Kilmannan and Burnbrooks

With a distance of about 7 miles, this walk, which lies between Carbeth and Queen’s View, starts at the Eden Mill Farm Shop.

A forest track takes you up to Kilmannan reservoir. Passing this reservoir on its eastern edge continue on to the Burncrooks reservoir. After a circuit of this reservoir on a well-constructed walking path, pick up the waterworks road for the return journey to the farm shop car park. Part of the walk uses the John Muir Way.

Starting Point for the Walk:

Edenmill Farm Shop car park – OS Reference NS 514 793.  The postal address for the Farm Shop is: Stockiemuir Road, Carbeth by Blanefield, G63 9AX.

Getting there: 10 miles/35 minutes

Take your favourite route towards Bearsden (A809) and on the northern side of Bearsden turn right onto the Stockiemuir Road (A809).  Continue past Carbeth and at Auchengillan turn left (just past a parking area on the right) onto a narrow road     (signed for the farm shop) with a 15mph speed limit.  Continue for about 400m until the car park.  Note: watch out for ‘speed bumps’,  pedestrians and other road users!

The Walk:  Burncrooks & Kilmannan Reservoirs – 7.2 miles (11.5 km) – Undulating

From the parking area, return to the gates of the car park and back up the road for about 100m.  Note the house with scaffolding on the right and then turn left through more gates noting the John Muir Way (JMW) marker.

Continue on this tarmac path for about two kilometres to a junction – the JMW indicates to go left.  However, keep straight on and shortly arrive at the end of the dam of the Burncrooks Reservoir.  The path now descends to the right and curves round to the left to meet a stony track.  Turn left, in a southerly direction, onto the JMW.  Alternatively, cross the dam and follow a very muddy path for about 50m that climbs up to meet the aforementioned stony track.

Continue on this stony, undulating track until reaching the east side of Burncrooks Reservoir.  At the junction of paths, the JMW goes left but turn right at this point and after a short distance, at a T-junction, turn left and go through a metal gate.  The path descends to the banks of Kilmannan Reservoir.  Near the dam the path leads away from the reservoir.  Continue through Greenan Glen, with Auldmurroch Burn on the right, for a couple of kilometres, ignoring paths going off to the right, until the path meets the JMW again.  Turn sharp left and continue on the JMW, in a north westerly direction, until back at the Edenmill Café car park.

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