Castle Hill

Hiking with Kids

Where is it?

Situated at Bar Hill fort in Twechar. There is parking available opposite the entrance, to the walk, at a small industrial estate. There is a regular bus service from Glasgow to Twecher and the surrounding area. 
Map of the area

Start of the walk

The Walk

Our Route

The walk starts next to the war memorial in the small village of Twechar. There is a sign for Barr Hill Fort, what is left of an old Roman fort. 
Sign at the start

We started off walking up Barr road to the farm, once through the red gate we continued our hike up the farm track. 
Farm Track


There are good views of the canal and of Kirkintilloch in the distance. We continued our hike until we reached the old Scottish Water building, the route to Castle Hill also follows part of the John Muir Way so we followed the signs which led us to the old Roman settlement. The fort is situated on a big grassy hill, which has lovely mature trees perfect for a wee rest and a place to have some lunch. 
Bar Hill Fort

But that was not us! After a quick look at the bathhouse and the old well that made up part of the fort we followed the path around to the next big sign that told us about Castle Hill. After this the walk up to the summit was very short but we were rewarded with good views of the surrounding areas. 
Path to the top

Trig point shot

From here the idea was to do a circular loop of the area back to the car. However, due to time constraints we doubled back on ourselves and headed back to the car. Our total time out only took us just over an hour, the overall height of the hill is 170 m. 


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