Why Alva Glen is a Gem of a Walk?
If you don’t have any plans for your day off-work then why not visit Alva?
But first… Where is Alva?
Alva is a small town situated beneath the Ochill Hills. It has some interesting places where you could have nice time. You can play golf in Alva golf club, or take a walk in Cochrane Park where your kids could have some fun on the playground.
There is also Johnstone Park with Highland Games held in July, funfair and many compelling events.
It’s easy to get to Alva and it’s not that far from Edinburgh (38 miles, one hour drive) or Glasgow (33 miles, 40 minutes driving). You can check the route by typing FK12 5EA in your navigation.
When you arrive you will notice Ochill Hills immediately, unless it’s a foggy day. They are hiding the big treasure of this town which is Alva Glen. We recommend you to visit Alva Glen as it will for sure satisfy you with its story and breathtaking landscapes.
Beautiful Walk with Waterfalls
It’s effortless to get to the starting point of the trail that will lead you through this Glen. All you have to do is drive to the crossroads of Stirling Street and Brook Street and head up all the way until the end of the Brook street- at the end, you will find a car park especially for the people visiting Alva Glen.
The path itself isn’t arduous, if you walk with baby carriage don’t worry, you should be fine. Most of the time the path should be made of rocks and soil, but if it did rain it can be a bit muddy.
On the way, you will pass by the charming pond but before that, the walk takes you next to McArthur Braes falls (built in 1924!). After that keep following the path to the glen, cross the bridge and turn left to visit the first viewpoint for the falls. Make sure you take a photo! Keep
Then you will have to turn left on the T-junction and walk under pipes that goes all the way down to the Alva. These pipes used to carry fresh water for people living in Alva. Just keep going and the glen will reward you with waterfalls surrounded by nature.
Unfortunately, Alva Glen is not well
The Tomb at Alva Glen
There is an interesting story that happened in this glen – during Christmas in 1912, James Murdoch “uncovered the remains of a human skeleton which had been buried in a natural cavity in the rock.” Then it turned out it was a skeleton of a dwarf.
This story gets even more interesting because two days later Mr. Murdoch came back to this place to see the grave again and… massive stones collapsed on him and killed him.
The way to the Smugglers Cave
When you will pass by Zig-Zag Path keep following to iron seat to discover an amazing view down the glen.
The landscape looks more like some kind of a tropical forest – for sure not your typical Scottish view! At this point you will be no longer in the forest- take extra care if you have children with you – hills are quite steep.
At the end of the path, there is a Smugglers Cave – you can go down to it and check it out. Although we don’t recommend going there with young children as the path is very steep and may be slippery.
Inside the cave, you will see a small waterfall. There is another one deeper inside, just you won’t see it unless you enter the water- we were not brave enough to do so, but if you will be – send us a photo!
See it all for yourself!
You can come back to Alva with the same path or you can take Pate Road and if you keep going down you will finally arrive
That’s pretty much it! If you want to see how it looked from our perspective- we did record a video of our trip in Alva Glen: