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 ash gorge woodland.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Fantastic views of waterfalls
  • Spectacular geological exposures
  • Ancient ash 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.


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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. Parking is available next to Strathblane Parish Church, 0.5 miles away towards Strathblane, but please note that this is reserved for church use from 10am-1pm on Sundays.

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Getting onto the reserve

There is a right of pedestrian only access from the A891 to the reserve, across the private grounds surrounding Ballagan House. Visitors to the reserve are asked to respect the residents’ privacy. Pedestrian access is up the driveway, to the left side of Ballagan House. 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, which is a kissing gate.

Access restrictions

Stout footwear is recommended as there are no paths and much of the ground is steep, wet and rocky. Please take great care as the cliffs 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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Ballagan Glen


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