Top of the World – Fintry
A slightly more taxing route through beautiful valleys and across moorland.
|Distance||30 km / 19 miles|
|Time||1.75 hour approx. plus breaks|
|Terrain||Minor A roads and side roads.|
|Grade||Medium / challenging|
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Depart from the Monument (*1) in the Balfron direction, leaving the village along King’s Mile, passing the old Observation post in the field on the right and Heron’s Court on the left. At the Blackhill Crossroads (*2) after 1.5km, turn right onto the B818 towards Fintry. Continue for some way – past the Gas House and Castle Gardens – both legacies of Ballikinrain Castle. At 6.75 km take the left turn, signposted Balfron (*3). At the foot of the slope, cross the river and at The Honeyholm (*4) turn right towards Kippen.
Continue along this back road – with glorious views of the Fintry Hills – until at 11km it meets the Kippen – Fintry Road (*5). Turn left towards Kippen and climb the long, winding slope to the large layby at the top , next to the Arnprior junction, where the road turns sharply to the right (*6). Stop. Take a break and admire the views of the Trossachs and the Campsies.
Turn around and travel back down the slope – all the way down to Fintry – past the Campsie Glen Holiday Park, Knockraich Farm / the Courtyard Café, Culcreuch Castle and Fintry Sports Club (refreshments available). At 19 km, at the cross in the centre of the village, turn right towards Killearn (*7). Follow this road– back past the Balfron turn and on past entrances to Old Ballikinrain, Ballikinrain Castle, Mains of Branshogle and Boquhan Old House – all the way back to Blackhill crossroads at 28.5 km Turn left back to Killearn and the Monument at 30 km.