Key:
Routes:

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, 20.8 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.

Visit Website
The Auld Kirk Museum

Kirkintilloch houses one of Scotland's smallest 4-star visitor attractions – the Auld Kirk Museum.

Visit Website
Mugdock Country Park

Large country park with historic buildings, lochs, ponds, woodland and hills with restaurant, shop and business facilities.

Visit Website
Merkland Local Nature Reserve

Merkland is a mosaic of woodland, wetland and grassland with open water and burns developed on a former colliery site.

Visit Website
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.

Visit Website
Lenzie Railway Station

Visit Website
Lenzie Moss Local Nature Reserve

Visit in summer to enjoy the range of butterflies and dragonflies.

Visit Website
Kirkintilloch Town Centre

Kirkintilloch is a historic and strategic town. Latterly it produced internationally-recognised red telephone boxes.

Visit Website
Dunglass Hill

This volcanic plug sits right beside the path near Strathblane and although not as high as the nearby Campsie Fells, is still worth a quick ascent to catch the view of the surrounding area.

Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve

The Marsh is an open area of countryside, including ponds and large areas of grassland.

Visit Website
Cort-ma Law, Campsie Fells

A popular walk to a well-loved summit above Lennoxtown via the Crow Road car park.

Visit Website
Colzium Estate

Visitors can explore the many trails and splendid gardens, and also view the castle ruins on the estate.

Visit Website
Bar Hill

The highest fort on the Antonine Wall, containing the foundations of the headquarters building and bath-house.

Visit Website

Facilities

  • Wheelcraft - Bike Servicing and Parts

    Visit Website
  • West Highland Wheels - Bike Hire

    Providing mobile bike hire services in Milngavie, Drymen, Balloch, Strathblane & Kilsyth, including one-way hire.
    07031985411

    Visit Website
  • 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.

    Visit Website
  • Kilsyth's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.

    Visit Website
  • Cycle Wize Parts and Servicing

    0141 775 3722

    Visit Website
  • Campsie Glen Gallery and Coffee Shop

    01360 313049

  • The Boat House

    Restaurant & accommodation
    01236 807480

    Visit Website

Accommodation

  • Twechar Farm Bed & Breakfast

    01236 823216

  • The Boat House

    Restaurant & accommodation
    01236 807480

    Visit Website
  • 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.

    Visit Website
  • Kirkhouse Inn, Strathblane

    01360 771771

    Visit Website
  • Kincaid House Hotel, Milton of Campsie

    0141 776 2226

    Visit Website
  • Glazert Country House Hotel, Lennoxtown

    01360 310790

    Visit Website
  • Finglen House B&B

    01360 310279

    Visit Website
  • The Coachman Hotel

    01236 821649

    Visit Website
  • Stoury Bothy

    07789 551707

    Visit Website
55.985230,-4.305830
https://johnmuirway.org/assets/routes/walkingRoutes/3a02d9237f/3-Strathblane-to-Kilsyth-WA.txt
https://johnmuirway.org/assets/routes/CyclingRoute/3da6ea44f9/4-Kilsyth-to-Falkirk-WA-v2.txt