Stirlingshire

Falls of Leny (nr Callander)

(A FOUR TRUNK location)

Location

Located adjacent to the A84 c. 3km west of Callander. Access is best from the south bank where a former railway is a right of way. You can park c. 1km to the west or c. 2km to the southeast. The best/only/safest swim is (obviously) downstream of the Falls.

Grid Ref

NN 595/088

Features

Large pool with good depth so plenty of room for a swim with the added excitement of fast flowing water nearer the Falls.

Hazards

The pool was fine in the summer when I visited but will be very different at other times of the year. The narrow nature of the river around the Falls suggests there will never be a safe time to swim in this area.

Date of Last Swim

7th August 2010


Loch Voil (Balquhidder)

(A FOUR TRUNK location)

 

Location

4.5km west of Balquhidder (yes such a place does exist)

Grid Ref

NN 485/197

Features

Easy access, surprisingly “not too cold” for the time of year, excellent views all round.

Hazards

Watch out for Ghosts (Rob Roys grave is in Balquhidder)

Date of Last Swim

Late October 2002


Loch with no name (nr Aberfoyle)

(A THREE TRUNK location)

Location

Situated in Loch Ard Forest c. 4km west of Aberfoyle. Park in the woodland car parks to the west of the village of Milton where there are information maps showing the various paths/trails.

Grid Ref

NN 484/007

Features

Lovely woodland setting and shallow so pretty warm.

Hazards

In the summer the swim area is restricted to the eastern end. Watch out for underwater twigs and branches.

Date of Last Swim

5th August 2010


Loup of Fintry (Fintry)

(A THREE TRUNK  location)

Location

To be honest I’m not to sure as Steve took me there. I think its the waterfall on the Endrick Water c. 4km east of Fintry (maybe 20km west of Stirling). Its signposted off the road (B818?) and only a few hundred metres walk.

Grid ref

NS660/861

Features

Lovely setting and quite unexpected view of falls after only walking 10m from the road. Only limited room for a swim but a great terrace-like setting.

Hazards

Bit of a climb to get down to and I guess when the river is in full flow it would be quite challenging to attempt a swim.

Date of swim

10th April 2011


Mill Dam (nr Kippen)

Location

  • Approx 4km SW of the village of Kippen. Just north of the junction between a minor road and the B822. A spot recommended by local Steven (also known as “The Poacher” by the local fishermen who assume that he is up to that activity rather than just have a swim)

Grid Ref

  • NS614/919

Features

  • Easy access. Lovely views. Espcciall when I went in “sunshine”!

Hazards

  • None really, but it is a fishing loch so unless you want to be unpopular avoid when its in use for that activity!

Date

  • 23rd June 2018

Scout’s Pool/Keltie Water (near Callandar)

Location

You need to follow the minor road from Callandar (west of Stirling) past to golf course up to the point it is gated. Park on side of road and follow the track over a stream and turn left. Then pick your pool because there are several excellent swims. This one is probably called the Scout’s Pool.

Grid Ref

640100 (on OS Sheet 57)

Features

Excellent sized pool with relatively easy access.

Hazards

None really (except the cold)

Date of Last Swim

21st April 2008


Sheriff Muir  (nr Dunblane)

(A FOUR TRUNK location)

Location

Best to follow instructions in Daniel Starts book as although not far from Dunblane or Stirling does involve little roads. But note there is now no “no litter” sign, but there are “no swimming” signs to let you know you have found the right spot!!

Grid Ref

NN819011

Features

This is an excellent plunge pool i.e good fun but not much good for swimming. You can slide down the small waterfall and your backside is protected by moss!

Hazards

None really, although there are signs warning of Lyme disease!

Date of Last Swim

11th April 2010


Stank Water (off Ben Ledi, near Callander)

Location

  • This is just off the less popular route up/down Ben Ledi. Park in the main (but small) car park off the A84 c. 4km west of Callander and either have a dip on way up or down. This pool is c. 200m up from the small hydro plant

Grid Ref

  • NN569/109

Features

  • If you are hot and sweaty after climbing Ben Ledi this is the perfect spot to recover. Not a big area for a swim but sufficient.

Hazards

  • Be warned I am told that occasionally a skinny dipper has apparently been seen in this pool on his way back down form one of his regular runs up Ben Ledi

Date

  • 17th April 2017


Touch Burn waterfall (Cambusbarron)

(FOUR TRUNK  locations)

Location

Park in the same place as for the Touch Hill Lochans (see below) but after that you’ll either need a local guide (mine was Stephen Kirk) or quite alot of time as despite being on the edge of the wood its tricky to find.

Grid ref

NS740/924

Features

Great little waterfall with cave behind and reasonably amount of deep water for swimming (well in March there was anyway).

Hazards

None really, but it is a waterfall so watch out for bits of trees coming over the fall!!

Date of swim

30th March 2012


Touch Hills (Cambusbarron)

(FOUR TRUNK  locations)

Location

There are three lochans (reservours really) just west of Stirling. Easiest access is from the minor road which goes up into the hills from Cambusbarron (just south of A811). Go as far as you can and there is parking on the site of the road near the water works.

Grid ref

NS730/915

Features

Close to Stirling but feels remote. Access easy and plenty of deep water.

Hazards

Best to watch out incase the water board pull out the plug and obviously don’t swim too close to the dam! Also one of the Lochans was a bit rough!!

Date of swim

30th March 2012