Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest.
The route alongside the reservoir has been diverted due to safety issues. Please follow signage to take the higher route across the reservoir.
Our staff are currently working to remove trip hazards.
It's a fairly strenuous climb to this grassy peak above Greenside Reservoir, but you will be rewarded with a surprising sense of remoteness, as well as spectacular views over Glasgow and the central belt. On a clear day you may even see all the way to the Pentland Hills, Ben Lomond and the Trossachs.
There's about a mile of tracks leading up to the reservoir and back, which are a mix of forest road, stone paths and rough grassy tracks.
Look out for some ruined buildings. They are all that’s left of sheiling huts – summertime homes for farming families, who would bring their stock up into the hills for the good grazing.
Public toilets, places to eat, drink and shop at nearby Clydebank.
There is no charge to park at this woodland. Please park with care and consideration, and do not block pedestrian and vehicles access points.
Cochno Hill is at the northern end of Cochno Road, off the A810 near Faifley. Park at Auchnacraig car park, owned by West Dunbartonshire Council. Take the Cochno Road turning off the A810 just west of the Hardgate roundabout (beside the Goldenhill pub). Continue for about ½ mile (800 metres) until you reach a fork in the road. Take the right fork for the car park, about ½ mile (800 metres) further on.
Note there is no vehicle access to the site as the entrance is a private road, please use the Auchnacraig car park if travelling to the site by car. From the council car park, turn right and walk along Cochno Rd for approximately ½ a mile. A sharp right turn takes you up the privately owned Cochno Farm access road; please respect the local residents. ¼ mile up this track brings you to the Cochno Hills access through the wooden pedestrian gate. This path leads to the reservoir where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views.
G81 6PU is the nearest postcode for the car park.
Local bus services travel along Faifley Road, on the north side of Faifley. Pleasant footpaths lead to the Cochno Road car park ½ mile away. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
Open grass meadows, ponds and panoramic views
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