Dog walking the Kilpatrick hills

by | Feb 23, 2013 | Dog Blog | 3 comments

How to get to the Kilpatrick hills

Start point: Station Rd, Old Kilpatrick. Limited parking available.
Directions for car are HERE or get the train to Old Kilpatrick which is just a 5 minute walk from the hills.
Weather forecast for Old Kilpatrick is HERE.

If you’re older or not so fit a hiking stick might make the top a little easier.

Walking the Kilpatrick hills and onto Loch Humphrey

I went to the Kilpatrick hills today with my dog Ruby on a cold Febuary morning.  I was recommended this walk on the advice of a Erskine rambler with his dog, I met near Boden Boo who’s a bit of a local dog walking guide.  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.  To get there is easy, either by train to Old Kilpatrick station or by car, parking on Station Road.

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 to the other hills and Overtoun House is within walking range but I 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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David Macphail

I used to climb that hill myself with my friends and family. It stood me in good stead for a life time of hard work. Since leaving Bradfield I have been a soldier, a firefighter and now at 62 im a police officer. Never struggled with fitness and can still clamber up a flight of stairs like a young thing. Loved those hills and still do.

anne Currie

I ‘m sixty eight years old and as children we knew every inch of these hills. We all came from big families and we spent hours with bread and jelly “pieces” and ginger bottles with NHS orange juice in them and we didn’t come home till dark. If you get the chance try and get over nearer to Dumbarton Behind the quarry and near Overton house this spring , the view is incredible and you will see the thousands of wild daffodils that were planted decades ago by the mother of Lord White also the absolutely fabulous rhododendron bushes……I’m a… Read more »

David Coyle

As your rightly stated the hill that is you said is a killer gets called killer. Its known by my family as bagpipe brae because once you reach the top your wheezing like a bagpipe