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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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Todholes 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.

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.

! 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. !

The Loch Shore Road is currently closed for road upgrading works.

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.

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

Walking trails


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.

6 ¼ miles / 10.2 km

4 hours

More information

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.

Getting here

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.

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.

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Nearest postcode: G63 0XH 

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