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Carron Valley

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

Latest forest information

  • Due to ongoing forest operations there is no access to the top of Meikle Bin. Please follow all on site safety signage. 
  • Carron Valley car park will be closed on 18 and 19 September for a large event at Duncarron Fort. A section 11 from North Lanarkshire Council is in place for the closure.
  • Carron Valley car park will be closed on 23 September to allow for tree felling in vicinity of the access route.

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.

Guide map to walking trails at Carron Valley (PDF 6MB)

Walking trails (1)

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 (1)

Mountain Biking

The Red Route

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. 

Red: Difficult
5 miles / 8.0 km

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.

Guide map to mountain biking trails at Carron Valley (PDF 1.45 MB)

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.

Facilities and access

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

Car parking information

The charges to park at Carron Valley are:

Payment options: Coin only

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £2 for up to 3 hours
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus or coach all day 

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:

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

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 Todholes at the west end of the reservoir.

Using SatNav?

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

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Nearby forests

Bark on tree

Begin your walk up the distinctive peak of Meikle Bin

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Mountain access
Mountain access
Distance from 'Carron Valley': 2.19 miles
Close up of white flower

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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Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 1)
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