Hillwalking Dollar Glen
Small town at the foot of Ochil Hills, 6 miles/10km North east of Alloa.
Includes Fishing Cycling, Sightseeing, Hillwalking, Climbing, Touring in the Scottish Countryside.
Hillwalking Dollar Glen - Scottish Walks.
|Length: 9 mile||Duration: 4 Hours.|
Nearing the southern end of the Ochil Hills lies the village of Dollar on the A91. Arguably Dollar's most prized asset is Dollar Academy, Signposted as you enter the town from the west, Dollar Academy was the brainchild of one John McNabb, a local man who earned substantial monies while working in London as a sea merchant. His will, when he died in 1802, provided the finance for a school for the poor of the area. The Academy was founded in 1818 and also became a boarding school, for wealthier families, probably to help pay the bills. The main building is the Playfair Building, with initially six others to accommodate teachers and boarders. An extension was added to the Playfair and then an infant school and gym were introduced. In 1961 fire gutted the main building with much literature being destroyed, however the school survived and has added even more buildings since.
However, on this web site, we are more interested in the walking and here is a cracking 9 miler through Glen Dollar.
Catch the signs for the glen at the eastern end of the village and travel up to a car park, next to Brewlands Farm, passing Castle Campbell on the way. Take the path to the right of the farm and reach a gate at the start of the forest, walk through the forest, wearing appropriate boots as it gets a bit boggy, as does some of the rest of the walk.
Halfway into the forest, three paths occur, take the middle one, to stay on track. Exiting the forest proper another gate takes you alongside the Scots pines, now on your right, with a steep hill on your left (Innerdownie.).
Shortly the Glenquey Reservoir (supplying most of the local towns.) comes into sight. Walk to the end of the reservoir to find Glenquey Farm and take a left up the hill to avoid the farm and make your way to Glendevon, where after a 4 ml. hike a wee refreshment can be had at the hotel, :))). Not too many though, remember the car back in Dollar. Round trip, 8-9 miles.