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Milngavie Travel Blog› entry 1 of 9 › view all entries
Not the most exciting or fascinating place,but might as well begin with the part of town I live in :-D.
The name Milngavie ( it's pronounced Mill-Guy) , comes from Scots Gaelic, and you've guessed there is a mill here. Basically just a commuter suburb now, most of the generally light industries having long since moved away. Originally though as a village it had a bleach works and a paper mill. It has a small river running through it called The Allander, which flows into the River Kelvin and from there goes into the River Clyde.
Probably one of the better areas around Glasgow, though it has population of just 12,000, and one of the most expensive areas for property in Scotland.
Has a regular bus service from the city to all parts of the town, and 4 trains an hour to the railway station that is in the town centre, 2 from Queen Street and 2 from Central .
If known at all outside of Scotland, Milngavie is probably best known now as the start of The West Highland Way walking route, which ends 95 miles away in Fort William, but the route takes in Loch Lomond and Glencoe. People normally walk it over the course of 5 days on average, and there are a series of bunkhouses, hotels and B&B's all along the way.
It is right on the outskirts of the Glasgow conurbation, so from here you are straight into the countryside. Loch Lomond,one of Scotlands biggest tourist attractions ,is just 20 minutes away by car, so obviously we never go there :-D . Honestly must be about 10 years since I made any effort to go there :-O, though I have driven past it, and it is something hopefully I will rectify over the coming weeks and months.
Going out the other way across the moors, it is 2 1/2 miles to Mugdock Country Park, which has a visitors centre and plant nursery. this is the site of Mugdock Castle, which had gone to ruin but has now been partially restored.
A little bit on from there you reach the base of the Campsie Hills. The most prominent of these is an extinct( hopefully) volcano called Dumgoyne, and it can be picked out from almost anywhere in Glasgow where you get a clear line of sight. TravBuddy Huib knows where it is ;-), there is a distillery at the bottom of it :-D
Milngavie is home to the three resevoirs that serve Glasgow's water supply, and the water is fed into them from Loch Katrine, and for a long section the pipe is overground and runs alongside the West Highland Way .
Sports wise there is a council run sports centre, 2 gyms, 4 golf courses,2 Bowling Clubs, a tennis club, a hockey club and two archery clubs. It is home to one of the oldest Scottish Rugby teams, West Of Scotland, who play at Burnbrae. On top of that, and best for me ;-), is that it is home to Rangers Football Club's training complex at Auchenhowie.
The town centre has suffered badly in recent years, sine the opening of a large Tesco supermarket, but it still retains a village mentality, and is hanging on,just, and still retains a choice of independant shops for most products. The centre is pedestrianised, and there is a big clock in the centre of the precinct.
Pubs have declined over the years and from six we are now down to three. Biggest sacrilege was whenthe town centre Black Bull Hotel and Bar, an old coaching inn, was taken over by Marks and Spencer, who were to convert it into one of their smaller food outlet stores, but it was proving difficult until a gable wall was ''accidently'' knocked down makin a lot of the structure unsafe.
Very few old buildings survive here. The Cross Keys pub is still in it's original location and the 18th Century Corbie Ha',an old farm building, is still used for functions and is home, and practice rooms, for the local pipe band.
On a quirkier historical note, Milngavie was the setting for an early monorail ( Railplane) experiment in 1930. The inventor George Bennie set up a prototype, and section of rail that ran above the existing railway lines, with the cars being driven by propellors. I think it looked brilliant, and you can check it out in a short clip in the Scottish Screen Archive where there is a 47 second clip http://ssa.nls.uk/film.
Looking to the future, a bid has been proposed to hold the 2020 Olympic Games in Milngave, even got a logo - A Quabbit :-D , some fuuny stuff on the site http://www.marcfisher.co.uk/milngavie2020/index.shtml . Some funny stuff in it, read the official events map and Badminton, but the bid did get the support of local politicians :-D http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7343174.stm
I've made a start, hopefully add some more pics in over time