Clackmannanshire has a rich mining history and many signs of this heritage are still visible. None are so impressive as Gartmorn Dam, lying at the heart of the local 370 acre Country Park and Nature Reserve.
The 170 acre reservoir was engineered by Sir John Erskine, the 6th Earl of Mar, to power the pumps which drained his Sauchie mines. The water power his project provided was the catalyst for Alloa's industrial development.
Today Gartmorn is a peaceful retreat for people walking, cycling, horse riding or picnicing. An orienteering course is also available - please ask at the Visitor Centre or contact us using the details below.
There is an extensive path network throughout the "Wee County" and the park links many of these routes with local communities.
The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is an important site for migratory wildfowl in the winter months. Many birds also live at Gartmorn all year round and breed here in the summer time.
To view the features and pathways in and around the dam, please view our page entitled Map showing features of Gartmorn Dam.
The Fieldfare Trust have produced a Phototrail of the circular route around the dam. A map and detailed disabled access information is available on their website.
Their volunteers are mapping Medal Routes across Scotland. As the routes become available Ramblers Scotland will be updating their information so that the routes can be printed.
The park gates are open from 8.30 am until dusk every day.
Dam Good Coffee at Gartmorn Dam is located in the old visitor centre.
Enjoy coffee and food from their cafe or takeaway kiosk in the glorious setting of Gartmorn Dam Country Park. With both indoor and outdoor seating, horse and dog parking, and fabulous food and coffee.
Free parking near the Visitor Centre and main footpaths.
There are a number of easily accessible areas. Other areas may be accessible with assistance, including the circular route around the dam.
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000