Gorge walking in Stirlingshire – a wonderfully wet day out for all the family! These group sessions near Gartmore just outside Stirling are suitable for everyone with a bit of an adventurous spirit from the age of 8.
You and your fellow gorge walkers will all meet at the adventure centre in Gartmore. After meeting your instructors you’ll get kitted out with all the necessary gorge walking gear that’s to say a wetsuit a helmet and a buoyancy aid. After that you’ll be transported to the start of the gorge walk. Being located on the edge of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park you’re surrounded by water sources in this part of Stirlingshire; from the River Forth to Keltie Water and Ward Burn. That means you don’t have far to go to get to the departure point of your gorge walking adventure.
When you get there it’s just as you’d imagine a gorge walk in Stirlingshire to be. The fast-flowing clear water tumbles over grey granite rocks gushing along the gorge lined with overhanging trees. It’s all pretty idyllic and makes for the perfect initiation into gorge walking. In essence you’ll be swimming climbing scrambling (and maybe a bit of shuffling at first as you get your confidence) along the water course. Your instructor will lead the way and they are great at encouraging you to literally step out of your comfort zone without pushing you beyond your limit.
One of the best bits of these sessions is the river tubing. You basically clamber into a big rubber ring and let yourself ride the waters. It’s sure to have you laughing out loud as you get bumped and bounced along – and as you can imagine kids just love it.
Having successfully made your way down river there’s one last challenge for you – the jumps. Keep your nerve remember what your instructor told you and then take the leap into the swirling waters. It’s a totally exhilarating way to round off your gorge walking in Stirlingshire!