Walks around Buchlyvie
- Category: Walks Around Buchlyvie
The Old Railway Line to Gartentruach
This walk is just over 4 miles long and can be quite muddy in wet weather. In the summer it is a magnificent walk along the Carse of Stirling. A map of the route, which includes photographs taken along the route, can be found at https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1047532.
The track of the old railway line to Stirling is a Core Path and it can be followed to Gartentruach Farm (or, with persistence, all the way to Arnprior). The start is exactly the same as the route to Aberfoyle. Park in the car park at the east end of the village and walk 200 yards up the Main Street to the first turning on the right, called Station Road. Walk down Station Road, over the Ballochneck Burn and turn down the first road on the right (labelled “Woodend”), which goes under a bridge of the old railway line. Immediately after this bridge, turn left to pass through a field gate and go up a muddy ramp to turn left along the old railway track. An alternative start may be made from opposite the old Buchlyvie station (now called “Station House”) which is about 100 yards beyond the turn-off to Woodend, where there is a signpost proclaiming the route to be a public path to Aberfoyle (and an important link to the NCN7 Lands End to John O’Groats cycleway). The route continues straight on the the aforementioned bridge.
After the bridge the track continues straight for a few hundred yards (heading for Stirling) and then curves to the left (heading for Aberfoyle). At this point a signpost points the way straight on to Arnprior. At this point the path can be quite overgrown in summer, but is easy to follow and there are several pedestrian gates across the track. Apart from where it goes through a cutting, the track is normally quite dry. There are open views to the left of Ben Ledi and the Menteith Hills. During the winter flocks of geese can be seen feeding on the grass.
After a mile and a half, the track reaches a public road - not busy, because it's a dead-end road - at Gartentruach Farm. The railway line used to pass through the farm yard, and our Core Path goes round the farm and on to Arnprior. However, when the railway line was closed, the bridge over the Mye Burn was demolished, so that, if you want to go to Arnprior, you will have to wade the Mye Burn, which is awkward even in dry weather. Details of this are given in the walk “The Old Railway Line to Arnprior”.
You may retrace your steps along the old railway track to return to Buchlyvie or follow this alternative route to make a circular walk. After leaving the railway track at Gartentruach, turn right and go along the road to turn right and go past Easter Mye Farm. Soon afterwards, the road turns left and goes on the meet the A811 main road. Our route goes straight on towards Wester Mye Farm, becoming a muddy track. The track passes through the farmyard, where there may be livestock and machinery, so take care. (Dogs and farm animals are not a happy situation, so, please leave your dog at home!).
Immediately after the farmyard, there is a track on the left past the sewage works, which can be followed back to the village. This is described (though in the other direction) in the walk entitled “The School to Mye Road”. For a shorter return to the car park, continue along the Mye Road to where it meets the Main Street (at the World War Memorial Cross). Turn left here to get back to the car park.