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Milngavie to Killearn

posted 14 Apr 2010, 14:10 by Andrew Conway
The Proclaimers have surely sung the line "from Milngavie to Killearn" -  well, probably not, but it's a thought. Another beautiful day and another walk. This time along the West Highland Way.

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I parked the car in Milngavie and set off along the footpath which is set into a curious cutting. Curious for a footpath, but not for a railway line - this cutting took a small branch line from Milngavie station to the extensive Ellengowan paper mills. Both that line and the mills are long gone now.

The route then took me through the western edge of Mugdock country park and then along the western shore of Cragallian loch. This area is home to the "Carbeth hutters" - folk who have creatively maintained an assortment of small, temporary-looking homes and fought off more than one attempt to have them evicted. Most "huts" now seem to sport PVC double glazing and look very homely indeed.

After grinning and bearing a short stretch along a road, I was rewarded by a view of Dumgoyne and a vista of a fine glaciated landscape - drumlins being the most obvious feature. At this point I passed close to a group of standing stones. Unfortunately they aren't really visible in my photos or in google earth. In fact most of the stones have fallen down.

The next stretch of the walk is along another old railway line, one that connects with the Kelvin Valley Railway line that I walked along two days ago (see earlier post). The former station buildings at Dumgoyne are now a pleasant spot to have lunch and slake (what a great word that is) one's thirst after a lengthy walk. A little notice employing quite a bit of artistic license notes the history of the railways and the large water pipe that runs along side it.

From there I climbed uphill along a road called Drumbeg Loan which is lined with fabulous country houses, including one or two thatched mansions. Killearn is a pleasant and affluent little village and sports a giant obelisk dedicated to the memory of local boy George Buchanan, the 16th century historian and humanist scholar. From there I caught the hourly bus back to Milngavie. Travelling through small country roads on the top deck of a double-decker being driven slightly too fast was a very fitting way to end this superb walk.

My phone's GPS app "My Tracks" says I walked for a total of 2 hours and 46 minutes and was stationary for only 8 of those minutes (presumably accumulated time taking photos, as I didn't stop for a rest once). In that time it says I covered 14.9 km, averaging a speed of 5.6 km/h. If only it could  register the level of enjoyment and mental regeneration I experienced.