Starting from the lifting bridge over the Forth & Clyde Canal, the trail follows the main road through the village, passing multiple terraced miners cottages. At the war memorial, the trail takes a sharp left following heritage signage onto a rough track and climbs uphill with views across fields to the left and woodland to the right.
The trail continues along this path and, after a farm gate across the track, begins to climb more steeply. The route is well sign posted for the John Muir Way and gradually the views become more expansive across to the valley beyond to the northwest and the village to the southwest. The entrance to the Barr Hill Fort area is accessed through a gate then along an unsurfaced path, and provides an ideal stopping point with further views and interpretation panels. The trail then continues past the Fort area to the Coach Road path, which loops back towards the village downhill through denser woodland and past Copeny’s Den.
This path emerges onto the Main Street near to the Board Burn and from there the trail turns right to follow the Main Street back towards the canal. The Main Street provides interest with sandstone villas and the red sandstone Twechar Parish Church.
If you turn left at St Johns Way, you can make a short detour to the Twechar Healthy Living Centre where information, toilets and a cafe are available.
The trail then continues along the main street, passing again the war memorial, and doubling back for a short distance to return to the starting point at the canal bridge.
Ascent and Ground Condition
Mixed, paved surfaces, unsealed surfaces
Bar Hill Fort
Visit the site of this Roman ruin on the line of the Antonine Wall
Twechar Healthy Living Centre
Why not pop in for a cup of tea at the end (or start) of walking the trail!
nearest Trail Hub Kirkintilloch
William Patrick Library facilities – Parking, Toilets, shops nearby
Please be aware there are no QR plates installed along this route.