Walking can help you find out more about, and connect with, your local area. You can explore some of the best of Scotland’s landscapes and experience a wealth of history and culture right on our doorstep at the University of Stirling.
Discover some of our unmissable walking routes, as our Stirling community share three more of their favourite hiking spots around Stirling for you to try out. Don’t forget to head over to last week’s blog for more!
David’s favourite: Dumyat
Overlooking our campus accommodation, the jagged crags of Dumyat offer a challenging hike with stunning views across the valley. The terrain even boasts the well-preserved ruins of a Roman-era Maeatae fort.
Matt’s favourite: Bannockburn’s best kept secret
While only short, this circular walk through the heart of old Bannockburn packs a punch! Bringing the spectacular views of Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, and the Trossachs together with historic architecture, nature, and wildlife.
The best time to do the walk is early morning, when herons, rabbits and even deer can be spotted along the burn, or at sunset on a clear day for views across the fields to the city, castle and mountains.
The route is easily accessible from Stirling City Centre by taking the No. 38 Bus to the Telford Bridge/Bannockburn Cross.
There are a few small hills, but the route is quite manageable and is popular with walkers and runners. No special equipment needed! Several notice boards also give details of the area’s history, including key the site of the murder of King James III following the Battle of Sauchieburn in 1488.
Laurie’s favourite: Ben A’an
The Trossachs National park is located a short drive away from the University. With numerous lochs, hills, forests and welcoming villages east of Loch Lomond and west of Stirling, it’s often referred to as ‘The Highlands in miniature’.
Although Ben A’an is not a high mountain, with a very modest height of 454m, its position in the heart of the Trossachs makes it one of my favourite viewpoints in Scotland. It overlooks Loch Katerine, and on a clear day you’ll even be able to see Ben Lomond!
The hill provides an easy walk, although a little steep in places, and you can make it to the summit in about 1.5-2 hours. You’ll enjoy many of the ingredients of a mountain hike, such as a forest, open moorlands, views of crags and a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape at the top. Just keep in mind that this is quite a popular walk, so it tends to be busy most weekends!