GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Alva Glen Walk

2 miles (3.2 km)

This walk visits the beautiful Alva Glen in the Clackmannanshire town of Alva, in theCentral LowlandsofScotland.
The route follows the Alva burn north from the town, taking you past pretty waterfalls with fine views of the surrounding Ochil Hills.
You can start from the Alva Glen car park and then pick up the steadily rising footpath through the scenic gorge. Towards the end there are some splendid views back down the glen as you rise to over 200 metres.
On the way you can also enjoy some lovely flora and fauna with pretty widflowers and a variety of tree species. Wildlife includes kestrel, the long tailed wagtail and various other woodland birds. There's also the Alva Glen illuminations when the trail and the waterfalls are beautifully lit up with different coloured lights.
To continue your walking in the area head south east to visit Gartmorn Dam Country Park. There's a fine waterside path around the Gartmorn Dam reservoir to enjoy here.

Postcode

FK12 5JP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Alva Glen OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Alva Glen Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The No 5 Inn is located very close to the car park at the start of the walk. The inn has some interesting history dating back to 1776. In 1787 it was visited by poet Robert Burns and there is a plaque commemorating the event on the side of the pub. It is thought that it was the 5th pub Burns stoped at on his way from Stirling to the north. Hence the name, No 5 Inn.
There's a pleasant interior with a historic bar servinggood quality whiskies and a selection of guest beers from the many micro breweries in the area. There's also a fine restaurant with many Scottish favourites on the menu. You can find them at 38 Brook St, Alva FK12 5JL.

Dog Walking

The glen is a fine place for a dog walk. It's best to keep them on leads as there are some steep drops. The No 5 Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east is the Ochil Hills Woodland Park where there's some pleasant woodland trails. The park also has good facilities with a car park, a children's play area, picnic sites and display boards.
A few miles to the east there's also Dollar Glen. The National Trust owned area includes more picturesque waterfalls and the medieval Castle Campbell which dates from the 16th century.

Photos

Alva Burn in Alva Glen - geograph.org.uk - 32398

Alva Burn in Alva Glen

View along Alva Burn into Alva Glen - geograph.org.uk - 3788502

View along Alva Burn into Alva Glen

Small outcrops on Wee Torry - geograph.org.uk - 3236669

Small outcrops on Wee Torry

The Nebit - geograph.org.uk - 1577270

The Nebit. Located on the eastern side of the glen. A glance at the map suggests that the Nebit belongs to the ridge that runs down off Craighorn, but it is actually connected to Ben Ever as the Glenwinnel Burn has crossed the ridge through capturing the burn that once flowed down the Silver Glen. The Silver Glen now has a misfit stream with its headwaters cut off. Silver was mined at one time in this area.

Alva Burn in Alva Glen - geograph.org.uk - 3788454

Alva Burn in Alva Glen

Alva Glen - geograph.org.uk - 141497

Waterfall

Across Alva Park to the Ochils - geograph.org.uk - 687775

Across Alva Park to the Ochils. You can find this park to the west of the town.

Glenwinnel Burn - geograph.org.uk - 1577264

Glenwinnel Burn. The Glenwinnel Burn falls steeply into the Alva Glen.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Alva Glen.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)