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There’s a wide variety of beautiful walking routes from Doune with everything from a one hours stroll after dinner to extended walks that can take you a whole day.  

The Doune Ponds nature reserve offers a quiet locale within a few minutes walk of the village centre.  The old railway line path can take you to Dunblane or you can follow the sign-posted Doune Trail. From Deanston the mill lade is of historical interest and takes in a fine view of old Kilmadock cemetery accessed from the north side of the Teith Bridge.

A colourful leaflet with six easy-to-follow routes opens up the area to visitors or new explorers alike.  You can download a copy here or pop into the Doune Information and Heritage Centre next to the Woodside Hotel on Stirling road and pick up a copy for £1.

A local walking group organises monthly interesting walks. Check out the what's on diary to see when the next one is on (usually saturdays)

 

Mary Queen of Scots Way (new East West long distance walk)

This 104 mile walk takes between 6 to 10 days and comes through Doune. The first 31 miles will take you from Arrochar to Callander, which is where we pick some details of the route.

Summary

The 12 miles to Dunblane, via Doune is an easy gradient with varied and pleaseant scenary using mainly cycle paths, forest tracks, country lanes and riverside paths.

Travel south from Callander to Burn of Cambus for 6 miles,  then walk 2.5 miles into Doune finishing with another 3 miles to Dunblane.

Details

Follow the old railway line in Callander, coming off and rejoining it at the end of Livingstone avenue. Passing Drumdhu wood will bring you to Kelti bridge. Passing Drumavich wood you will descend beside Broken tree wood down to the Annet bridge into Burn of Cambus. Here you need to cross the A84 to go to old Kilmadock cemetry where you will walk allong the banks of the river Teith, crossing the Teith bridge to Doune Castle. From the castle you can walk back into Doune for local services, the information centre and refreshments. At the far end of Moray park the old railway line begins again taking you to Argaty junction where you will cross the A820 onto the old Doune road. Passing Greenyards farm you will cross a footbridge across the M9 towards Dunblane high school. You can then decide to turn right via Baxters loan to go towards Bridge of Allan or go straight down the hill into Dunblane.

The Mary Queen of Scots way continues via Bridge of Allan to Tillicoultry and onwards to St Andrews for another 59 miles. Good luck!

 

Doune Ponds Nature Reserve

Doune Ponds Nature Reserve is a well regarded  and regularly used reclaimed sand and gravel quarry of about 40 acres in size. (Grid reference NN724022). There is a broad diversity of habitat types and it has varied soil types, a water table close to the surface and a large variety of Flora and Fauna. It has been managed for wildlife conservation, birds, fungi and for the recreational needs of local people. The site has been split up into different sections. It has three large ponds surrounded mainly by native regenerating Birch trees, Sallow, Osier and Willow. The large central pond has resident ducks, swans and many other varieties of migrating breeding birds.

"Kates Corner" is a section, named after a local Stirling Conservation Volunteer, Kate Jessup who died in 1993. Kate with other volunteers did practical conservation work within the reserve for many years. This section was being managed as a coppice, with a variety of trees such as Hazel, Alder, Rowan and Willow.

The reserve is important for Fungi with over 300 species recorded including some rare ones. The regeneration of scrub and wetland plants has encouraged a wide range of invertebrates to colonise the site. Small mammals are present and attract Stoats, Foxes and Kestrels. There is also a small population of Red Squirrels.

There are footpaths through and round the area, most of which are surfaced, some are wheelchair accessible. A circular self guided nature trail exists around the central and west ponds  and woodland. Visitor facilities such as hides, interpretation boards, picnic tables and benches are in place. Doune Ponds has its own car park beside the site.

The Doune fairs were held near here from the 17th century where trading was concluded at the Gold stone, a Bronze age standing stone (made of Schist, left by a melting ice sheet) now sited near the Doune ponds entrance. A Bronze Age stone burial cist dated to 1800 B.C. was found in 1954 during a nearby excavation.

To see images or a photo trail of Doune ponds please use this link

 

 

 



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