The Campsie Fells are a range of volcanic hills set to the north of Glasgow and have long provided a perfect escape for folk from the city. Largely gentle and rolling, the hills nevertheless have some fine rocky escarpments, and their western outlier Dumgoyne has a fine outline that has made it a familiar landmark. West of the Campsies are the lower Kilpatrick Hills - with the spectacular Whangie rock formation; to the east the fells merge with the Kilsyth Hills whilst north lie the less visited Gargunnock Hills. All provide worthwhile hillwalking within easy reach.
Though the influence of man is always evident, the area has great variety - with farmland, open moors, steep-flanked glens, attractive woodland and sparkling burns.
|Campsie Glen, Clachan of Campsie||0.85km||30 minutes|
|Downie's Loup waterfall, Gargunnock||4km||1 hour|
|Carron Valley Reservoir shore trail||4.25km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Tomtain, near Kilsyth||3.5km||1 hour|
|The Whangie, Kilpatrick Hills||4.5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Cort-ma Law, near Lennoxtown||9km||3 - 3.5 hours|
|Meikle Bin, Carron Valley||10km||2 - 3 hours|
|Croy Hill and the Antonine Wall, near Kilsyth||10.5km||3 - 4 hours|
|Lang Craigs Circuit, Dumbarton||14km||3.5 - 4.5 hours|
|Kelvin Walkway: Glasgow to Milngavie||17km||4.5 - 5.5 hours|
|Dumgoyne and Earl's Seat, near Killearn||10.75km||3 - 4 hours|
|Duncolm and the Slacks, Old Kilpatrick||15km||4 - 4.5 hours|
|Carleatheran and Stronend, near Kippen||23.25km||5 - 6.5 hours|
|The West Highland Way||150km||8 stages|
|The John Muir Way||212km||10 stages|
|Scottish National Trail||864km||6 weeks|
David Lintern pays his respects at the Craigallian Fire memorial.
"After last month’s pilgrimage to the birthplace of British conservation all the way up in Torridon, I wanted to take a look at something much closer to home, but just as significant in our shared outdoor story..."