There he is, King of the Castle. This photo of him perched on the top of the King’s Knot mound was taken in October 2015, just 3 months after he came to live with me.
We used to visit here two or three times a week before I moved home. Now we’ve got acres of woodland behind the back garden, so Ledi has to suffer the indignity of being accompanied by a mistress in pyjamas and walking boots…although I do try to ‘upmarket’ the look with a cashmere wrap 😉
Back to the Knot. It’s a great little dog walking spot – assuming your pooch doesn’t need miles of exercise – and while the hound is ambling about, it’s a pretty good angle to snap the castle. At the back of the grassland is the Back Walk, a pathway that snakes up the edge of the castle rock, which has now got some rather groovy wood carvings dotted around. (I think Ledi might have weed on one.)
Getting there: From Stirling town centre, follow signs for Loch Lomond. There are a couple of lay-bys on the Raploch Road and always space to park.
Sat Nav: FK8 3AA
OS Landranger map: 57 STIRLING & THE TROSSACHS
Terrain: Paths and grass.
Nearest facilities: Loads in Stirling, but head down the A811 (signed Loch Lomond) for 10 minutes and at the Kippen roundabout, turn right and into The Woodhouse farm & coffee shop. Best coffee in Scotland and fantastic food. Although dogs aren’t allowed inside, they’re welcome on the decked area outside and the staff are very dog friendly.