Finnich Glen in Stirlingshire, is a short, steep glen up to 70 ft deep which runs east from Finnich Bridge on the A809. It was carved from the red sandstone by the Carnock Burn.
It features a circular rock known as the Devil’s Pulpit and a steep staircase knows as the Devil’s Steps, build around 1860.
The Devil’s Pulpit is a a short 70ft steep Glen near Drymen. Although many consider it a ‘hidden gem’, it’s really easy to get to and can easily be done on a boring Sunday afternoon. Why not get out and about, explore?!
The Devil’s Pulpit is not only great for a little walk/exploration, but it also holds a bit of Scottish history and culture. Legend has it that it was the meeting place of the ancient Druids and somewhere where Satan himself preached to the monks.
The truth forcing spring scenes in episode 6 of Outlander were filmed at Finnich Glen, The Devil’s Pulpit.
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Devils Pulpit in Stirling just North of Glasgow is an interesting place to photography. It’s a 100 feet deep gorge and the water looks like it runs red, I think this to something to do with the rock formation there as the water picks it up and gives the look as it’s running a very dark red.
I’ve visited a couple of times now and to get the best shots you really need to wade up through the river. So I would recommend some waders or swimming shoes as the ground is pretty rocky.
There is a large stone set in the middle which is the pulpit which rumour has it was used for sacrificing upon.. animals or people I don’t know, truth or rumour I don’t know.
There is easy parking on the road Drymen on the A809 very close to the small bridge and path that leads to the Devils Pulpit and if your going to photograph the location don’t worry about sunset and sunrise as you are set down within the gorge you won’t benefit from the light. Best time is during the day so it is bright I would recommend an ND filter to slow your shutter speeds down to get some nice flowing long exposure water effects but failing that a small aperture i.e. f22 and lowest ISO would be the way to go.
The location has been used in some TV programmes its a little tricky to get down to the river as its a very steep drop down and some makeshift stairs and rope have been placed there which does help. Sometimes it does get busy here so I would best avoid weekends if the sun is shinning. But well worth a visit.
The other week I headed back to the Devil’s Pulpit in Scotland with my wife and a couple of pals who had been wanting to see it for a while. Even though I’ve been before still damn hard place to find. Nearest Postcode is G63 9QL, you need to park in the wee pull in at the road by the wee bridge and walk down the path jumping over the barb wire. When you do get to the steps that lead down it’s still a mission getting down the stairs and I would not recommend trying on a wet day. Fortunately on this visit we had glorious weather.