Garroch Glen Walks: Garroch Burn

Start Point:    Roadside parking just before stone bridge in Glenlee (see photo below).

Grade:            Moderate

Distance:       1.5 to 3 miles depending on route chosen, but can be extended.

Description:  Mainly through deciduous woodland, some farm tracks. Parts of this woodland are designated as Special Scientific Interest so please stay on the path to avoid possible damage to plants.

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As you face the bridge from the muddy lay-by go left through a wooden gate and, with the burn on your right, continue through the wood until you reach a pedestrian gate exiting into a field.

Keep to the right of a wooden hut housing a hydro generator and follow the burn up the field until you reach a farm gate in the top corner.

Exit on to a farm track and look for a marker post approx. 100 yards on your right.

Go right (with the burn still on your right) over wooden bridges until you reach a gated wooden bridge crossing the burn.
(If you cross this bridge the path leads to a walled garden and a right turn on a farm track leads back down to the Glenlee road and right to the parking spot.)

Do not cross the bridge at this point, but bear left up through the wood crossing several bridges/boardwalks until you reach a bridge on your right crossing the burn.

Immediately after the bridge, you have a choice of tracking the burn now on your left or, if very wet conditions, ascend to the ridge ahead and continue until you see a long boardwalk through a reed bed.

(You could curtail your walk now by descending the bank to your right to a wooden bridge and path leading into a field. Across this field exit through the farm gate into woodland and at the farm track turn right down to the walled garden).

Cross the boardwalk and follow the wall on your right to a farm gate leading into scrub pasture. (The path following the burn also leads to this gate without crossing the boardwalk). Continue, crossing several board walks, until you see a wooden bridge on your left and a hydro pipeline.

Do not cross the burn but bear right uphill until you reach some metal farm gates. Turn right and follow the farm track past the sheep folds until you see Dunveoch cottage below on your right.
Descend past the cottage to reach the Walled garden on your right and then follow the main rough vehicle track down to the Glenlee road and turn right to reach your start point.