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Balgair 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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Route Description

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)

Heritage Information

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.





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