A short 2.5 mile walk around Devilla Forest taking in the two smaller lochs: Bordie Loch and Keir Dam. This walk uses a mix of well made paths/tracks and rougher paths.
Please be aware that there are currently (Spring 2017) forestry operations taking place in the area of this walk.
Distance: 2.5 miles / 4 km
Ascent: 160 feet / 50 m
Start / finish: Kincardine
Facilities: Forestry Commission car park, Refreshments at the Walled Garden
Other walks in Devilla Forest:
Starting from the main Devilla car park at NS 964 871 east of Kincardine on the A985 road, initially follow the waymarked Red Squirrel Trail. This trail includes board walk on some of the muddier bits and has information point along the route. When you reach Bordie Loch there is choice of routes either to the south or to the north of the loch. If you stick to the north side you will pass some picnic tables and it is less hilly.
After the loch at NS 953 873 where the path starts to curve round to the left to circle the north side of the loch, is a rough (and sometimes muddy) path leading through the trees. A marker post with a red stripe on it is a useful point for finding the path. Follow this path in a westerley direction (be careful not to walk northwards on other paths) for about 200m to reach a forest track. Turn right on to this track and walk northwards for about 300m to reach a cross roads. Go straight on at this crossroads for a further 200m where the trees on your left give way to an open area.
At this point NS 952 878 look for a rough path on your right hand side heading alongside the trees. Initially there will be an old broken wall on your left but you soon cross this so that it is on your right. Follow this path for about 750m alongside a small burn. The path can be rather muddy after heavy rain. Eventually the path will arrive at the Keir Dam, hidden away amongst the trees. Turn left to walk around the reedy loch initially north and then eastwards. At the end of the dam the path turns through 90 degrees left to head northwards for 200m.
When you reach a forest track turn right and walk for another 200m in an easterly direction to reach a crossroads. Turn right at this crossroads and walk southwards, keeping straight on at the next junction, to reach the car park after about 800m.
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