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Glen Devon Woodlands

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.

Orchid JG
Common spotted orchid,
Photo: James Gilmour/WTML

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

Only a 30 minute drive from Stirling, Perth & Dunfermline, Glen Devon Woodlands is a place of peace and beauty. A perfect escape, less frequented than many other parts of Scotland’s countryside. It’s also a walker’s paradise offering a variety of trails to suit all abilities, from the easy 2km Castlehill Lower Loop walk to the more challenging 14km Reservoirs Trail, plus plenty of informal routes linking peaks across the Ochil Hills.

Whether it’s a thirty-minute stroll or a five-hour hike, Glen Devon offers a range of walking routes to suit everyone – from the easy 2km Castlehill Lower Loop walk to the more challenging 14km Reservoirs Trail. Just follow one of the coloured way-marked routes.

Download the Glen Devon Woodlands site leaflet (PDF 5.48 MB) for a map showing the following trails:

  • Castlehill Lower Loop (2km, 1.25 miles) – Follow the tarmac path from Castlehill Reservoir then break off onto a grass path that covers part of the old drove road. Have a rest at the picnic bench at the top to enjoy the views.
  • Muckhart Loop (3.5km, 2.25 miles) – From Muckhart Nature Park follow part of the Reservoirs Trail before breaking off to head uphill for some fantastic views of Lomond Hills, Cleish Hills and Muckhart Village.
  • Castlehill Upper Loop (6.5km, 4 miles) – Follow the tarmac path until breaking off on to the forest track and grass paths. Enjoy spectacular views over Castlehill Reservoir before dropping back down to the old drove road. A perfectly placed picnic bench gives a welcome spot to rest your legs.
  • Ben Shee Loop (6.5km, 4 miles) – Start from a shared car park with the Forestry Commissionand walk up the forest track and across the dam. From here loop around Ben Shee either direction. The route to the summit is way marked and from here enjoy fantastic views to the north and and north west over Strathern, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin.
  • Reservoir Trail (14km, 8.7 miles one way) – This long distance linear walk covers mixed ground and part of the old drove road. It is a fine way to discover all three of Glen Devon woodlands; Geordie’s Wood, Glen Quey and Glen Sherup.

The Glen Sherup car park and picnic area makes an easy starting point for a walk. There’s also good parking and a pleasant grassy area for relaxing at Castlehill Reservoir – the water supply for Fife. Castlehill, Glenquey and Glen Sherup Reservoirs are all linked by the waymarked Reservoirs Trail which can be extended for the more adventurous walker, to include 2 more reservoirs at Frandy (the Lower and Upper Glendevon Reservoirs).

Those looking for refreshments before or after their walk won’t be disappointed. Choose from 18th century drover’s inn The Tormaukin Hotel in Glendevon, family owned pub The Inn at Muckhart, popular home baking stop Monas Coffee Shop, also in Muckhart or the seriously sumptuous Gleneagles Hotel (north along A823).

Glen Devon Woodlands’ most westerly point is 4km (2.5 miles) east of Dollar, close to Pool of Muckhart village; and its northern end is 9km (5.6 miles)south of Auchterarder.

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 here 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.