Carron Valley

Carron Valley Reservoir

Forestry and Land Scotland manage the land around the reservoir which is a well frequented beauty spot. 

Visitor Survey - Now Live! 

We're asking visitors to Carron Valley and North Third reservoirs to complete a short survey so that we can better understand visitor behaviour.

Tell us your likes and dislikes of the sites and help us identify the different user groups, visitor perceptions and any challenges to help inform action that will support responsible access.

We'll also use feedback about Carron Valley Reservoir to influence our work with Forestry and Land Scotland who manage the land around this reservoir. 

We’d love to hear your views! 

Take the Survey!

Give us your feedback by taking our short survey  - it only takes a few minutes!

Click here to take the survey
Carron Valley Map

Popular Locations

Carron Valley and North Third reservoirs are both located in Stirlingshire.


Both located in Stirlingshire, Carron Valley Reservoir and North Third Reservoir are popular places for outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, dog walking and non-motorised water sports. Carron Valley Reservoir also offers one of the most scenic trout fisheries in Scotland. The surrounding area at Carron Valley is managed by Forestry and Land Scotland. 

Although North Third reservoir is no longer a drinking water source, the water held within Carron Valley reservoir supplies approximately 135,000 customers and many key business customers within the Forth Valley and surrounding areas.  

Take Care Be Aware

Read our 'Take Care Be Aware' leaflet if you are planning a visit to any of our reservoirs, rivers or lochs.

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Carron Valley Reservoir

Air Curtain at Carron Valley Reservoir

It's important to be aware of the dangers of entering the water.

Carron Valley Reservoir Air Curtain  

Here at Scottish Water, we work hard to provide clean, fresh drinking water for our customers. To help us do this, in March 2020, we installed a new piece of infrastructure known as an air curtain at Carron Valley’s eastern dam. 

This benefits water quality by releasing pressurised air into the water to disperse potential impurities like manganese and algae.  

While this helps improve water quality, the pressurised air creates negative buoyancy in the water in and around the air curtain. As a result, the risk of drowning is significant as the lack of buoyance means anyone entering the water will struggle to stay above the water line. 

At this point of the reservoir there is also infrastructure below the water line which is not visible and could cause injury. Signage and buoys are in place at the reservoir to make visitors aware of these risks.   

We encourage anyone visiting any of our reservoirs to read and adhere to the safety guidance and be aware of the risks, especially those that are not immediately obvious. 

Please contact Carron Valley Fishery to buy permits for bank and boat fishing enquiries.