During the festive break in Scotland, we had one sunny morning when the rain stayed away and the gale force winds had finally subsided, so we grabbed the opportunity for a quick outing.
Despite having visited the area on many, many occasions over the years this was the first time I had walked to Glen Finglas to look at the dam and the reservoir. Glen Finglas is in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and in the mid 1960s a dam was built at one end, the valley was flooded, and a reservoir created to serve the city of Glasgow. There is parking near the small tea room in Brig o’ Turk (sadly closed over the winter, so there was no opportunity for a warming hot chocolate after our exertions) and from there the walk to the dam is an easy stroll.
We have a view of snow covered Ben Venue in the distance as we set off along the road.
We pass an information board which tells us about the poet, author, social thinker and artist John Ruskin and a group known as The Glasgow Boys. Click on the picture to read all about it.
In 1853 Glen Finglas was the setting for a scandal surrounding Ruskin and the artist John Everett Millais – a scandal which rocked the British art establishment and Victorian society and which involved a painting and an affair… You can read all about it here. Our walk takes us past the red-porched house in Brig o’ Turk in which Ruskin and his wife probably stayed during that summer.
As we approach the dam, our surroundings change from rugged woodland on either side of the road and the tumbling waters of the river to manicured grass – it is quite a contrast.
Following the path round to the left we make our way up onto the dam itself and are afforded beautiful views of the reservoir and surrounding hills.
If you enjoyed this walk and have some energy left, you might like to join Jo’s Monday Walks.