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Head into the hills above Old Kilpatrick to reach tranquil Loch Humphrey. The historic hill tracks that criss-cross the Kilpatrick Hills are ideal for walking or mountain biking. Watch out for waterfalls along the way, spot waterbirds on the loch or simply sit back and soak in the views over Glasgow and the central belt.
There are no formal trails here but the forest road that climbs up to the loch is easy to follow, if steep and - occasionally - quite muddy.
There are cafès and shops in the nearby village of Kilpatrick.
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
Kilpatrick Braes Car Park (which is run by the local council) can be accessed from Mount Pleasant Drive, Kilpatrick, itself accessed via Station Road at the junction with the A82. The walking route to the Kilpatrick Hills is well signposted from here.
For direct access to the offroad path (drop-off only, no parking), head along Station Road, under the A82, veering left when the road forks. The path begins about 500 yards along this road on the right, between two old stone gateposts.
G60 5LX is the nearest postcode for Kilpatrick Station. G60 5HN is the nearest postcode for the junction at the start of the route up to the hills.
The walking route is signposted from Kilpatrick train station. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
A woodland and riverside beach beneath Erskine Bridge
Grassy peak with views over Glasgow and the central belt