a wind farm, as well as some new tree planting on the hill side to the south of the Lower Reservoir. However, the tracks through this area are good.
For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.
3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.