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Carron Valley

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Latest forest information

  • Our mountain bike trails have reopened - we still have a small section closed at the start of Pipedream, for your safety please follow all on site signage and diversions. 
  • From October 2023 - March 2024 the section of forest road highlighted on this map will be closed to allow for tree felling in the area. For your safety, please follow all on site signage. There will be a signed diversion along the Loch Shore Trail whilst the forest road is closed.

Open water

  • This destination contains areas of open water which can be hazardous if you are not suitably prepared. Follow our water safety advice and take care.

About

A landscape rich in wildlife and history

Enjoy an easy waterside stroll or family cycle ride, a blast through the forest by mountain bike or tackle the distinctive peak of the Meikle Bin for panoramic views over central Scotland.

These woods are alive with wildlife and history – discover standing stones, old drove roads and a reconstructed Iron Age fort, spot red squirrels and crossbills in the trees and watch for ospreys and waterbirds from the lochside hide.

Walking trails

Carron Valley route card (PDF)

Walking

Loch Shore Trail

A scenic trail alongside Carron Valley Reservoir with play features, picnic spots and some wonderful views. Ideal for a family stroll or cycle ride.

Firm gravel surface throughout, with some loose and uneven sections. Several short fairly steep slopes with plenty of resting places. Includes a section of boardwalk. Parts may be slightly muddy.

Moderate trail grade icon
2 ¾ miles / 4.5 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

This popular trail blends sheltered waymarked woodland paths with safe children’s play features and spectacular views over the reservoir. There are plenty of places to sit, stop for a picnic and spot wildlife along the way.

Use the Fieldfare Trust’s Carron Valley phototrail for detailed information on access along this family-friendly route.

Mountain biking trails

Carron Valley mountain biking route card (PDF)

Mountain Biking

The Red Route

Grade – Red: Difficult 5 miles / 8.0 km
Red: Difficult

Singletrack heaven and packed with variety. Remember to catch your breath at the top and admire the stunning views before the great Eas Dubh (Black Waterfall) descent and sweeping Cannonball Run.  

Up for an airy finish? The Runway is a fast flowing freeride descent, packed with features: berms, jumps, stone drop-offs and table-tops. 

A trail notice is in effect

Please note a small section at the start of Pipedream is still closed, for your safety please follow all on site signage and diversions. 

Activities

Mountain biking

Fast, fun and purpose-built for year round use – the Carron Valley mountain bike trails are guaranteed to bring you back for more. There’s 5 miles of red-grade trail here.

Fishing

Carron Valley reservoir is one of the most scenic trout fisheries in Scotland. Contact Carron Valley Fishery to buy permits for bank and boat fishing.

Meikle Bin hill walk

The distinctive peak of Meikle Bin looms above the forest. It’s a steep climb up through the woods and onto the open hill to reach the summit, but if you’re fit and prepared, well worth it for the views. For the quickest way onto the hill, park at the western end of the reservoir. Be aware that the route is not waymarked, so you need to take a map and know how to use it.

Duncarron Medieval Village

Duncarron Medieval Village is an open air museum established by CEO Charlie Allan and run by the dedicated volunteers of the Clanranald. It showcases Scotland’s vast history, and is used for educational and public visits, as well as a popular filming location. Most recently it was used in Starz’s Outlander Season 7.  Join one of their monthly events or tours for a fully immersive experience in the heart of Scotland. 

Tickets: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/duncarronmedievalvillage 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Duncarron 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/duncarron.medieval.village

Learn more about water safety around the reservoir

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

Car parking information

Payment options: coin or RingGo

The charges to park at Carron Valley are:

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £4 for all day
  • £14 for minibus or coach all day 

Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.

Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol. 

Annual parking pass available:

Available in advance by downloading the relevant application form and emailing to the Regional Office. Please read our Annual Pass terms and conditions before applying.

Central Belt Car Park Pass - £40 per car and £100 per mini-bus or coach
FLS National Car Park Pass - £100 per car and £150 per mini bus or coach

Valid at all Forestry and Land Scotland car parks except Tentsmuir.

FLS National Pass application form

 

More parking info

Getting here

Carron Valley is on the south side of the B818 between Denny and Fintry. The main car park is at the east end of Carron Valley Reservoir.

There is also a small parking area at Meikle Bin at the west end of the reservoir.

Using SatNav?

FK6 5JL is the nearest postcode for the main car park.

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Get in touch

Have a question or suggestion for improvement?

Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 1)
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Nearby forests

Cones on a twig

Begin your walk up the distinctive peak of Meikle Bin

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Mountain access
Mountain access
Distance from 'Carron Valley': 2.19 miles
Child holding fir tree twig

Wildflower meadows, open woodland and a Roman frontier

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Carron Valley': 4.40 miles
Man, wearing sunglasses, leaning against tree, Larbert Woods in grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert

An oasis of calm in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Distance from 'Carron Valley': 4.99 miles

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