Carron Valley Forest Trails

Enjoy the beauty of Scotland in this beautiful forest area which surrounds the Carron Valley reservoir. Enjoy an easy family cycle ride or  rocket through the forest by mountain bike.

The area is bustling with wildlife and ancient history. Look out for the standing stones and a reconstructed Iron Age fort, and you’ll see endangered red squirrels in the trees, and ospreys, crested grebe, goldeneye, tufted ducks, tawny owls and barn owls.


Carron Valley is located south-west of Stirling and north-east of Glasgow, between Denny and Fintry.

Let’s Pedal

There are two routes at this stunning location.

The Loch Shore Trail is a leisurely family cycle ride 2.75 miles (4.5 km) around the Carron Valley Reservoir on hard packed gravel and earth.

The Red Route (hard) is single-track route of 5 miles (8 km). Stop at the top of the climb and admire the stunning panoramic views before tackling the great Eas Dubh (Black Waterfall) descent followed by the sweeping Cannonball Run. Finally, enjoy the Runway, a fast freeride descent packed berms, jumps, stone drop-offs and table-tops.

The Carron Valley Forest is managed by Scotland Forestry Commission.

Route Distance

RouteDifficultyDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Loch Shore TrailModerate2.754.5
The Red RouteHard58


You will find refreshments available at:

The Bunny Coffee Hutch near the main car park.

Picnic areas are available at four locations on the south shore of the lake.


Toilets are located at:

Main Car Park

Cycle Hire not available at this location.

Tourist information not available at this location.

How to get here

By Car

Carron Valley can be approached by the B818 via Denny from the east or Fintry from the west.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the trail at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcodeCost
Carron Valley Main Car ParkEast end of Carron Valley Reservoir
West of Denny in Stirlingshire
FK6 5JL£1 for up to 1 hour
£2 for up to 3 hours
£3 for all day
£12 for minibus and coach all day
Todholes Car ParkWest end of Carron Valley Reservoir
FK6 5JL£1 for up to 1 hour
£2 for up to 3 hours
£3 for all day
£12 for minibus and coach all day

By Cycle

The closest National Cycle Network (NCN) route is NCN 754 from Bonnybridge and then by travel on-road to Denny before heading west on B818 to Carron Valley.

By Train

Stirling or Cumbernauld.


  • Distance (miles): 2.75 - 5
  • Distance (km): 4.5 - 8
  • Start: Carron Valley Main Car Park
  • Finish: Carron Valley Main Car Park
  • Type: Forest Trail
  • Surface: Gravel, earth
  • Sat Nav: FK6 5JL


  • Car Park
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Cycle Hire
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Cycle Hire

Not available at this location.

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works – keep updated on the Forestry Commission Scotland website.


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