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Cambusbarron to Touch and Gilmour's Linn Waterfall Walk
Walks around Stirling
Leave Stirling via the Allan Park. Take the Kings Park Road, a tree lined avenue which runs alongside the park. Eventually you will come to a roundabout.
At the T-Junction on Main Street, make your way out of the village on the Touch Road. Travel about 1/3mile i.e. 750km and take the first turning on the left A. You will see a ruined house to your left and Cambusbarron Quarry on the skyline. Further on you will see a burn running alongside the road.
At the point where the road divides B. Do not take the signposted Private Road to Brooklands and Woodside. Keep to the right and follow the road up the hill. Drive carefully as there are cattle grids and sheep wandering on the road. Eventually, you see some cottages on your left and waterworks in front of you C.
Walk down, alongside the waterworks, past the old wooden scout hut. As you round the corner into a small, enclosed field D, there are old railway sleepers over a patch which can be boggy. Look over the dry stone dyke to get a great view of Stirling Castle and the Carse.
Go through the gate and you will see a track winding around to the left of the farmhouse. Follow the track and remember to close any gates behind you. The track starts to wind it's way down the hill but keep heading straight towards the trees ahead of you. Climb over or go under the fence E, then make your way into the trees.
You will see some smaller waterfalls and on the lower stretch of the burn you can get down to the water. Keep walking upstream and don't be tempted to climb down. Be very careful as the burn flows deep through the gorge and the path runs very close to the edge.
Care should be taken while descending as the bank is steep and covered in loose material. If the burn isn't flowing too fast, you can make your way across the stepping stones to explore Gilmour's Linn, a peaceful place to spend some time. This scenic waterfall has a deep cave running behind it and Bonnie Prince Charlie is reputed to have hidden here when fleeing after the Battle of Culloden.
From here, follow the route back to where you started from. If you are pushed for time and prefer a shorter walk to Gilmour's Linn, you can drive up the hill, and park on the stretch of road just before the waterworks.
Map of Touch near Stirling
A Walk out of Cambusbarron on the Touch Road and take the first turning on the left.
B Do not take the signposted Private Road to Brooklands and Woodside.Keep to the right and follow the road up the hill.
C Walk down by the waterworks, past the old wooden scout hut.
D Walk across the small, enclosed field.Follow the track round past the farmhouse.
E Follow the track part of the way, then head straight towards the trees in front of you.Climb over or go under the fence.
F Follow the path up, until you come to a row of trees rooted on an old dry stone dyke.Proceed to the right, along the line of the dyke and then carefully make your way down to waterfall
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