GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Gartmorn Dam Walk

3 miles (4.5 km)

This 370 acre Country Park and Nature Reserve is located less than two miles from Alloa and Clackmannan in Clackmannanshire. The centrepiece of the park is the 170 acre Gartmorn Dam reservoir which has a lovely waterside path and is surrounded by peaceful woodlands. The park is very good for wildlife watching - look out for woodpeckers, roe deer, hare and red squirrels in the woodland areas and various wildfowl on the reservoir.
Other features in the park include an 18th century Ice House, the 19th century kitchen garden, a bird hide, picnic areas and a visitor centre.
If you'd like to continue your walk/cycle then the Dunfermline to Alloa path runs just to the south of the park. It follows National Cycle Network route 764 and the trackbed of a disused railway line from Dunfermline to Alloa via Clackmannan and Carnock.


FK10 3NZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Gartmorn Dam Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Gartmorn Dam Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's a nice on site cafe with indoor and outdoor seating at the site.

Dog Walking

The dam is a popular place for dog walkers so you'll probably bump into other owners on your visit.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your exercise in the area you could head to Lochore Meadows Country Park, Loch Fitty, Loch Leven or Townhill Country Park in nearby Dunfermline. There's lots of good waterside footpaths to enjoy at these venues.
The National Trust's splendid Dollar Glen is just a few miles north east while to the north there's Alva Glen with its lovely waterfalls and views of the Ochil Hills. Near here there's trails along the River Devon and a series of lovely reservoirs in Glendevon. There's also the Cleish Hills to explore around the pretty Loch Glow.


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View across to the island on Gartmorn Dam from the fishermens' jetty. Gartmorn wasbuilt in 1712 as a reservoir to supply water to hydraulic machines used in Alloa's mining industry. It is one of the earliest reservoirs in the country.

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Viewpoint above Gartmorn Dam. Image taken of the viewpoint on the ring contour 81m above the Dam. View reveals the refinery and chemical plants of Grangemouth with Longannet coal fired power station off to the east.

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This picture taken from near Gartmorn Dam House shows the 170 acre reservoir which was created by Sir John Erskine to power the pumps which drained the mines at Sauchie. Today it is an area of Special Scientific Interest and is an important site in the winter months for migratory Wildfowl. The reservoir's dam, some 320 yards (290m) in length, was reconstructed in hewn stone in 1785.

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The reservoir is such an age, that marshy bays and inlets have developed which is good news for wildlife like this swan (Cygnus olor) family.

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Kayaking on the lake

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Meadow in summer on the northern side of the lake.

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Modern Art

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Disused railway. Passing over an arm of the loch, this former railway served Sheriffyards Colliery. It is now part of the path network around Gartmorn Dam.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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