How to get to the Kilpatrick hills

Start point: Station Rd, Old Kilpatrick. Limited parking available.

Start point (Station Rd, Old Kilpatrick)

End Point (Loch Humphrey)

Walking the Kilpatrick hills with my dog

I went to the Kilpatrick hills today with my dog Ruby and a my favourite flask filled with coffee.  I was recommended this walkon the advice of a fellow dog walker who I met last week.  Spending a lot of time walking at the beach in Erskine I see the Kilpatrick hills everyday and often wondered what it would be like to walk up there.  I was surprised how easy and how quick it is to get there from Bishopton – just 5 minutes once you get over the Erskine bridge and you’re there.

Before I set out I checked the weather forecast, dry all day with the clouds breaking at lunch but the temperatures were low so I wrapped up, put on my thermals, cashmere hat, scarf and gloves.  But I shouldn’t have bothered!  Walking uphill soon warmed me up and just 15 minutes into it I was getting too warm, thankfully I had my bag to put my gloves, scarf and hat in, but with a big heavy jacket all I could do was unzip it too try to stay cool.  Really, it’s just like walking up a flight of stairs for a couple of miles and a great form of exercise.

As we climbed up the hill the views were great with plenty of other walkers and walking groups around, we could see Bishopton, Erskine, Langbank, Clydebank, Glasgow and loads of other places.  Near the top the path gets steeper and it’s a bit of a killer getting up the last part but once it leveled out I found that I was crossing over to the other-side of the hill and now the clouds had gone showing Loch Humprey surrounded by hills bathed in sunlight.

At Loch Humphrey I spoke to a walker who was sitting at the edge of the Loch having lunch.  He was from Dumbarton and a very keen walker.  He had been walking since the morning and walked up several of the hills including Fynloch which if you get to the top you can see Loch Lomond.  Apparently around 30 walkers had headed that way but I wasn’t going that far.  Loch Humphrey is a very beautiful place and Ruby enjoyed her cool swim .  I was tempted to walk on but wanted to come back better prepared for a longer walk.

The walk back was nice and easy and it was kinda funny seeing people going through the burn I had went through as I walked up.

Some pics…


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