Tired of walking along the canal every weekend or taking your pooch to the same park in town? We have picked our top 5 favourite walks that are easily accessible from Glasgow and give you the feeling of escaping to the countryside, without having to book accommodation.
Ultimately we could go on FOREVER so feel free to contribute your favourites too!
The Whangie and Queen’s View
Only 30 minutes from Glasgow and 10 minutes from Milngavie, the Whangie is a bizarre rock-feature in the Kilpatrick Hills, and has amazing views towards Loch Lomond, the Highlands and the Campsies. The whole walk via the Whangie to the summit is about 4.5km and takes less than 2 hours. It’s also a lovely place to watch the sunset or find the Northern Lights during winter.
Route and directions available here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/glasgow/the-whangie.shtml
Ok a windfarm is not always at the top of everyone’s list but this is the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, just 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre. There are 130km of trails to explore past the 120 turbines. There’s also a café, visitor centre, specially designed mountain bike trails and on a clear day you can see over to Arran. It’s really a cracking day out for all the family, and is open Monday-Sunday 10-5pm.
For more information and events, see https://www.scottishpower.co.uk/whitelee/
OK, so Ben A’an is one of the most popular wee hills in the Trossachs, and standing at 340m and only 1 hour from Glasgow, it’s very accessible for those new to hillwalking. It’s a wee bit steep but it really does give the most magical views of Ben Venue and Loch Katrine. It’s also a great place to camp at the summit and get those Instagram-worthy shots. Start at the Ben Venue carpark in the Trossachs, north of Aberfoyle.
For route information see: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/ben-aan.shtml
Tinto Hill, Lanarkshire
Less than an hour from Glasgow, this lovely hill just south of Lanark has amazing views over the Clyde Valley. The path is well maintained and it takes about 2 hours to complete. It’s 10 minutes from the lovely town of Biggar for a nice pub lunch afterwards, or to take the kids (*parents) to the amazing adventure playground!
For directions see: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/glasgow/tinto.shtml
King’s Caves, Arran
Ok so this one involves a car and a boat to Arran but it’s worth it. There are some beautiful walks on Arran – Goatfell, Glanshdale Falls – but we love the walk through the woods to King’s Caves, one of a few locations said to be where Robert the Bruce had his spider encounter. It’s a beautiful route through woods and along a dramatic coastline to the large caves, taking about 2 hours at a meandering pace! Stop off at the distillery or the cheese shop on the way back to the boat! And be sure to book ahead – cheaper prices mean the boat is often fully booked for cars.
For more information, see: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/arran/kings-cave.shtml
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