Exploration of the lesser frequented hills to the north of the Glendevon Reservoirs.
- Distance: 14 km / 8.5 miles
- Ascent: 450 m / 1500 feet
- Terrain: tarmac water authority road, tussocky hill paths, quad bike tracks, off path on grassy hillsides
- Start/finish: Foot of Glendevon Reservoir road at NN 94884 05192 on the A823. Parking area available.
Walk up the tarmac road towards the reservoirs for a short distance until you reach a wooden building on your left. At this point a stony track heads off to your right. Follow this track for a short distance until it turns left. At this point leave the track to head up the hill on quad bike tracks.
The quad bike tracks can be followed all the way up to the summit of Common Hill with it’s small lochan. The tracks continue beyond Common Hill heading over towards Wether Hill. If you lose the tracks just head in the right general direction over tussocky grass and you will come across them again. There are some damp sections of ground to be negotiated before reaching the summit of Wether Hill (502m).
From here head west south west using rough trodden paths to reach a steep sided gully between Wether Hill and the outlying top of Craigentaggert Hill. Ascend the other side still in a roughly south west direction but now without any obvious paths. The 476m summit is reached and there is another gully to cross before turning north west up the slopes of Craigentaggert Hill. A small cairn marks the 493m summit.
Descend south west on tussocky ground into Glen Bee. There is no one obvious route to follow for this section. Once in Glen Bee, the old right of way from Blackford to Tillicoultry is joined. Turn left on to this path and follow it around the south-western slopes of Craigentaggert Hill with the Upper Glendevon Reservoir and Bankfoot Wind Farm ahead. The path splits as it skirts the northern shore of the reservoir. Keep left uphill for the easiest option. A patch of bracken and a burn need to be crossed after which the path heads behind a stand of conifers. After the trees, the path starts to go downhill to the dam.
The path follows a route to the east of the dam rather than going along the dam wall itself. The dam wall is an alternative although there is a drop of a few feet required to cross a wall. On the opposite side of the dam, pick up the tarmac access road to head downhill back to the start point. This final section is just over 4km on tarmac.