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Mini Scottish Highlands at Glendevon

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Glendevon

A short hop by car or 30 minute walk from Baldiesburn could find you in Glendevon picturesquely nestling in the Ochil Hills in neighbouring Perthshire. This gorgeous wee mini-Highland glen offers breathtaking views northward to the famous Gleneagles Hotel and the mountains around Loch Earn. It is bounded to the south by Muckhart and gets its name from the river Devon which flows through its heart.

One popular walking option is the Cadger’s Way, the ancient right of way through the Ochil Hills from Auchterarder to Glendevon used by travelling packmen (cadgers) hundreds of years ago. The walk starts in Abbey Road, near the centre of Auchterarder, and follows a minor country road across the A9 and then under the railway line before climbing upwards on a fairly steep gradient to reach Cloan, Upper Cloan and Coulshill. Take a moment here to look back on the panoramic views north and westwards. At Coulshill the right of way begins and follows a distinct track up through the Ochil Hills to the hill pass known as the Cadger’s Yett.

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This spot is named after the cadgers who regularly used the route to transport goods and cattle, and more recently inspired Baldiesburn’s own logo. `Yett` is an old Scots word for a gate. This is the highest part of the path and from here the route descends through Borland Glen to Glendevon, passing the former SYHA Youth Hostel. Return by the same route or, for a much longer walk, link to the old drovers’ road connecting Glendevon to Dollar as described below.

The old drovers’ road connecting Glendevon to Dollar can be combined with the Cadger’s Way described above or walked in its own right as a good `there and back` day walk. In the middle of Glendevon village, just south of the former youth hostel, a right of way sign indicates the start of this part of the route – across the river and then on up the hill past Glen Quey reservoir. The way ahead is straightforward and takes the walker through a narrow pass and downward, through woodland, into Dollar Glen. Fifteenth century Castle Campbell is situated at the end of the walk – also known as `The Castle of Gloom` and once a lowland stronghold of Clan Campbell.

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Visitors can choose from a number of straightforward walks on good paths close to the five reservoirs located in the area. The car park and picnic area in Glen Sherup makes a good starting point. At the southern end lies Castlehill Reservoir which provides the water supply for Fife. There is good parking and a pleasant, grassy area, perfect for relaxing on a warm summer’s day. Glenquey Reservoir is close by and the two can be linked by a short walk.

At the heart of the glen you’ll find Glensherup Fishery with its brown and rainbow trout fishing, and the two manmade lochs known as the Frandy Reservoirs. These were constructed by German prisoners of war in the First World War to supply water to the towns of Dunfermline and Rosyth.

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