Walk: Meikle Bin - far from rubbish
|[Meikle Bin viewed from Peggie's Spout (foreground)]|
The Campsie Fells form an abrupt barrier to travellers heading north from Glasgow. Dumgoyne is probably the most popular hill in the range, but Meikle Bin enjoys equally good views, rising prominently from the eastern side of the surrounding plateau. With a shady approach on forestry tracks and a longer return along the Carron Valley Reservoir, this is a good bet for a hot day - when you'll also come across one of the most perfectly sited picnic benches you're likely to find anywhere.
|[Yes, one of the trees on approach to the summit has been covered in Christmas decorations...]|
Name: Walk: Meikle Bin - far from rubbish ★★★☆☆
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 540 metres
Main summits: Meikle Bin (570 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Carron Valley Reservoir; Peggie's Spout
Start / finish: Todholes car park, B818 near outflow of Carron Valley Reservoir, G.R.: NS 673859 / blemishes outdoor eager
Route: Car park - River Carron outflow - Bin Bairn - Meikle Bin (signposted to this point) - return to junction between Bin Bairn & Little Bin - Peggie's Spout - Burnhouse (ignore signposts) - start via reservoir shoreline. Map showing local paths here.
Terrain: Mainly forestry tracks. Wide paths near summit and along Bin Burn, wet higher up.
Wildlife today: Numerous woodland birds, mallards on the reservoir. Orange tip butterflies on lower, open areas.
Weather today: Temperatures in the mid-teens and extensive sunshine, but a fresh, cooling breeze.
|[Carron Valley Reservoir from the return path]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track