Experience some of the best trailrunning in West Central Scotland. Let us share with you some of the best views, trails and hidden gems to be found in, and between, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park (Scotland’s largest Regional Park) and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Going at your pace, our runs are lead by knowledgeable, experienced and trained guides who know where to go to elevate your trailruns to LEVEL AWESOME! These runs are perfect if you’re visiting the area and don’t want to waste time trying to find your route, or feel you’re resigned to running on roads. They’re also awesome for residents to fully discover your own back yard.

We run in small group sizes (1-4) to ensure every trail run is epic! We’ll even buy you coffee too!

So grab your trail shoes, choose your adventure and let’s rip some trails and take on the best of the Scottish weather! As we say, it’s time to #RunDirty .


Platform to Summit

  • Milngavie – West Highland Way – Dumgoyne – Milngavie
  • Distance: 25km
  • Elevation Gain: 690m
  • Terrain: 60% hard-packed trail, 30% rough, steep hilltracks, 10% Tarmac
  • Coffee: Plenty coffee options in Milngavie and option to stop for coffee at Chunky Monkey’s in Mugdock Country Park mid-run
  • Cost: £55pp

Starting at Milngavie Train Station we’ll enjoy the start of the WestHighland Way as it gradually leaves civilisation behind. As we approach Glengoyne Distillery we’ll leave the WHW and strike up the steep face of Dumgoyne. It’s not a big hill, but it packs a punch! From the top, weather permitting, there’s awesome views to the Arrochar Alps, Loch Lomond and south over the Central Belt.

It’s a fast, technical and thrilling descent back to Strathblane where we’ll climb back up to reach Mugdock Country Park. Our friends at the Chunky Monkey cafe make great coffee, so if you need a pit stop, we’ll be the first to the bar! If you’d rather keep moving, we’ll take in Mugdock Castle before descending through Mugdock Wood to rejoin the WHW and then cruise back into Milngavie where coffee awaits!

There’s lots to see on this route and we’ll make sure you get those all-important photos!

 


Escape to the Country

  • Glasgow (Kelvingrove) – River Kelvin – West Highland Way (Milngavie)
  • Distance: 14km
  • Elevation Gain: 100m
  • Terrain: 60% hard-packed trail,  30% Tarmac, 10% rough, boggy single track.
  • Coffee: Plenty coffee options in Milngavie
  • Cost: £35pp

 

Starting outside the world-famous Kelvingrove Museum, we’ll wind our way out of the bustling city following the beautiful green corridor of the River Kelvin. Look out for kingfishers zipping along the water’s surface as we run past the Botanic Gardens before running underneath impressive viaducts and aqueducts, highlighting Glasgow’s industrial past.

Once we’ve escaped the noise of the city and get off the Tarmac, we join riverside, single track trails that wind peacefully through the countryside. It can be muddy and overgrown in the summer, but this only adds to the adventure.

By the time we reach the straight, hard-packed trail by the Allander Water, we can see Milngavie in our sights where coffee awaits.


Boundary Faults (Long)

  • Drymen – West Highland Way – Conic Hill – Drymen
  • Distance: 20km
  • Elevation Gain: 670m
  • Terrain: 60% hard-packed trail, 30% rough, steep hilltracks, 10% Tarmac
  • Coffee: Drymen
  • Cost: £40pp

Starting in Drymen village centre, we head out on the WHW on forest tracks which open up to stunning views to the South West and over Loch Lomond. Conic Hill’s steep sides loom in front of us as we wind our way closer and as the WHW strikes around Conic, we’ll take a rough hill track that will allow us to make a full East-West traverse of the summit tops of Conic Hill, each one providing its own view.

Conic Hill sits right on the boundary of the Highland Boundary Fault and, if the weather allows, provides a great visual guide to the differences on topography and land use on either side of the fault line.

We’ll descend either by the main tourist path or, if weather conditions are favourable, down the very steep and technically rocky Western side of Conic before returning to Drymen on the WHW where coffee is brewing!


Boundary Faults (Short)

  • Balmaha – Conic Hill – Balmaha
  • Distance: 4km
  • Elevation Gain: 350m
  • Terrain: 60% hard-packed trail, 30% rough, steep hilltracks, 10% Tarmac
  • Coffee: Balmaha
  • Cost: £25pp

Starting at the Balmaha Visitor Centre, we’ll take the main path through conifer woodlands before reaching the open hill. It’s short, but very steep and even though there have been wooden steps put in places, your thighs will burn! By the time you reach the summit of Conic, you’ll know why many people use this route for doing hill work when training for mountain races.

 

We’ll descend the same way before heading to the Oak Tree for coffee.


The Best of Mugdock Trails (choose your mud level)

  • Mugdock Country Park
  • Distance: 5km – 15km
  • Elevation Gain: Variable depending on route length
  • Terrain: Approx. 60% hard-packed trail, 40% muddy single track
  • Coffee: Chunky Monkey’s in Mugdock Country Park
  • Cost: £20 – £30pp

We’ll meet at the Visitor Centre where we can decide on our route and distance. Mugdock has a plethora of trails, from wide, hard-packed paths through to tight, muddy, (very muddy of you really want to) and technical single track. We’ll mix it up to show you the best of the Park. It has two castles to see, an old zoo and even a drowning pond on Gallowhill… just keep running and you’ll be fine!

The mix of trails at Mugdock makes it a great run, no matter what the weather is doing and if you’re thinking about entering, or are in training for a Mudder/Obstacle race, these are perfect training. Yes, we really can elevate your run to mud level EXTREME!

All of this, of course, will be topped off by coffee at Chunky Monkey’s cafe.


Trails and Canyons

  • John Muir Way – The Whangie – John Muir Way
  • Distance: 12km
  • Elevation Gain: 280m
  • Terrain: 45% hard-packed trail, 30% rough, steep hilltracks, 25% Tarmac
  • Coffee: Edenmill Farm Shop is currently being refurbished. Chunky Monkey’s in Mugdock Country Park
  • Cost: £40pp

Starting at Edenmill Farm we’ll follow the John Muir Way on paved roads past pine tree plantations  before joining winding and undulating hard-packed trails round Burncrooks Reservoir. After circumnavigating the reservoir we’ll strike onto a hill path leading us up to The Whangie, an impressive rock canyon cut into the side of the hill. We’ll venture into the canyon to marvel at this amazing natural feature before re-appearing on the north side of the rocks to be presented with a huge view, which is a feast for the eyes, weather permitting.

After escaping the clutches of The Whangie we’ll contour round the north side of the hill before striking back to summit Auchineden Hill. This then turns into a delightful descent on undulating and, at times, steep path which brings us back onto the paved road for an easy, or speedy, downhill to where we began.

Edenmill Farm Shop is currently being refurbished, so we can decide to head to Chunky Monkey’s at Mugdock Country Park for coffee, or head to Milngavie.


A Cut Above the Clyde

  • Greenock Cut – Dunrod Hill
  • Distance: 13.5km
  • Elevation Gain: 210m
  • Terrain: 60% hard-packed trail, 30% rough, steep hilltracks, 10% Tarmac.
  • Coffee: Greenock Cut Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £35pp

Starting at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre we’ll head clockwise round the Greenock Cut Trail. This is on hard-packed, level trails and is virtually flat for the first 8km and offers stunning views over the Firth of Clyde and the Arrochar Alps. We’ll then venture onto rough, boggy hill tracks, taking in three tops, including a trig point and Dunrod Hill. We’ll then take on ‘The Death Descent’; a steep, semi-technical descent back down to the Visitor Centre, where coffee awaits.

The Greenock Cut is an important historical feature, that provided drinking water and harnessed the water’s power to drive the factories in industrial Greenock which was a busy milling and shipbuilding town.