Innerdownie, Whitewisp and Glenquey
An 8 mile circular walk across two of the eastern Ochils returning via the old right of way from Dollar to Glendevon.
- Distance: 8 miles
- Ascent: 550m
- Terrain: Grassy hill paths, forest track, off path on grassy hill side (quite steep)
- Start/finish: Glensherup Woodland Trust car park at grid ref NN 972 051 on the A823
A path from the car park bypasses the cottage to join with the main forest track through the Glensherup Forest. After about 900m this track curves round to the left to start to go up hill. At the track junction keep left initially heading in a north east direction up hill through a felled area. The track curves right and then left before reaching a firebreak/muddy path at grid ref NN 971 039. Turn right to follow this fire break through the forest and through a gate onto the open hillside.
Turn right to go up hill and follow a grassy path all the way to the summit of Innerdownie Hill. There is a small shelter just beyond the summit which makes a good coffee / lunch spot.
From here you can shorten the walk by heading downhill into Glenquey using one of the grassy paths through the newly planted trees. However, for a longer walk continue onwards along the path which will take you to the summit of Whitewisp Hill. Before reaching the summit you will cross a section of wet ground at the coll between the two hills and cross a stile shortly before the summit. There is no shelter at this summit.
Leave the paths and head downhill in a south easterly direction. If visibility is not great, take a compass bearing. The gradient is initially shallow but soon steepens. Don’t walk close to the fence/forest edge because this will lead you to some rocky ground further down.
Once down the hill you will join the Dollar to Glendevon right of way. Turn left on to this path and follow it through the steeply sided glen. After about 1.7km the steep sides open out and you reach Glenquey Reservoir. The path continues alongside the reservoir to the far end. After the reservoir, there are various access tracks and you should aim to keep to the left of the buildings and left of a fence line.
The path takes you down to the Glendevon area, but do not take the turn off for Burnfoot/Glendevon. Instead follow the path round to the left where it meets with the Devon River. There is a choice of a high route or a low route – it doesn’t matter which you choose as both routes will bring you to a bridge over the river and a house. Walk past the house (don’t go over the bridge) on what is now a vehicle track. When the track turns left up to Glendevon House, a path leads off alongside the river through the trees passing a flat grassy field that is sometimes used for camping. Continue onwards on the path to reach the car park.