Carron Glen

PUBLIC NOTICE: THE PATH LEADING WEST AFTER THE BRIDGE IS CLOSED DUE TO A LANDSLIP. To access the east of the reserve, cross the bridge and turn right. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Carron Glen is a beautiful native oak and ash woodland along a steep-sided gorge carved by the River Carron. The canopy is animated with woodland birds and the river provides prime fishing for dippers and kingfishers.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Globeflowers and bluebells
  • Dippers and kingfishers
  • Warblers and other woodland birds
  • Spectacular views

Best time to visit?

  • Apr and May for woodland birds
  • May and Jun for wildflowers
  • Autumn for woodland colours

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • geology
  • scenery

Other information

The path through the reserve provides impressive views of the gorge and ancient woodlands where rare plants such as globeflower and toothwort grow.


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How to get there


From Denny, take the B818 west towards Fintry. The reserve lies along the banks of the River Carron, just north of the road at Fankerton village.

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Getting onto the reserve

Park in the car park at the western side of Fankerton. Follow the path down to the bridge over the River Carron to access the reserve.

Access restrictions

Take care on the paths along the gorge. Dogs must be kept under close control at all times.

Nearest town
Denny (2 mi / 3.2 km)
OS grid ref
Landranger map


About Carron Glen

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Wallacebank Wood
Cumbernauld Glen
Carron Dam

Local group

Links & downloads

Reserve leaflet

Reserve map


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