Strathblane to Kilsyth

Strathblane to Kilsyth

Strathblane to Kilsyth
This leg is a 13-mile walk, one of the longer sections, but it has some lovely open stretches on good surfaces. Head off to Clachan of Campsie underneath Cort-ma Law hill and then onto Kirkintilloch’s rich, historic town centre for elevenses. Here you join the first canal stretch, enjoying flat walking on the old towpath before encountering your first Roman Fort at Bar Hill. Take some time out to recreate in your imagination the ancient settlement and rest weary legs after that steep pull up to the summit. Auchinstarry Marina hosts a great eco-pub, so why not stop off for food or a floating overnight stop?

 Path Quality

This section mainly follows a refurbished railway path and a level canal towpath. Although the route crosses through Kirkintilloch, it uses an off-road path

At Twechar the route splits in two: walkers head up and over the Antonine Wall, taking in the Roman Fort at Bar Hill. Although it's a steep track, cyclists can use the walking braid but AVOID riding on the soft surfaces at the protected Bar Hill archaeological site. Otherwise cyclists can stay on the canal towpath all the way to the marina at Auchinstarry.

The public toilets are situated at the Co-operative in Lennoxtown, Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre, Twechar Healthy Living Centre and Clachan of Campsie.

 

Overview

Key things to note about this route section.

Distance
13 miles, 21 km
Average time to complete
4 hours' walking, 2.5 hours' cycling

Points of interest

Thomas Muir Heritage Trail
18km in length running from Clachan of Campsie by Lennoxtown to Huntershill, Bishopbriggs, the route offers a great walking or cycling experience.
The Auld Kirk Museum
Kirkintilloch houses one of Scotland's smallest 4-star visitor attractions – the Auld Kirk Museum.
Mugdock Country Park
Large country park with historic buildings, lochs, ponds, woodland and hills with restaurant, shop and business facilities.
Merkland Local Nature Reserve
Merkland is a mosaic of woodland, wetland and grassland with open water and burns developed on a former colliery site.
Loch Ardinning Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve
Loch Ardinning is a visitor-friendly wildlife haven with 142 hectares of varied habitat, including wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. The loch itself supports a number of wintering and breeding wildfowl and is rich in invertebrate life.
Lenzie Railway Station
Lenzie Moss Local Nature Reserve
Visit in summer to enjoy the range of butterflies and dragonflies.
Kirkintilloch Town Centre
Kirkintilloch is a historic and strategic town. Latterly it produced internationally-recognised red telephone boxes.
Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve
The Marsh is an open area of countryside, including ponds and large areas of grassland.
Cort-ma Law, Campsie Fells
A popular walk to a well-loved summit above Lennoxtown via the Crow Road car park.
Colzium Estate
Visitors can explore the many trails and splendid gardens, and also view the castle ruins on the estate.
Bar Hill
The highest fort on the Antonine Wall, containing the foundations of the headquarters building and bath-house.

Facilities

Wheelcraft - Bike Servicing and Parts
The Tea Room at the Twechar Healthy Living Centre
The Tea Room sits within the Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre, offering homemade soups and baking as well a hearty meal or a snack.
Kilsyth's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
John Muir Way Baggage Transfer Services
01324 879172
Gemini Walks - Tour Operator
Providing guiding services along several long distance routes.
Cycle Wize Parts and Servicing
0141 775 3722
Campsie Glen Gallery and Coffee Shop
01360 313049

Accommodation

TWECHAR FARM B & B

01236 823216

THE BOAT HOUSE RESTAURANT AND INN, Auchinstarry

01236 829200

Spotty Dog Campsite

This site has been specifically setup for walkers doing the John Muir way. The hosts ARE animal friendly, have toilets on site, fresh water is supplied, they have a rainwater pot wash, fire pits, Undercover cooking area and a small shop. Booking is essential as their campsite is small and has a limited amount of pitches. PRICES are from £6.50per person.

KIRKHOUSE INN, STRATHBLANE

01360 771771

KINCAID HOUSE HOTEL, Milton of Campsie.

0141 776 2226

GLAZERT COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL, Lennoxtown

01360 310790

COACHMAN HOTEL

01236 821649