A few weeks ago I was up in Glasgow for work, meeting a bunch of lovely Scottish press and bloggers at the newly refurbished bareMinerals Glasgow boutique. As it was a few days before Marc’s birthday, we decided to extend the stay and have a long birthday weekend near Loch Lomond with some friends.
Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas are truly so beautiful that I will do a separate blog post on that but before you even get there, there is an incredible secret glen near Glasgow that you should stop off at.
Named The Devil’s Pulpit after the red waters and the stone that looks like a pulpit, it is a hidden gorge that can only be accessed by hopping over a wall along the A809 near Drymen. The only parking is a small layby just off the road that can fit around 4 cars but luckily when we went on an Autumnal Friday afternoon there was no one else there, making it feel even more of a secret.
Once you have hopped the wall (there is a shallow bit if you carry on up the road), you head through the forest and follow the sound of the waterfalls. The ground can get a bit muddy and slippy but the views along the way are beautiful.
Soon enough you will find a 200 year old staircase winding down to the gorge. Apparently known as The Devil’s Staircase (can you spot a theme?) it is quite slippy in places but there are trees and ropes to hold onto, as long as you don’t mind getting a little muddy.
At the bottom you feel as if you have entered another land. There are pools of red water thanks to the clay mud and stone, moss and vines winding up tall jagged rocks and complete quiet apart from the sound of trickling waterfalls.
If you explore some more, you will find personal messages, names and loving notes that have been etched into pebbles and lovingly balanced around the glen. We decided to be cute and add our own.
This was a beautiful spot that I would definitely recommend visiting if you are near Glasgow or Loch Lomond, especially in autumn when the golden and red colours are so vibrant and the area is less touristy. Let me know if anyone else has any recommendations of cool things to see and do in the area!
If you liked this, you might like the hidden tunnels of Sintra near Lisbon, Portugal.
The best 6 Euros you will spend!