A low level circular walk around four of the Lomond Hills Reservoirs. The walk starts at the Holl Reservoir, passes the Ballo Reservoir, crosses the Harperleas Reservoir dam and does a loop around Drumain Reservoir before returning to Holl Reservoir.
Distance: 5.4 miles / 8.7 km
Ascent: 185 m / 600 feet
Start / finish: Holl, near Leslie
This walk could be started from either the Holl Reservoir car park or the Craigmead car park. The directions below are from the Holl Reservoir.
From the car park walk back down the road to the crossroads at West Balgothrie Farm. Go left (signed for Craigmead) along the road past the Holl Dam to reach the water treatment works. After passing the water works the road ends and becomes a paths through the woods. Some bits along here can get a bit muddy at times. The path gains height through the woods and then through fields to reach Balgothrie. Follow the paths, through gates, round the left side of the farm and pick up the path going round Ballo Reservoir keeping the reservoir to your left. When you reach the area of a fishing hut, the path turns right through a couple of pedestrian gates and heads up hill across grassy fields to join the public road. You may need to climb the gate here.
Turn left onto the quiet road and continue uphill for 750m to reach the Little Ballo farm road on your left. The Craigmead car park is a further 300m up the road and offers picnic tables and toilets. Return to the junction and follow the farm road above the Ballo Reservoir. Do not take the left turn downhill to the farm, but keep straight on until you reach the ruin of Ballo Castle.
After the castle, go left downhill on a grassy path to reach the Harperlea Dam. The path continues along the top of the dam. After crossing the dam, go through a gate to meet an obvious track. Turn left on to this track through the Harperleas Wood.
Approximately 200m after exiting the wood keep an eye open for a wall on your right hand side. Turn left at this point onto a grassy path across rough grazing walking towards the large Ballo Reservoir. This area is used by ground nesting birds so if you have a dog, keep it under control and to heel during the nesting season. When you reach a surfaced track, turn left heading towards the dam. At the dam the track bears right and heads in the direction of Drumain Reservoir, the smallest of the four.
When you reach the reservoir cross over the dam and the outflow on the bridges. Go straight on (the track goes right) over the rough grass towards a gate in front of a clump of trees. It’s easy walking and there is a feint path. When you reach the gate turn left onto the road and follow it back alongside the Holl Reservoir to the car park.
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