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East Renfrewshire is blessed with some amazing vantage points, not least Fereneze Braes which has astounding views across Glasgow with the spectacular frontier of the Southern Highlands dominating the horizon. Closer to home the view over Neilston to Eaglesham moors is equally impressive as is the variety of wildlife en route. The beautiful Killoch Glen is also visited (home to several lovely waterfalls) which was the subject of a song by the great Paisley poet Robert Tannahill. This route is waymarked.
1. From Barrhead Railway Station cross Paisley Road into Graham Street. Walk along the pavement, cross Laurel Way then at a signpost for Killoch Glen, bear R through a gap in the fence. Climb path over steeper, boggier ground passing through two more fences then climb through mixed woodland where views across East Renfrewshire open out. Continue along the path beside Fereneze Golf Course to reach a pocket of woodland and a signpost for Killoch Glen. Turn R here and climb gradually beside the golf course to reach the top of the slope passing the 15th and 14th tees - the views to the Southern Highlands are breathtaking.
2. Descend to another signpost and turn L onto a track which continues above Harelaw Reservoir. At a wooden post bear L onto a narrow path, cross a footbridge then as the path forks at another wooden post bear L. On reaching a gate go through it then turn R onto a single track road. Walk along to a signpost for Killoch Glen and turn L. Go through a gate onto a grassy path and follow this between a wall and fence through another gate and go straight on at a signpost for Paisley/Glenburn. After another gate follow a boggy path over a footbridge to climb gradually to a magnificent viewpoint at a small cairn.
3. Retrace steps back to Paisley/Glenburn sign then turn R through a gate signposted for Killoch Glen. Walk along a mixture of grassy path and boardwalk, go through a gate, follow the path over two footbridges passing through another gate. Climb a small rise for a superb view of Neilston then walk along the path to reach a fence. Turn L, descend steep wooden steps then turn R through a gate. Walk along the path, go straight through another gate then descend alongside saplings into Killoch Glen. The path then swings L to continue beside a wood to reach a signpost.
4. Turn R down some steps, go through a gate then turn L into beautiful mixed woodland above some tremendous waterfalls. As the path forks bear R continue above steep slopes through the glen down a flight of steps and over two footbridges. At another fork go R and walk down to a road. Turn L and follow this very pleasant stretch through Gateside back to Barrhead Railway Station.
Time: 2.5 Hours
Download the East Renfrewshire Council Walking Guide which features 10 family walks around East Renfrewshire
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