Walks around Buchlyvie
Core Path to Gartentruach
The Core Path to Gartentruach along the old Stirling Railway Line - a 2 hour walk
The start is the same as for the Core Path to Aberfoyle; go down Station Road beyond the bridge and take the first road on the right, labelled “Woodend”. Pass under the railway bridge and immediately turn left by a field gate which leads to a track up to the railway line, where you turn left and go straight on over the bridge. Alternatively, start from the old Buchlyvie railway station, now called “Station House” and follow the signposted track along the old railway line. Some 200 yards beyond the bridge, where the track veers to the left towards Aberfoyle, there is a signpost to Gartentruach. Carry straight on through the trees to reach a pedestrian gate. At this point, the track is higher than the surrounding countryside, so it’s quite dry, although the grass can get rather tall at times. The route then goes through a railway cutting, where the track can get quite wet A few hundred yards further on is a pair of pedestrian gates on either side of the track used by cattle to get from one field to the next. Cows are not a problem unless accompanied by their calves, about which they are understandably very protective. A small group of walkers can get by easily, but not if there is a dog, even on a lead. In such cases, my advice would be to turn back and walk the other Core Path towards Aberfoyle instead, where there are no problems with dogs at all.
The track continues straight on, with magnificent views of Ben Ledi to the left. At certain times of the year, the fields on either side are filled with geese, helping themselves to the grass. Although they may not be welcome to the farmer, they are a magnificent sight when they take off en masse and warn one another of your approach. Another few hundred yards brings you to another pair of pedestrian gates and beyond that another cutting. Because there’s nowhere for the water to go, there can be large pools at this point, and the walker may need to climb the sides of the cutting to avoid them.
After this, the track becomes drier, being once more raised above the surrounding land. A few more gates and you enter a field where sheep tend to roam on the track itself. I don’t know if these sheep were particularly deaf, but they did seem to be unaware of my approach until the last second when they bolted away in apparent terror. (I’m so scared of upsetting pregnant sheep, that I tend to talk to them as I stroll along, hopefully giving adequate warning!) The final pedestrian gate opens onto the public road by Gartentruach farm. It is now exactly two miles from the start.
Instead of returning by the same route, you can follow this public road back towards Buchlyvie. Where the tarmac road swings left, keep straight on along the muddy track leading to Wester Mye Farm and the Mye Road. This route passes through the middle of the farm, so look out for tractors and other farm equipment and animals. Mye Road enters the village at it east end next to the Buchlyvie Inn.