Kilpatrick Hills

A taste of the Highlands on Glasgow’s doorstep

Escape from it all in the Kilpatrick Hills, just 9 miles (14.5km) from the centre of Glasgow, for great hill walking, bike-riding or peaceful lochside picnics.

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 ospreys.

You can keep up to date with everything happening in the Kilpatrick Hills on our shared Woodland Trust Facebook page.

Please note: It is with regret that due to operational delays, we have had to extend the original work schedule. Felling and timber removal activities will now continue in the area, until 23rd March 2018. This will result in  there being no access along the John Muir Way through Merkins Forest during this period. We do appreciate your patience and understanding whilst this essential work is completed. Please use the John Muir Way cycle route (PDF 1.18MB) as an alternative. The path around Burncrooks Reservoir will remain open during works. The map provides details of the diversion route and further information can be obtained from the

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Cochno Hill

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


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Kilpatrick Braes

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


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Overton House

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



Woodland creation

Starting in August 2016, works will begin to create a new woodland in the Kilpatrick Hills. As part of the work there will be fencing installed, ground cultivation, grass cutting, tree and shrub planting, chemical weeding and pest control. 

The main tree planting work will take place over three phases across the next three years with foundation works being completed in spring 2019. Phase one will see trees planted on the Kilpatrick Braes and deer fences installed. This will not affect access to the hills. 

We will be working with contractors Highfield Forestry to ensure there is as little disruption to public access as possible.