Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest....
Please do not park in front of the barriers or restrict access to the forest and adjacent properties.
Meikle Bin / Carron Valley is a working forest and vehicle access is required 24 hours a day. We kindly ask that you show consideration and note that we will be ticketing in this area.
This small car park at the western end of Carron Valley reservoir is a favourite starting point for the hill track up to Meikle Bin. You can also join trails around the reservoir from here, leading to the waterside wildlife hide, or cross the road to wind through the woods to the site of John de Graham’s 13th century fort.
Climb through the forest to the prominent summit of Meikle Bin, the finest vantage point in the Campsies. There are views across Scotland from coast to coast.
A prolonged climb with steep slopes for half a mile. Initially firm, uneven gravel surface, becoming rough and grassy on the open hillside. Includes one gate and some very muddy areas.
Allow 4 hours
This trail is waymarked from the Todholes car park, but please note that once the trail leaves the forest for the open hill it’s no longer waymarked.
There are toilets in the main Carron Valley car park, including accessible facilities, which are open year-round. You'll find places to eat, drink and shop at the nearby towns of Fintry, Denny and Kilsyth.
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
Meikle Bin is in Carron Valley Forest, which lies beside the B818 west of Denny in Stirlingshire.
Take the B818 west from Denny, signposted to Fintry. After about 6 miles (10km), you’ll pass the main Carron Valley car park on your left. Continue along the road for about another 3 miles (5 km), to reach the far end of the reservoir. You’ll see the small Meikle Bin car park on your left, opposite the track to the wind farm, at grid reference NS 673 858.
If visiting by car, please do not block neighbouring Todholes Farm and windfarm access on the northern side of the loch. 24 hour access is required by our neighbours and emergency services.
Nearest postcode: G63 0XH
A landscape rich in wildlife and history
Stroll beside a woodland burn or head into the hills