Rugged Run – Stirling – Loch Ardinning

Two of my favorite places to walk are Loch Ardinning and Lennox Forest. You can see the loch from the forest and you can see the forest from the loch but there is no path that connects them together. On a map it seemed possible. There is only half a mile between the two paths.

I thought about doing it during the summer but I thought it might be too boggy. I decided to wait until winter and do it on a frosty day when all the vegetation had died back.

So during a recent cold spell of weather I set off with my wife to try and find a way across the gap.

It was surprisingly easy. The conditions were perfect and it only took 30 minutes of off path walking. I’d recommend doing it with a good map as due to the trees it was tricky to find the path at Lennox forest. I used as an app on my phone. It has downloadable maps so I don’t have to worry about a signal. It is also completely free.

Check out just how cold the walk was in the video below.




Rating: 3 out of 5.

An interesting challenge to connect up two routes but no one I’d do often.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

There’s a small car park in Clachan of Campise. You can park on the street if the car park is full. It can be busy on a nice day. Loch Ardinning has a few parking spots but they fill up quickly on a nice day.


Rating: 1 out of 5.

None on the route

Nearest cafe

Rating: 3 out of 5.

There is a cafe at Clachan of Campsie.

Run Surface

50% track. 25% off road track, 25% off road (no path, mud, heather etc)

Dog Friendly



129M of elevation.

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