A Junction of ‘Ways’

Starting Point:

The start point is at NS 555744, the car park in Fulton Road adjacent to Milngavie Station.

The Walk: 10 miles (16 km)

Toilet facilities are available at Tesco near Milngavie station and at Mugdock Visitor Centre.

This is an undemanding ‘lollipop’ walk and is mainly on good wide paths.

Starting from the car park at Milngavie Station cross the busy dual carriageway to the centre of Milngavie and the signposted start of the West Highland Way (WHW).  Follow the WHW route out of town.  This section may have a few folks walking their dogs, but they are soon left behind as the route heads towards Drumclog Moor.  Leave the WHW at Allander Park to continue alongside the Allander river before rejoining the WHW.  Clear views of Dumgoyne are ahead.  This section heads towards Carbeth with beautiful views across Craigallian Loch.

On reaching the outskirts of Carbeth go right where the path forks and shortly afterwards take a sharp right turn (almost doubling back) onto the John Muir Way (JMW).  Where the JMW goes left at a T-junction leave the JMW by going right (towards Loch Woods) and then shortly afterwards take the track on the left and walk towards Craigallian Road.  Cross the road and enter Mugdock Country Park.  Cross an interesting bridge and walk past Gallowhill towards the Visitor Centre where toilets, coffee, ice cream and snacks are available.

Carry on past the ruins of the old house (with its interesting history) and the ruins of Mugdock Castle and continue past Mugdock Loch, with its swans and water lilies.  Then head through the Mugdock Wood (with its interesting paving poetry) and turn left to rejoin the WHW for the last couple of miles back to the starting point.

For a shorter walk, turn back at any point before Craigallian Bridge and retrace the outward route.

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