Walk: Where's Whangie?

[Fantastic views towards Loch Lomond from the Whangie's upper entrance]

The Whangie is one of those downright bizarre features (with a bizarre name to match) that Scotland provides in abundance. It's an unexpected rocky cleft with 50-foot walls in the middle of the grassy, relatively featureless Kilpatrick Hills. The gap is probably the result of a gradual landslip and you can walk right along the bottom of it; it's also perfect for both simple and serious rock scrambling. The views north are superb for the entirety of the approach, but a short detour to Auchineden Hill's summit is also recommended with Glasgow laid out to the south, just 10 miles distant. This is a short and popular walk, but there's a profusion of paths in the immediate area which don't all end up at the destination. The Whangie itself is hidden until you're practically upon it, and if you don't take a map you can easily end up wandering the plateau in circles, wondering where it is (ahem)...

[Dark and damp in the cleft even on the sunniest of days]

Name: Walk: Where's Whangie? ★★★☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 250 metres
Main summits: Auchineden Hill (357 metres)
Points of interest: The Whangie
Start / finish: Queen's View car park, by the A809 north of Milngavie, G.R.: NS 511808 / timeless disbelief jousting

Route: Car park - Auchineden Hill - The Whangie - start
Terrain: Clear paths but with serious mud in places. Areas of bog near the summit.
Wildlife today: Numerous caterpillars while traversing the side of the hill on return.
Weather today: Blue skies, sunshine, no wind. Almost shorts weather...

[Burncrooks Reservoir nestles in the middle of the Kilpatrick Hills, seen here from the base of the Whangie]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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