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Escape from it all in the Kilpatrick Hills and enjoy a taste of the Highlands on Glasgow’s doorstep.

A large broadleaf tree overhanging a dry stone wall

Expect spectacular views over Glasgow and the River Clyde. Keep climbing and you’ll be rewarded – on a clear day – with a panorama over Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

It’s easy to get here by rail, road, bike or bus and yet, once you’re on the trails, you can imagine you’re deep in the Highlands. The wildlife so close to the city might surprise you too – watch out for red deer, otters and osprey.

Forests to visit

View of a hilltop tree with city beyondCochno Hill

Head for grassy Cochno Hill, one of the Kilpatrick peaks, for a taste of upland wilderness and great views above peaceful Greenside Reservoir.

Cochno Hill

 

A loch surrounded by trees and reedsKilpatrick Braes

This winding track to Loch Humphrey is ideal for walking or mountain biking – watch out for waterfalls, waterbirds and wonderful views.

Overtoun House

 

Sunshine through autumnal treesOvertoun House

Wind through historic Overtoun Glen to the wild crags and woods above – and the chance of spotting Ben Lomond from the top.

Overtoun House