More than a little time ago I did a route a
couple of times at Mugdock so I thought
I would add it to the site as it was a
pleasant little outing.
It starts at the Mugdock visitors centre,
past Graigend castle and exits Mugdock
at the south car park right uphill on
tarmac for 250m then off left onto a
footpath (not the West Highland Way,
although that’s good too).
The footpath joins a track and goes round to Board
then east to Strathblane, onto the A891 for a few
yards then down to the cycle track on the old
The old railway is left at Lennoxtown uphill to the
right to Muirhead and the forest, this can be done
on the rough track, rather than the tarmac road,
from MR 630774. It's still a fair climb but more
After the open area and mast go left down to the
north edge of the old quarry at Blairskaith
(MR595757), this part is the highlight of the route.
You can do a loop in the forest before this by going
right at the open area into the trees, however I
recommend returning to the mast before continuing.
See The Canal below for a route extention.
Continue west by North Blochairn across the A81 (right then quickly left) back into Mugdock.
Mugdock has a small wooded area south of the bigger mugdock wood where there are a number of
single tracks to thrash around (best in a dry spell).
The Whangie is to the north west of Mugdock access to which is from the track beginning at
MR525790 off the A809 going up the line of crags from the junction at MR493794 and follows the
line of crags with a nice descent along the north down to Queens view car park with a great view of
Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond.
The aquaduct track. On the east side of Stathblane above the A81 is a track following the aquaduct
this can be followed from Blanefield with a return back along the West Highland way although there
are many gates..
The Canal additional 12km and 80m climb
On the east side of the quarry is a rock track descending past Blairskaith and by minor road to
Balmore south east across the Kelvin to the Forth Clyde canal, cross the canal and take the track
along its south side recrossing to Winderness plantation and along the scrappy track on its south side
then out to the minor road to the A879 then onto the Kelvin walkway. I got tired of the stiles and left
the walkway at the roundabout using the pavement. I found a nice track round the edge of the golf
course but am not sure where it starts, it certainly isn't the obvious route on the map past the house
at (MR568739) but may be at (MR566741) finish by following the minor road to (MR574763) and
back into Mugdock.