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13 miles, 20.8 km
Average time to complete:
5 hours' walking, 2.5 hours' cycling


This leg is a 13-mile stretch, one of the longer sections, but most of those miles are flat and easier going than the previous two sections.

Head off from Strathblane, following the old Strathkelvin Railway Path, to Clachan of Campsie underneath Cort-ma Law hill and then onto Kirkintilloch’s rich, historic town centre for elevenses. Here you join the Forth and Clyde canal, enjoying flat terrain on the old towpath before encountering your first Roman Fort at Bar Hill (on the walking route). 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 pub, so why not stop off for food or a floating overnight stop?


This section mainly follows an old railway path on tarmac and a level canal towpath. At Twechar the route splits in two: walkers head up and over Bar Hill up a fairly steep path to the Roman fort. Cycling on the soft surfaces at the protected Bar Hill archaeological site is not permitted, so the waymarked cycling route is the better option for cyclists, staying on the flat canal towpath all the way to the marina at Auchinstarry, just outside Kilsyth.


There are several narrow bridges along the Strathkelvin Railway Path and a couple of busy road crossings in Kirkintilloch. Otherwise, if you keep to the canal towpath through to Kilsyth, this section is fully accessible by most people. The protected status (as well as some narrow kissing gates) restrict most of the route over the Antonine Wall between Twechar and Auchinstarry to pedestrians only.

For detailed information about potential access restrictions along this section, see the Accessibility Storymap.

Getting There

By rail: the route can be accessed at the Kilsyth end from Croy train station, 1km from the trail.

By bus: Strathblane is covered by the X10 Glasgow-Stirling route. The 88C bus service links Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch and Lennoxtown.

By car: there is a small car park opposite Strathblane Parish Church and at eastern end of this section at Auchinstarry Marina.

Points of interest

The Auld Kirk Museum

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

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Mugdock Country Park

This expansive park with great views has a ruined castle, art gallery, cafe and a network of woodland trails to explore.

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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.

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Lenzie Moss Local Nature Reserve

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

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Kirkintilloch Town Centre

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

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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 Marsh Local Nature Reserve

The Marsh is an open area of countryside, including ponds and large areas of grassland, home to birds including lapwing and skylarks.

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Cort-ma Law, Campsie Fells

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

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Bar Hill

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

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