Stage 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bannockburn to Carronvalley 

                      

Your guide will meet you in the King Robert Hotel at 9 am for a welcome meeting, before visiting the Bannockburn Heritage Centre. After leaving the Bannockburn Heritage Centre we head towards and pass through the small quaint village of Chartershall, before some minor road and forest track. The first few miles of this walk is steeped in history, this is where your guide will recount, not one battle but two battles, one more famous than the other. A gentle climb uphill on forest tracks and paths brings us to peak of Lewis hill 266m (872ft), there are fantastic views of North Third reservoir and to the Callander hills in the west, where on a clear day you can see as far as Ben Lomond.  The last few miles walking to Carronvalley are on minor roads and forest tracks through undulating farmland.                                                                                                                                              Walk details: 13.6km/8.5 miles approx. 5-6 hours  380m/ 1247ft ascent