Ben Cleuch, King's Seat Hill and Tarmangie Hill from Dollar Glenby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Oct/2012
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The Ochil Hills offer easy-access walks and spacious views spanning the Central Belt. It's an extensive range, stretching east from Stirling to north Fife and the Tay. But the best bits are crammed into the southwest corner, where the Ochils' highest summits rise as a steep green wall over the low-lying Forth basin and the Hillfoots villages of Dollar, Alva and Tillicoultry. With its gorges, woods and waterfalls this southern flank gives the most interesting approaches to the summits - and none more so than Dollar Glen, where the imposing Castle Campbell guards a wooded spur between the cascading Burns of Care and Sorrow. The rolling, grassy hills above are very worthwhile too.
Distance: 9.67 miles (15.56 km)
Total ascent: 914m
Steepest Gradient: 29% (1 in 3)
Time: 4 – 6 hours (Walking)
SummitsKing's Seat Hill 648 m
Andrew Gannel Hill 670 m
Ben Cleuch 721 m
Tarmangie Hill 645 m
Whitewisp Hill 643 m
Top car park in Dollar Glen, near Castle Campbell, NS962993
Easy grassy ground, but quite boggy in places. Well-trodden paths in the main, and few particularly steep inclines, except for the pathless descent off Saddle Hill.
A fairly long day out in deep snow conditions, when skis would be a fun alternative to walking. These grassy, rolling hills are ideal for ski touring.
Weather and Hill Conditions:
mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath – Met Office: West Highlands
Bus to Dollar from Stirling or Alloa
Southern Highlands by Nick Williams (pb. Pocket Mountains) includes a description of the Dollar Glen hills, though not the western leg over Andrew Gannel and Ben Cleuch
OS Explorer 366 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 367 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 58 (1:50,000)