Ballagan Glen

Ballagan Glen is a small but beautiful reserve carved by the Ballagan Burn, which cascades down a series of waterfalls, including the Spout of Ballagan. It is notable for its spectacular geological exposures and ancient gorge woodland.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Spectacular geological exposures
  • Ancient woodland

Best time to visit?

  • May – Jul for breeding birds
  • May – Aug for wildflowers
  • Sep – Nov for fungi

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • geology
  • scenery

Other information

Mosses, ferns and liverworts flourish in the damp habitats near the burn, and peregrines and kestrels soar overhead. Responsible dog owners are welcome. Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and keep dogs on a lead while on the reserve. Uncontrolled dogs can displace wildlife.


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How to get there


The reserve is located off the A891 on the south side of the Campsie Fells, 0.6 miles east of Strathblane.  There is no parking available at Ballagan house. There is no footpath leading from Strathblane along the A891 therefore visitors to the reserve are advised not to walk along the A891. There is a right of pedestrian only access to the reserve, across the private grounds surrounding Ballagan House.

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Getting onto the reserve

Pedestrian access is up the driveway, to the left side of Ballagan House. Visitors to the reserve are asked to respect the residents’ privacy. At the top of the residents’ parking area (to the north of the garages) there is a stile, which leads through an area of privately owned plantation for approx. 200 metres to a gate onto the open hill behind. Once through this gate, head north west up hill for approx. 100 metres to reach the entrance of the reserve.

Access restrictions

Stout footwear is recommended as there are no formal paths on the reserve. Much of the ground is steep, wet and rocky and subject to landslip. Visitors are advised not to descend into the steep gorge. The cliffs at the spout of Ballagan and the geological feature known as the Ballagan beds are extremely dangerous and subject to frequent rock falls. The land outside the reserve is a working hill farm and visitors should be careful to close gates and keep dogs on a lead at all times.

Nearest town
Strathblane (1 mi / 1.6 km)
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