Balgair Muir Drove Road
Start location: A811 west of Buchlyvie (NS 584 942)
End location: B822 north of Fintry (NS 613 909)
Geographical area: Campsie Fells, Stirling, Clackmannan and Falkirk
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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Newsflash! The Heritage Paths (Campsie Fells) Project is very pleased to announce that we have a lovely Campsies map leaflet showing this old route and others in the area. To get your hands on one, simply write to us enclosing an SAE c/o ScotWays (see address top-right) and we'll post one out to you.
From the A811, 1km east of Buchlyvie head south-southeast along the farm track which leads to Badenkep. After Badenkep, the route has been reported as extremely churned up by tractors etc. After turning east-southeast (gate) the track becomes fainter and there is no obvious appearance of another track from the north which is marked on the OS Explorer 1:25,000 map. A very vague track heads southeast to the plantation which it meets at a gate and stile which indicates the former presence of the route. The whole section from Badenkep to this point is very boggy.
The route then becomes a track between the trees until it reaches a gate at the other side of the forest, which in turn becomes a farm track across a field to another gate onto the B822 just north of Balafark
From Badenkep onwards, this route was described in 2011 as "pure bog"; our surveyor returned in mid-February after a week of severe frosts, so that it became possible to walk on a hard surface.
OS Landranger 57 (Stirling & The Trossachs area)
This route is thought to have been a drove road up to Balgair Muir where there was once a market. The Balgair Market (for Cattle) is shown on the OS first edition 6"map, 1843-1882. It appears likely that the Balgair Muir will have also been approached from Balfron via the Moor Road to Little Drumtie and on eastwards to reach the market. There are times when these moors will have been very busy places indeed.