March 2022: Return of the Romans

This walk will be a return to a familiar area of Roman Scotland – the Antonine Wall. It was built around AD 142 and stretches for about 37 miles from modern Bo’ness on the Firth of Forth to Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde. We do not intend to walk the whole length!

The Clyde Coastal Path (aka the Ayrshire Coastal Path) runs from Stranraer to the Kelly Burn at Wemyss Bay. It was developed many years ago and, indeed, we have completed quite a few of the delightful coastal sections using the trains from Troon, Irvine, Prestwick and even Ardrossan. Recently, the Gourock Rotary Club took the initiative and raised the funds to extend the Coastal Path from Wemyss bay to Milngavie – a distance of 55 miles – so that walkers could continue on the West Highland Way to Fort William.

proved to be a bit an ‘eye-opener’!

At this stage the plan is to start the walk close to the site of the former Doune Railway Station. We will head past the nearby Doune Ponds then meander through some lovely woodland. In due course we pick up a section of the former ‘Callander & Oban Railway’ for a couple of miles. After walking through the eastern side of the town, we pass through the grounds of Doune Castle before picking up a path along the River Teith. The final couple of miles include some more woodland and open countryside.

The walk is planned to be a circular route and is expected to include Auchinstarry, Dullatur, Bar Hill Fort, Westerwood, Castlecary, Seabegs Wood, Croy Hill, and part of the Antonine Wall.

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