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Geordie's Wood is one of three separate native woodlands that make up an area known collectively as Glen Devon Woodlands. Together they stretch from Clackmannanshire to Perth and Kinross, with some of the best scenery that Scotland has to offer.

Wild, remote, beautiful and full of surprises – just a few of the ways to describe Glen Devon Woodlands though none of them quite capture the grandeur of this memorable place.

Think of vast open spaces, big skies, high hill tops and spectacular views. A place still evolving, yet with an intriguing past; home to a diverse array of specialist plants and wildlife suited to the upland conditions you’ll find here. It’s a place to find solitude if you want it, popular walking routes if you don’t and as much to see as you have the time to see it in.

Glen Devon Woodlands is the collective name for three separate native woodlands in the area – Glen Quey, Glen Sherup and Geordie’s Wood. Together they stretch from Clackmannanshire to Perth and Kinross, with some of the best scenery that Scotland has to offer.

The site extends to over 1,200 ha and comprises a range of habitats and features including rounded grassy hills, woodland, reservoirs, rivers, waterfalls and farmland. It also has three impressive peaks – Ben Shee, Innerdownie and Seamab Hill – which provide outstanding views of the Ochil Hills and beyond.

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(Photo: WTML / Niall Benvie)

Since the site was acquired in early 2,000, around 1.5 million native trees have been planted, many by volunteers from the local community. The Trust is restoring the native woodland that would have existed here centuries ago, for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Glen Devon Woodlands will provide you with as much walking as you can handle, plus beautiful scenery and a fantastic range of wildlife.

Setting

The Glen Devon sites at their southern end are adjacent to the village of Muckhart, and 4km (2.5 miles) east of the town of Dollar. At their northern end they are 9km (5.6 miles) south of the town of Auchterarder. The sites are located in hill country in the central part of the Ochils range. They are linked by the main A823 Dunfermline to Crieff road which runs through Glen Devon.

Access and walks

There are two core paths on site – the Reservoirs Trail and the Glen Quey drove road between Dollar and Glendevon. The Reservoirs Trail is the longest of the way-marked routes at a distance of 14.5km (9 miles), traversing the entire length of the property and linking to the four reservoirs adjacent to our site. Other way-marked routes range from the short circular routes on the lower parts of the site in Geordies Wood (2km/1.25miles to 6.4km/4miles) to the slightly longer 9.7km (6 mile) Ben Shee loop from the Glen Sherup car park. All walks are signposted from access points.
   
Thanks to the efforts of the Muckhart Nature Park Committee and Ochils Landscape Partnership, younger visitors can enjoy a buggy-friendly wildlife trail and pond at Muckhart Nature Park.

(Photo: WTML)

There are also many informal paths to follow, most of which are entirely unsurfaced over grass and can be muddy in parts. The property ranges from gentle low ground with easy, mainly unmarked walks, to the higher hill tops with steep and exposed ground with no formal paths. Small burns are, in general, not bridged. Path surfaces are for most of the year too soft  for horses or bicycles with the exception of the Glen Quey drove road which, when dry in summer, would be suitable for both over most of its length.

Although access from the public road is not directly onto Woodland Trust Scotland land, it is well signposted, and within a short distance you will come across our welcome signs.  For panoramic views of the Ochil Hills, a climb up Ben Shee, Innerdownie or Seamab is well worth the effort.

The weather in the Scottish hills and glens can change quickly however so ensure you are properly equipped when you go walking and inform someone of your whereabouts before you set off.

Download the Glen Devon Woodlands site leaflet (PDF 5.48 MB) for more information about this wonderful site.

Nearest amenities

Public conveniences
There are no public toilets within 8km (5 miles) of the site. However the Tormaukin Inn in Glendevon, 3km (1.9 miles) north of Muckhart has a toilet accessible to wheelchair users, as does Mona’s café and the Muckhart Inn both in Muckhart. In all cases these facilities are for those buying drinks or food.

Refreshments
Mona’s Café and the Muckhart Inn in Muckhart; and the Tormaukin Inn in Glendevon are the nearest. For other establishments, visit TripAdvisor and Welcome to Scotland websites.

Accommodation and tourist information
For advice on places to stay and to visit go to Visit Scotland.

Directions

By bus
There are several buses a day to Muckhart on the A91 from the Stirling or Kinross directions. The bus stop is opposite the café in Muckhart. During school terms there is a bus through Glen Devon between Auchterarder and Yetts o' Muckhart north and south, mornings and afternoons.

For more information visit traveline Scotland or phone on 0871 2002233.

By train
The nearest train stations are Alloa, 9km (5.6 miles) from dollar; and Glen Eagles, 12.9km (8 miles) from Dollar.

For more information visit traveline Scotland or phone on 0871 2002233.

By car
The A823 Dunfermline to Crieff road passes through Glen Devon and there are a number of points on the road where you can park. Please do not drive up the private single track roads to the Glenquey and Lower Glendevon Reservoirs.

It is possible to reach Geordie’s Wood from Pool of Muckhart. Simply park in the village and walk up the access road behind the village kirk, going past the church, or park at Castlehill Reservoir layby and follow the footpath signs.

Access to the central part of the area (Glen Quey) is available by parking in the large car park on the main A823 through Glen Devon beside Castlehill Reservoir. To the north (Glen Sherup) parking is available further on up the A823 at the joint Forestry Commission Scotland/Woodland Trust Scotland car park near the Glendevon Caravan Park. Secure rails are provided for locking bicycles.

There is also a small parking area just off the A823 at the extreme north end of the sites, just beyond the blue railings on a Scottish Water road that leads to the Lower Glendevon Reservoir.

Finger posts at all these locations direct visitors to the large array of trails on-site.

Entry into our woods is free but please donate now to help us care for them.