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Welcome to the Kelvin Valley

Come back and visit us again from time to time
to learn more about this lovely part of Bonnie Scotland. 

The A B C s
of the Kelvin Valley

Martyr's StoneMARTYR'S STONE
Just outside Kirkintiloch on the main road to Kilsyth is the stone which commemorates the death of two martyrs John Wharry and James Smith who suffered 'unto death' for their faith on 13th June 1683.

The Meikle Bin is a popular hill for climbing and has fine views from the top. It can be reached from Queenzieburn or Balcastle via Corrie , Birkenburn Reservoir and Black Hill. The walk is suitable for the experienced walker, taking 6 hours for the round trip.

Situated between Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch, Queenzieburn lies up the hill to the north of the main road. A small community in its own right, it has splendid views to the south over the valley to Castle Hill.

Further west down the valley from Kilsyth lies the village of Twechar. It is the next crossing place over the canal west of Auchinstarry. The bridge here has been replaced with a modern replacement as part of the canal renovations. From Twechar to Kirkintilloch the road follows the canal with fine views over the bird-rich wetlands in the Kelvin Valley lying at the foot of the Kilsyth Hills.

THE WELLSHOT The Wellshot 
Looking West
An area within south Kilsyth and just north of Auchinstarry and the River Kelvin. It is mainly a collection of older cottages and borders the countryside and old sandpits where Orange Tip butterflies are found.

It was not far from here that a crowd numbering 1000s listened to the Christian preachers during one of the revivals.


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