As you walk through the birch and oak woodland away from the road, there’s a great feeling of air and space. We’ve planted new saplings on what was once farmland, so over the next few years there’ll be more forest here, stretching towards Gleniffer Braes.
The gentle slope of the hill leads up to expanding views of Paisley, Glasgow and the Kilpatrick Hills, and at the southern edge of the site you can continue to the Brandyburn waterfall, a popular local beauty spot. Altogether there are 2 ½ miles (4 km) of paths here, mostly wide with gravel surfaces and two boardwalks. There are gentle slopes with two short steep sections, and there are gates to get into the wood.
There are shops, places to eat and public toilets in Johnstone.
Mountain biking trails
Get fit and have fun
With easy access by train and bus to neighbouring Bluebell Woods, Windyhill is a great venue for walking groups or health walks.
This is also a place where we can organise Forest School events, introducing young people to the wildlife of the woods as well as fun activities like shelter building. Get in touch if you’d like more information about formal events here.
How to get here
It’s easy to walk to Windyhill from Johnstone, Elderslie or Cochrane Castle. If you want to get here by car, there is parking for two or three cars on Auchenlodment Road, at grid reference NS 434 613.
PA5 0SP is the nearest postcode.
The forest is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from Johnstone railway station, and there are bus services along Rannoch Road to the edge of the woodland. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
Bluebell Woods is the forest next door. It makes a great extension to a visit to Windyhill. If you’re looking for more space to stretch out in, head for Gleniffer Braes Country Park or the wilder countryside of the Kilpatrick Hills across the Clyde.
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