Abbey Craig Path Works
This project aimed to improve access to the Wallace Monument and a planned IFLI interpretation beacon through the ancient woodland, up to the Abbey Craig summit, providing an attractive route for the site’s high number of visitors which will help to protect valuable habitats and site users from traffic on the access road. Works took place in autumn 2017 and you can download and read the final project report from the downloads section of this page.
Improve accessed will benefit all site users as the upgraded paths encourage people off the road and provides a clear route to walk along. Abbey Craig and Wallace Monument attracts a large number of tourists and visitors throughout the year. Over 90,000 visitors from 80 different countries visited in 2014 (the most recent figures available).
Although a lot of these may be quick visits from foreign nationals on whistle-stop tours of Scotland, a lot of site users are local and repeat visitors including runners, cyclists, dog walkers and walkers. Residents, students and employees from Stirling University Innovation Park use the Abbey Craig paths for recreation.
Before and after photos courtesy of Claire Bird, Stirling Council. A document showing all before and after photos can be downloaded from the downloads section of this web page.
The works were led by Stirling Council and undertaken by Landcare Solutions. Thanks to Stirling District Tourism who manage the Wallace Monument, Legends Coffee House, the Visitor Centre and landowner the Cowane's Trust.