Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

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Carron Valley

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Carron Valley Forest Notice

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.
  • Toilets are open.
  • All mountain biking trails are open.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

  • The Loch Shore Road will be closed until further notice for road upgrading works. During this time, there will be no access from the main car park to Meikle Bin.

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


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.

2 ¾ miles / 4.5 km

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

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


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)


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 & access

Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area

The public toilets at Carron Valley have been closed until further notice due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Car parking charges

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

Season passes are also available. Contact our local office for more details.

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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0300 067 6600 (option 1)
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