A Kilsyth Scotland Visitor Attraction
The Kilsyth Hills dominate the skyline to the north of Kilsyth. The steep escarpment is fairly continuous for twelve or thirteen miles, from the Strathblane Hills to the west, the Campsie Fells north of Glasgow, north of Kilsyth at altitudes of well over 1,000 ft (300 metres) before descending again to the the Carron Valley to the north and east. The higher hills include Laird's Hill (1394ft), Tomtain (1486ft and Garrel Muir (1502ft).They offer excellent hillwalking and birdwatching opportunities for all the family, and have even inspired some locals to poetical outpourings!
- possible walks
(1) Good approaches from A803, Kilsyth Main Street up the Tak-me-Doon rd. Park by the golf club and follow path by the burn.
It is possible to take in the two hills to the left as well as Tomtain (453m), the most easterly of the tops, in a good afternoon; views to the East.
(2) Drive on to the junction (9km) of the B818 road to Fintry and go left, following Carron Valley reservoir to the far corner where there is a forestry road to the left. Park here and follow track to ascend Meikle Bin (570m) to the right, the highest peak in the central Campsies.
(3) The village of Fintry is a good start/base for the Fintry Hills and Earl's Seat (578m).
(4) Campsie Glen - a sliver of glen in the hills. App via Clachen of Campsie on A81 (decent tearoom) or from viewpoint high on the hill on B822 from Lennoxtown-Fintry. This is the easy Campsie introduction.
Links: a fine site for the great Scottish outdoors is http://www.highscotland.co.uk/
Mineral wealth - Jasper
The Kilsyth Hills are also known for their fine semi precious gemstones, which may be found in the hills above the towns of Strathblane, Lennoxtown and Kilsyth in Stirlingshire. Jasper from this locality is normally blood red or yellow and has been prized by lapidarists because of its fine grain. It cannot be said for certain when jasper from this locality was first worked, but the nearby valleys of the Rivers Blane and Kelvin are rich in Celtic and earlier sites.
In the late 18th Century, the German mineralogist Rudolf Erich Raspe was reported to have found red and yellow jasper in the vicinity of Corrie near Kilsyth. The “Statistical Account of Scotland” of 1845 also noted in its entry for the parish of Strathblane that “Jasper is found abundantly in the hills…”. Since then, jasper has been extensively collected in the Campsies.