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Over the golf course towards the Campsie Hills

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.

Road down to the village
Much of that has to do with the local schools, which are amongst the best state schools in the country for exam results .

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.

Out towards the moors
Never done it all, but have done various sections of it over the years. The official start of the route is marked with an obelisk in the town centre, and big arch to pass through as you set off on your 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.

The River Allander frozen over
Walking out into the moors from here you find some evidence of more recent contructions that are now in ruins. There was a zoo at Craigend, to which trams used to run from Glasgow, and along the way you will find a series of gun emplacements that were built to try and stop incoming bombers from reaching the shipyards on The Clyde.  

 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 .

Bench in the snow
Bizzarely though we don't get our own water from them as we found out when there was a diesel spillage into the one that we do get our water from. A new water treatmant plant was completed at the resevoir in 2008.

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.

Iron Bridge over the river
Not as interesting as the Hill Valley clock from 'Back To The Future' , but it was originally part of the Copland and Lye department store on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow, and was given as a gift to the town. What sort of person gives you a 20ft clock as a gift :-O ?

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.

West Highland Way route marker
Not a building but there is a small section of the Roman Antonine Wall, built as the defence for the furthest part of the Roman Empire. The section in Milngavie is stone, though most of the ''wall' was made from mounds of earth. In the end the Romans could not defend it against the wild Scots and fell abck to Hadrians Wall in the north of England :-D

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.

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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

Africancrab says:
Congratulations of being featured.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2010
sarahelaine says:
congrats! I have an ex boyfriend who lived in Kilmacolm. :)
Posted on: Jan 14, 2010
Koralifix says:
Congrats on being featured today! Good on you!
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Over the golf course towards the C…
Over the golf course towards the …
Road down to the village
Road down to the village
Out towards the moors
Out towards the moors
The River Allander frozen over
The River Allander frozen over
Bench in the snow
Bench in the snow
Iron Bridge over the river
Iron Bridge over the river
West Highland Way route marker
West Highland Way route marker
Community Centre and Library on a …
Community Centre and Library on a…
Youth Cafe
Youth Cafe
My Local :-)
My Local :-)
Main Street
Main Street
Copland and Lye Clock
Copland and Lye Clock
War Memorial
War Memorial
My favourite shop
My favourite shop
Waet Highland Way Obelisk
Waet Highland Way Obelisk
Start of The West Highland Way
Start of The West Highland Way
Cross Keys and Station Road
Cross Keys and Station Road
Milngavie train station
Milngavie train station
Route Map for the West Highland Way
Route Map for the West Highland Way
Underpass from station to town cen…
Underpass from station to town ce…
At the bar in my local
At the bar in my local
Post Office and Douglas Street
Post Office and Douglas Street
Corbie Ha
Corbie Ha'
Town Centre sign and bypass road
Town Centre sign and bypass road
The Talbot again - I like it :-D
The Talbot again - I like it :-D
Gavins Mill
Gavins Mill
Mill Wheel
Mill Wheel
Train Station
Train Station
Milngavie Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Good food from the grill
The West Highland Gate is a bar and restaurant in Milngavie. Part of the Beefeater chain, it is known locally as The Beefy. It is split almost half… read entire review
Milngavie
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