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The Ochil Hills - Ben Cleuch and Bengengie Hill

A leisurely walk (mountain (above 600m)) starting and finishing in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, about 14.52km (9.02 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 640m (2099ft)
Loss 648m (2125ft)
Max. Elevation 720m (2362ft)
Elevation (total) 1288m (4224ft)
Start
Dollar
End
Menstrie
Distance 14.52km
(9.02mi)
Duration ~5:15
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 28 Aug 2010
The Ochil Hills stretch out for 39 miles between Stirling and Perth, and offer lots of great routes. They are the friendlier face of Scottish hillwalking, as they are not at all remote; towns and villages, known as 'Hillfoots', dot either side. They are still a brisk day out, though. This route starts with the impressive Dollar Glen, followed by King's Seat Hill, Ben Cleuch and Bengengie Hill, before dropping into Menstrie. Buses run between Dollar and Menstrie, and from both towns to Stirling.

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Waypoints

OS Grid NS964985
Start in Dollar, one of the Hillfoots. At the end of Burnside, a footpath leads into Dollar Glen, where a path leads you through the tree-lined banks of the burn, with its many waterfalls.
Bank Hill About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
OS Grid NS953992
Just past the start of the Burn of Sorrow, a path leads onto Bank Hill, the start of the high ground on this route.
King's Seat Hill About 2.08 km (~1.29 miles) from
OS Grid NS934999
The first top of the day, is King's Seat Hill (648m). Stay on the path heading west.
Andrew Gannel Hill About 1.63 km (~1.01 miles) from
OS Grid NN919005
Cross over the burn to Andrew Gannel Hill.
Ben Cleuch About 1.54 km (~0.96 miles) from
OS Grid NN903006
Stay on the high ground to Ben Cleuch, right in the heart of the Ochils West. At 721m, it's the highest point of the walk and a great vantage point for views down across the Scottish lowlands. For a shorter day out, drop down from here to Tillycountry.
Craighorn About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
OS Grid NN887011
For a longer day out, stay on the high ground across to Craighorn. Keep heading along the tops due west. It's an up-and-down walk, so good for giving the legs a full workout.
Bengengie Hill About 3.06 km (~1.9 miles) from
OS Grid NN858002
At Bengengie Hill, head for the western edge of the top. A path drops down alongside Second Inchna Burn, leading into Menstrie.
Second Inchna Burn About 2.10 km (~1.3 miles) from
OS Grid NS848983
Keep heading down into the valley. On the right-hand side in Dumyat, the site of a Pictish fort. The Ochils were once a frontier between the clans of the north and those of the south.
Menstrie About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid NS848971
Finish in Menstrie, with buses back to Stirling or to Dollar. The Burnside Inn on Main Street West is the pub of choice for the post-walk pint.

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