COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
- The Loch Shore Road will be closed until 1 April 2020 for road upgrading works.
- Please note there will be no access to mountain bike trails from Todholes car park, please use Carron Valley main car park.
Begin your walk up the distinctive peak of Meikle Bin
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.
Meikle Bin Trail
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.
Facilities & access
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.
Todholes 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 Todholes car park on your left, opposite the track to the wind farm, at grid reference NS 673 858.
Nearest postcode: G63 0XH
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