Stirling Council has implemented a temporary closure at Finnich Glen in response to public safety concerns.
A map showing the temporary exclusion area around Finnich Glen

From 00.01am on Saturday, 27 June until 11.59pm on Wednesday, 1 July, members of the public will not be allowed to enter Finnich Glen – also known as the Devil’s Pulpit.

The measure has been put in place through an Exclusion of Access Rights legal order in consultation with the land owner and Stirling Area Local Access Forum.

Cllr Jim Thomson, Environment & Housing convener, said: “This is a strong measure to tackle a serious problem.

“We are blessed with many rural beauty spots across the Stirling Council area but the influx of day trippers to this location in particular is causing a serious risk to public safety.

“Our hand has been forced by this and, in response to the landowner’s request, we are formally prohibiting public access to Finnich Glen with this temporary order.”

The step comes after Stirling Council also implemented temporary road closures with local access only on the B837 at Drymen and Bracklin Road in Callander. This was followed by a prevention of parking order at Dalvey Road in Callander.

Those closures have now been extended.

Cllr Danny Gibson, vice convener, said: “I share the sense of relief that has come from the restrictions eased in Phase 2 but it’s not open season – far from it.

“Our car parks are still closed, our public toilets are still closed and it’s clear there is no infrastructure to handle the influx of people at rural beauty spots like Finnich Glen.

“People are risking their lives, and the lives of others, by abandoning their cars on corners and bad bends, then leaving all their rubbish behind for someone else to clear up. It is an utterly disgraceful set of circumstances and we have been left with no choice but to take action to protect public safety.” 

You can read the legal document for the Exclusion order here.