Mugdock Country Park and Kirkintilloch Loop

This circular route includes the Glasgow suburban town of Milngavie, Mugdock Country Park, Kirkintilloch, a section of the Forth & Clyde Canal and the banks of the River Kelvin. It is mostly on designated cycle tracks but there are sections on minor roads and on the Kelvin Walkway.

From Kirkintilloch, follow the Forth & Clyde Canal path for about 12km towards Glasgow until the steep downhill incline at Maryhill Locks. Immediately at the bottom of this incline, turn left to reach the Kelvin Cycle Way. This follows the east bank until it reaches Dalsholm Road. Thereafter follow the Kelvin Walkway signs which take you along Dalsholm road to Maryhill Road, which you cross and enter the park opposite.

Cross the park and then turn left onto Caldercuilt Road. Follow this north until it becomes a track which returns you to the east bank of the Kelvin until you reach the A879. The path then follows a loop in the river (which is quite narrow and partly overgrown) back to the A879. Alternatively, you can follow the A879 itself for 1.2km (care needed) until it crosses the river again.

Pick up the walkway (now the Allender Walkway) which follows the south bank of the Allender to Milngavie and enter the town centre. Find Mugdock Road which heads north out of the pedestrianised area and goes up the hill to the South Lodge entrance to the Country Park (don't take the earlier tracks from Drumclog car park). Follow the park map to the Visitor Centre, where freshments are available.

Then follow the park maps to the east car park and the minor road to Strathblane. From Strathblane find the entrance to the Strathkelvin Railway Path (turn right off the A871 to Lennoxtown, 200m from the village centre), then follow the old railway path which runs gently downhill past Clachan of Campsie (refreshments) and back to Kirkintilloch.

Things to see and do

Natural attractions:

  • River Kelvin
  • Campsie Fells
  • Dunglass Hill

Visitor attractions:

  • The Forth & Clyde Canal
  • Mugdock Country Park
  • Mugdock Castle
  • Maryhill Locks
  • Kelvin Canal Aqueduct

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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