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Glen Finglas loop

Glen Finglas loop

Length
25.3 Kms
Elevation gain
931.3 m
Max elevation
597 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
*****
Type
Loop
Route id
504
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
6.5 Kms
Dirt road
18.8 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
0 Kms
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Directions to start point
A lovely looping run up past the reservoir. A lot of climb but well worth it and one of our favourite runs. The route starts off from the car park outside the community centre and heads along a single tracked road. There is small car park further up the single road just before the hill. A tee in the road marks the start of the first climb up above the reservoir on a windy road.
You are then in tree lined road for a kilometre or so before coming out into the open glen. The reservoir on your left and the hill in the distance in front of you. The road turns to a dirt road and stays that way until returning. However this is a well made path used by 4x4s. After a distance a crossing over a small burn marks the start of the main climb which also offers brilliant views. This is one of those routes that seems to change a bit every time you run it. We suspect this is due to the fact that it's hard to take it all in on one run. From the top part of the trail, it's a mixed downhill (mostly) then flat and minor up back to the reservoir. From there a simple follow the way you came.
You sometimes see people on this route, but generally you have it on your own so take appropriate safety measures. The variety on this route makes it a wonderful run and even the downhills are not too steep or technically difficult to stop a full speed ahead run. The weather can be an issue along with ice so be prepared to retreat if conditions dictate.
Enjoy
Route directions
Kms
1
From the car park head up the small tarred road away from the main road.

0
2
At the junction where the forest car park is take the road up the hill on the right.

0.9
3
Over the small bridge and the road turns to a dirt track.

3.3
4
Follow the trail as it skirts round the reservoir

3.4
5
Keep on the main path

4.9
6
Along side the burn and enjoy the view of the climb ahead.

8
7
Over the foot bridge, or get your feet wet crossing the ford.

8.8
8
Start of the main climb section, take your time and look back for the views.

8.9
9
A flatish section, make the most of it as there is more climb coming.

9.7
10
More hill, but this is the last main up section.

11.4
11
Top of the hill, well done and nearly all down from here.

12.6
12
Follow the track as it opens out in front of you.

17.7
13
Turn left and return onto track you came out on.

20.3
14
Turn left and head back to tthe car park

24.5
15
And finish ... now for something nice in the Brig O Turk tea room

25.3
Car park
Glen Finglas loop. The small car park just ourside the community centre.
The small car park just ourside the community centre.
Information sign
Glen Finglas loop. Welcome to the Glen Finglas Road
Welcome to the Glen Finglas Road
Reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. First sight of the reservoir from close to the dam
First sight of the reservoir from close to the dam
Reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. Looking up from the dam.  At viewpoint located at the top of the first hill
Looking up from the dam. At viewpoint located at the top of the first hill
Reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. Looking back at the dam
Looking back at the dam
Reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. Dam in early winter
Dam in early winter
Reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. View of the dam
View of the dam
Out of the trees
Glen Finglas loop. The glen opens up as you leave the tree lined section of the road
The glen opens up as you leave the tree lined section of the road
Out of the trees
Glen Finglas loop. Early winter across the reservoir
Early winter across the reservoir
Out of the trees
Glen Finglas loop. One of two pictures from almost the same spot.  Every run, it looks different
One of two pictures from almost the same spot. Every run, it looks different
Out of the trees
Glen Finglas loop. Early views once out of the trees on a misty morning
Early views once out of the trees on a misty morning
Towards the top of the reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. Looking back at the reservoir towards the dam
Looking back at the reservoir towards the dam
Towards the top of the reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. A still morning for the run
A still morning for the run
Towards the top of the reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. Geese taking in the waters of the reservoir
Geese taking in the waters of the reservoir
Misty morning
Glen Finglas loop. Good hardcore road
Good hardcore road
Almost at the main climb
Glen Finglas loop. Final part of the reservoir
Final part of the reservoir
Almost at the main climb
Glen Finglas loop. One of the locals wondering why you are in such a hurry
One of the locals wondering why you are in such a hurry
Almost at the main climb
Glen Finglas loop. Road stretching out ahead
Road stretching out ahead
Views and sheep
Glen Finglas loop. Usually lots of sheep and a few cows to keep you company
Usually lots of sheep and a few cows to keep you company
Views and sheep
Glen Finglas loop. Blue sky and white hills, as tunning morning for a run
Blue sky and white hills, as tunning morning for a run
Views and sheep
Glen Finglas loop. The small burn after heavy rainfall
The small burn after heavy rainfall
Views and sheep
Glen Finglas loop. Marker,  this is where the path returns to.  This route takes the left path.
Marker, this is where the path returns to. This route takes the left path.
More from reservoir top
Glen Finglas loop. Looking back
Looking back
More from reservoir top
Glen Finglas loop. Pano view, as we iPhone users say
Pano view, as we iPhone users say
Hill ahead
Glen Finglas loop.  A climbing outlook
A climbing outlook
End of reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. In early winter
In early winter
End of reservoir
Glen Finglas loop. A still day
A still day
Early climb
Glen Finglas loop. Keep the gates closed
Keep the gates closed
Early climb
Glen Finglas loop. Mist on the hills ahead
Mist on the hills ahead
The big locals
Glen Finglas loop. Be careful though they are very well mannered
Be careful though they are very well mannered
The big locals
Glen Finglas loop. Approaching the big climb
Approaching the big climb
The big locals
Glen Finglas loop. The cows now in the distance
The cows now in the distance
Wee bridge
Glen Finglas loop. Or you can paddle across the ford if that's the kind of person you are
Or you can paddle across the ford if that's the kind of person you are
Wee bridge
Glen Finglas loop. After the wee bridge, how good can a route get
After the wee bridge, how good can a route get
Wee bridge
Glen Finglas loop. Keep going up
Keep going up
And up
Glen Finglas loop. Start of the main uphill section
Start of the main uphill section
And up
Glen Finglas loop. Looking back
Looking back
And up
Glen Finglas loop. Again looking back but further up
Again looking back but further up
And more up
Glen Finglas loop. Take time of look back
Take time of look back
And more up
Glen Finglas loop. Ice and hard snow starting to appear
Ice and hard snow starting to appear
And more up
Glen Finglas loop. Yes, we can run that
Yes, we can run that
And more up
Glen Finglas loop. Back down the glen
Back down the glen
And more up
Glen Finglas loop. Another pano
Another pano
And more up
Glen Finglas loop. One from a very wet day
One from a very wet day
And more up
Glen Finglas loop. OK, so sometimes the view is a bit hidden
OK, so sometimes the view is a bit hidden
And even more up
Glen Finglas loop. View improves with the height
View improves with the height
An almost flat bit
Glen Finglas loop. Stretch those legs before next climb
Stretch those legs before next climb
Top of the hill
Glen Finglas loop. A small cairn marks the top of the hill
A small cairn marks the top of the hill
Top of the hill
Glen Finglas loop. Out in the middle of nowhere
Out in the middle of nowhere
Back down from the top
Glen Finglas loop. Easy down hill section
Easy down hill section
View down the glen
Glen Finglas loop. Road stretches out for a long way
Road stretches out for a long way
View down the glen
Glen Finglas loop. Here comes the rain
Here comes the rain
View down the glen
Glen Finglas loop. Final pano
Final pano
Loop end
Glen Finglas loop. Getting towards the end of the loop.
Getting towards the end of the loop.
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