Dumyat, Ochil Hills
8th May 2022
An easy hill walk with great views of Stirling and the geology of the Midland Valley, and an interesting variety of lava flows and volcanic debris as we climb to the summit of Dumyat.
THE ROCKS: The geology here reflects the big story of the Midland Valley of Scotland, with the rocks found of either side of the Ochil Fault representing two different chapters of the geological evolution of the area. The older rocks, found to the north of the fault, are volcanic lava flows that form the Ochil Hills. To the south of the fault, much softer, younger sedimentary rocks have been scoured away and are now hard to find; within the layers of sedimentary rock harder bodies of younger igneous rock form prominent features in the Stirling area.
THE WALK: starts on flat ground, and walk through the grounds of Stirling University to pick up a steep path through the woods towards the main ridge of the Ochils, stopping on the way to enjoy the view! Once above the trees we follow the main path to the summit of Dumyat. From the summit we retrace our steps to the start point. Total distance 10 km, with 500 m of ascent. This is classified as a Moderate Walk: not always on paths, may be rough or slippery underfoot at times. It may be wet, windy and cold. Come equipped with strong footwear, good waterproof clothing, something to eat and drink.
MEETING POINT & ROUTE: Meet at the large car park for the Logie Kirk Cemetery, on Hillfoots Road, Blairlogie 1 km north-east of the Wallace Monument. Grid reference: NS817966 | Nearest Postcode: FK9 4LB | What3Words: rashers.hobbies.commutes | Route Map.
An event in Geoweek 2022 – a UK-wide initiative to introduce geology to the general public