Ochils Inn to Inn – Sheriffmuir to Tormaukin
The Ochils Inn to Inn walk starts from the 17th century Sheriffmuir drover’s inn and only a few hundred metres from the site of the historic 1715 Battle of Sheriffmuir. The walk leads us to the east and Blairdenon hill (631m). From this vantage point we will be on the flat glaciated plateau of the Ochil hills and we will walk east along the top of the Ochils escarpment. Weather permitting we will enjoy spectacular views to the south of the Forth estuary from Edinburgh in the East to the Forth/Clyde watershed in the west.
The flat nature of the Ochil hill tops means that our walk will have little height change as we take in the summits of Ben Buck, Ben Cleuch and Andrew Gannel Hill. We continue our traverse west across the Ochils with panoramic views to the south before descending to the Glen Quey reservoir and finally to the walk finish and refreshments at Glendevon and the Tormaukin Inn, an 18th century drovers inn.
This is a long walk across the western Ochil hills, over open upland moor that is exposed and with ill defined paths. There are also 2/3 fences that need to be crossed with care. Walkers will need to have experience of walking distances of 15-20 kms and have some experience of walking over rough ground.
Walk duration - 7hrs. This is a long walk across the western Ochil hills, over open upland moor that is exposed and with ill defined paths. Walkers will need to have experience of walking distances of 15-20 kms and have some experience of walking over rough ground. If weather conditions do not allow a longer walk and a full day on the hills a shorter walk will be attempted - the Kings Seat (648m) starting from Tillycoultry and ending at Dollar. 9.5 km in length with a walk duration of 4 hours. The decision to undertake a revised walk will remain the decision of the walk leader on the day and will be based on an assessment of the prevailing weather conditions.
Hillwalking boots with a vibram sole or similar which provide ankle support and grip on uneven and slippery grass. Waterproof and windproof jacket and over-trousers, with insulating layers appropriate to the weather forecast, hat, gloves plus spares. Food and water for a full day on the hill. 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.