The Devil's Pulpit

The Devil's Pulpit, Stirling: Address, The Devil's Pulpit Reviews: 4/5

The Devil's Pulpit
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Andy & Maz
Birmingham, UK95 contributions
Mixed feelings…….
Sep 2021 • Couples
We found details of this as a hidden gem to visit whilst we were in the area. We arrived around 10am and parked where we thought was an appropriate parking place- a makeshift car parking area near the main road junction.
There is no signage to direct you to the Devils Pulpit and in fact it appears to be fenced off with areas of fencing that have been broken down to gain access. We followed a well worn path and hoped for the best. Gut instinct took us down into the gorge, you need to be part mountain goat, very brave and have very good agility to make it down to the bottom. Once down there, it is STUNNING, Mother Nature at her finest, a beautiful gorge with the water running red due to the peat content… well worth the scramble.
HOWEVER, there are piles of discarded clothing and rubbish left by selfish individuals who have no respect for their surroundings or of others, I have no clue who they think was going to clean up after them GRRRRRRR!
We crossed the water and climbed back up the opposite side, when walking across the top of the gorge we came across the official set of ‘steps’ leading down to the gorge, higher upstream than we had been. Now please, when I say steps…..these are now just lumps of stones that have been washed out of place and are no safer than scrambling down the bank, in fact more climbing was required to get back up these, but if you can manage it then it’s worth the effort!
Reading past reviews since our visit I am not even sure that this place is officially ‘open’ or not! It’s beautiful but dangerous and you need to be suitably prepared for muddy, slippery ground underfoot!
Written 26 September 2021
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Shayne M
Aberdeen, UK168 contributions
Awful
Aug 2021 • Couples
What a dive. A cess pit full of jobbies and litter.
Litter strewn all over the place by ignorant neds and tourists thinking they can treat Scotland's countryside like a junkyard.
Scunnered the local authority allows it to stay in this condition and appalled they let it get so bad in the first place.
Loose steps, rubbish everywhere and very limited parking which is pretty much a mud pit too.
What an absolute hole of a place...literally.
Written 29 August 2021
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Aisha & Saky
Rochdale, UK6 contributions
quirky place to visit
Aug 2021
Lovely quirky place to go to. Never seen anything like this in my life. Very different. Take suitable shoes as it is quiet slippery. We had wellies on but still got wet i would recommend aqua shoes which are more suitable and wear a pair of shorts and t-shirt as you will get wet further you go. At the back of the pulpit there are two water falls. Unfortunately i did not bring my swimming gear otherwise would have carried on with walking and swimming to see what was further at some points water can come up to your chest depending on how tall you are.
Written 29 August 2021
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Georgie
Cardiff, UK6 contributions
Beautiful, unusual gorge, but very hard to find!
Aug 2021
A hidden gem of a place, very unusual due to the red colour of the river. It's worth visiting but parking and finding your way to the steps is very difficult!

There is very little parking, and the council will dish out fines to anyone parking anywhere they don't want them to (including in laybys, as we found out!). I would recommend putting "Finnich Glen" into Google Maps, and this will take you to the (very small) car park on the corner of the A809 and B384.

Once you arrive, as others have said the steps down into the gorge itself is not at all where you think they will be! Jacob's Ladder is actually on the other side of the gorge from the carpark, so you have to walk over the bridge on the A809 to get to the steps. Walking down from the car park, when you get to the forest lining the gorge you want to go right, NOT left (as it would appear you should do). You will reach the road, and you have to cross the bridge (there is pavement here). Once past the bridge, there is a gate on the left you pass through, then simply follow the path along the gorge until you reach the steps.

The steps are essentially blocks of stone, and it's a bit haphazard getting down into the gorge - I would recommend wearing walking shoes. When you reach the bottom, the views are stunning with the unusual red colour of the water! It's possible to wade upriver to look at the waterfalls, the water reaches knee-deep in some places but we clambered along the side and only got our shins wet.

It really is a stunning place, but the parking and signposting is severely lacking, resulting in many people getting lost (and I would imagine many accidents!). If you cannot find room in the car park, PLEASE make sure you aren't parking in front of a farmer's gate or on the yellow lines as this appears to be a major problem around there and it is a very busy, fast road. The local council seems very opposed to anyone visiting, so even parking in a layby with a "Welcome to the Devil's Pulpit" sign we got a parking fine! There was a lot of rubbish left by visitors, which was a huge shame since they must have driven to visit. Overall it was worth it for the views, but the facilities were not adequate for somewhere that frequently visited.
Written 18 August 2021
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K09d
2 contributions
Do not come. Not safe
Aug 2021 • Solo
Please do not come here! I live in the local area and have witnessed the weekly attempts from the emergency services to save people from the walk. There is no proper path or steps and what is there is now being severely eroded. The river narrows just before the pulpit so it can flooded extremely quickly and many people have become trapped. There have been so many car crashes due to the irresponsible parking of visitors. Please respect the area and think about these things before you come. As a community we do not want to hear any more horrible stories of people being injured or tragically dying.
Written 17 August 2021
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Caroline P
3 contributions
Great place ! But it’s not a bin !
Aug 2021 • Solo
Great place ! But when you visit TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME! It’s not your personal rubbish bin ! Respect our heritage please!!!
Written 5 August 2021
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Rachthereviewer
Chelmsford, UK31 contributions
Amazing gorge but a devil to get to!
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were told by a friend to go visit with not much detail on what to expect. First off parking a bit of a nightmare and we just pitched up by the side of the road next to a field. Next obstacle how to get down to the gorge there are no clear signs and you could tell by the pushed down fences and broken trees people had tried many a routes to get down. Main bit of advice is keep the gorge on your left side and walk round until you come to steps. I use the term steps loosely as it is basically bits of rock forced together. There is a rope but still make sure to wear proper shoes. Once down it is amazing with all the red rock and the water all around. Make sure to bring towels as the water can come up to your knees in places, shoes you don’t mind getting wet or like protective sandals as it is very pebbly and rough underfoot. Then it is back up those steps agin to get back. Overall glad we did it but more planning and some sign posts would have made it a lot more enjoyable.
Written 4 August 2021
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Caroline
London, UK132 contributions
Beautiful Gorge
Aug 2021 • Couples
The gorge is stunning but only accessible if you are pretty fit. The stone steps down are steep and pretty slippery. We visited early in the morning and had the place to ourselves. A paddle in the water is very refreshing. Well worth a visit!
Written 2 August 2021
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mark393
Milton Keynes, UK9 contributions
Spoilt by litter
Jul 2021
Such amazing potential but completely destroyed by the litter which is strewn everywhere. Scotland is neglecting it's natural beauty and it's shameful that the one litter bin was overflowing. More Devil's rubbish tip than pulpit!!
Written 31 July 2021
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Susan M
Glasgow, UK128 contributions
Evening walk
Jul 2021 • Family
We arrived here in the evening and got a space to park at on the side of the road but not on the double lines. There is a very small car park but think unless you were very early in the morning or in the evening you wouldn’t get a space.
The stairs down to it is very dangerous but we went a different way over an empty field which was much easier.
Make sure you are wearing suitable shoes for the water as your feet and up to your knees will get wet.
It is very nice and my children enjoyed playing in the water as it was a very hot evening.
Although its a shame with the amount of rubbish people leave behind including clothes. It really spoils a lovely area.
Written 25 July 2021
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