One of several strangely eroded rock fromations on the slopes of the Lomond Hills, John Knox’s Pulpit is an outcrop of grey sandstone with a waterfall and stream running through the gorge.
There was once a cave at the foot of the cliff which was reduced in size by a major rock fall in 2004. John Knox’s Pulpit is still in a hazardous condition and the pathway leading directly below it has been closed for public safety.
Though the 16th-century church reformer John Knox (c.1513-72) is not known to have visited Glen Vale, the natural amphitheatre formed by this outcrop of sandstone was used as a secret meeting place by Presbyterian Covenanters who held conventicles or church services here in the late 17th century.
Due to the current popularity of this site, we ask that you respect the Outdoor Access Code when visiting. We also ask that if you arrive and the car park is full, please move on and visit another time. Respect our countryside, take all litter home and stay safe.