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The Kelvin Walkway is 10.5 miles (17km) between Glasgow to Milngavie, linking the Clyde Walkway to the West Highland Way.

I did this trail as part of my Lands End to John O’Groats walk, and thoroughly enjoyed it. 


Glasgow is an interesting city – it’s well worth spending some time here. A walk through the parks along the river is recommended.

There are surfaced footpaths and pavements on the Kelvin Walkway until Maryhill, then riverside paths and open countryside to Milngavie (pronounced Mill-guy). The route follows the three rivers: the Allander, Kelvin and Clyde.

Once out of Glasgow the path was fairly quiet. So as the light faded, I was able to camp beside the river not far off the path, and didn’t see anyone.

Some of the paths may be muddy if it has been raining, and they may get a little overgrown later in the year. However, they were easy to follow and well walked.


Milngavie is a nice town and surprisingly busy. It has a good selection of pubs, cafes and shops. In the hour or so that I was sat in a cafe, I saw at least 20 people walk past with rucksacks, heading for the start of the West Highland Way.

If you are continuing on and need to resupply, there is a large Tesco’s superstore on the edge of town. 

Further reading

How I plan a successful long distance walk

My 11 wild camping rules

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