2.7 of 5 (18 votes)

The Campsie Fells above Strathblane

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Stirlingshire, Scotland, about 13.40km (8.33 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 539m (1768ft)
Descent 556m (1824ft)
Max. Elevation 570m (1870ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1095m (3592ft)
Strathblane, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Distance 13.40km
Duration ~5:30h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 15 Jan 2012
The Campsie Fells make for a great day trip from Glasgow. Regular buses run to Killearn and Strathblane, where this walk starts and finishes, and once you have negotiated the steep flanks of the fells, you can wander for miles on the plateau.

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OS Grid NS525857
Take the bus to Killearn. Regular buses from Glasgow.
OS Grid NS531858
Follow Ibert Road to Ibert Lodge, then follow the track through Kirkhouse Wood.
About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid NS542844
Upon leaving the wood, head up the slopes to the track near Machar Burn.
About 1.73 km (~1.07 miles) from
OS Grid NS553836
It's a steep ascent up to Garloch Hill. There's a few little craggy bits near the summit, but nothing unavoidable.
About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from
OS Grid NS573843
Follow the northern edge of the Campsie Fells as it weaves in and out. The views north look over to the Trossachs, one of my favourite walking areas of Scotland (hint: head here afterwards, not back to Glasgow!)
About 2.09 km (~1.3 miles) from
OS Grid NS569837
You can follow the northern edge and then drop down to Lennoxtown, which also has buses back to Glasgow. But if your inner demons demand you bag peaks, head to the Earl's Seat, the high point of the Campsie Fells and a Marilyn. It has a trig point, useful for navigation in bad weather.
About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid NS572814
A good way down is via Drumbreck, which overlooks Fin Glen.
About 2.32 km (~1.44 miles) from
OS Grid NS576796
Head south off the hill to pick up the track.
About 1.83 km (~1.14 miles) from
OS Grid NS579789
No need to walk back along the road; cross over and follow the track back to Strathblane.
About 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid NS562792
Finish at Strathblane, on the same bus route as Killearn. The Kirkhouse Inn is the place for a post-walk drink.
About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from

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