Rugged Run – Kilpatrick Hills – The Whangie (Iain)


The plan was to walk to Burncrooks Reservoir from the Whangie and then return by the same route. That was the plan but…

The Whangie is a hill I don’t go to very often. It is usually too busy and the route is too muddy. Neither of which I enjoy. The last time I was here was with my dad. He first climbed it 50 years ago and hadn’t done it since. He climbed it when he was 18 years old. He had been drinking in a local bar, the Carbeth Inn, and someone had told him about an interesting rock face nearby. He’d wondered off drunk to see for himself. I’m impressed that he found it and that he made it back to the pub to tell everyone what he’d seen.

My wife and I came here early to make sure it was quiet but even at sunrise there was already five cars in the car park.

We didn’t have to worry about the mud as the recent cold weather meant it was very frosty under foot. Unfortunately my wife had the wrong type of shoes and struggled to get a good grip on the icy sections. After slipping and sliding our way to Burncrooks we decided to take a different way back.

During the walk one of my dogs tripped up my wife. She was fine but amusingly I was filming at the time and caught it all on camera. Does You’ve Been Framed still exist and do they still pay £250 for a funny faceplant video?




Rating: 3 out of 5.

It started well but going to carbeth was a mistake.


Rating: 2 out of 5.

Parking can be tricky on a nice day as its a popular spot.


Rating: 1 out of 5.


Nearest cafe

Rating: 3 out of 5.

There is a café nearby at Eden mill ( and a coffee stop ( on the main road at Carbeth.

Run Surface

30% mud, 60% fire track path, 10% road

Dog Friendly

Yes – I’ve never seen sheep here.


252M of elevation.

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