• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: June 15, 2017
  • Updated: June 16, 2017
Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 4

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 16.76 km
  • Duration 4 h 11 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 0 m
  • Climb 0 m
  • Descent 0 m

Glen Vale forms part of the Lomond Hills and is great for walkers.

This day walk takes in both the wonderful glen and the view grabbing West Lomond.

The route begins in a small car park near the village of Gateside. The route can also be started from the village itself where there are plenty of places to park and the village can be reached by bus.

This walk is graded between 3 and 4 as the return stretch involves some steep sections without paths.

Leaving the car park walk along the road a short distance and turn into the small woodland. This is the beginning of the trail which follows the Glen Burn in to Glen Vale. The trail is fairly well trodden and good underfoot.

After approximately 2km you will come across the John Knox Pulpit. This a a outcrop of grey sandstone. The site was used as a secret meeting place by Presbyterian Covenanters in the 17th century. The rock face is unstable so please do not attempt to climb it.

The route continues along the glen and begins to turn left towards West Lomond following a wall. The trail then turns right and follow the side of the hill with the Harperleas Reservoir down to your right. The route eventually meets the Eastern car park and picnic spot where many people start their walk to the top of the hill. A good spot for a rest.

Leaving the car park follow the well established path to the top of the hill. The view from the top is superb and well worth spending the time to enjoy.

From the top you can decide to return on the route you came which is easier walking, or you can take a shorter more challenging route back down into the glen.

The shorter route involves off the track walking and can be challenging for some so please be sensible about your abilities. The short route meets with the glen trail and you can then follow it back to your starting point.

This walk takes around 5 to 6 hours at a leisurely pace including stops for lunch and is a very enjoyable route for the summer.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Kaye.

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