Rugged Run – Holehead Radar Station

Holehead is the third highest point in the Campsie Fells after Earl’s Seat and the Meikle Bin. The weather radar station is a relatively new structure that was erected in the early 2000’s. It is a replacement for a similar station at Eaglesham which had to be decommissioned when a wind farm was built there.

Normally there is a great view from the top looking down over the Crow Road across to Meikle Bin and over carron valley reservoir but unfortunately not this time.

Murphy law states “what shall go wrong, will go wrong” but I think the trail running equivalent should be Todd’s law – “Whatever can block your view will block your view! When I got to the to the radar station there was nothing to see. It was beautiful clear blue skies for the whole run except the ten minutes I was at the station! Check out the video below to see how fog comes from nowhere to block the view.

This is a great loop that start at the top of the crow road in the Campsie hills. Park at the entrance to the forest trails, follow the path until it take you back to crow road. Run back up crow road until you see the road up to the radar station. When you get to the top follow the stone wall and you will end up back at your car.




Rating: 4 out of 5.

A tale of two half’s. The first half was much easier than the second.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

There’s a small car park in Clachan of Campise. You can park on the street if the car park is full. It can be busy on a nice day.


Rating: 1 out of 5.

None on the route

Nearest cafe

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There are cafe’s and a supermarket in Lennoxtown.

Run Surface

90% track. 10% road

Dog Friendly

Sort of – look out for sheep and keep your dog on the lead when you leave the forest as its near a farm. The road up to the radar station is used to graze sheep so even if it looks clear keep your dog on a lead.


354M of elevation.

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