Rugged Run – Dunglass (Iain)

Early last year, I come home to discover a herd of cows had rampaged through my garden. A local farm had left a gate open and their cows had escaped. The cows came down the road from the farm, passing lots of other houses, and took a fancy to my place. They all ran in and caused a big mess!

My wife was working at home that day and she didn’t notice the cows were in the garden. Although, she did wonder why their was a lot of noise coming from the garden.

If she had noticed then she wouldn’t have gone out to investigate. She has a fear of cows. Which I think is stange. How can you be scared of something as laid back as a cow? But the very next day there was a headline in a newpaper that read “MAN DIES IN COW ATTACK!” and ever since then I’ve seen lots of similar headlines.

A recent story on the BBC

Maybe, I should be wary after all!

Dunglass is a volcanic plug. Which is a rocky formation formed by a volcano. The most famous examples of them in Scotland are both in Edinburgh – the land Edinburgh Castle sits on and Arthur’s Seat. There are a few more which you can read about here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Volcanic_plugs_of_Scotland

Dunglass is an excellent viewpoint which is next to the John Muir Way. Just a short scramble provides a good vantage point overlooking the route as it heads towards Kirkintilloch.

You can get to it from either Lennoxtown or Strathblane. Just walk along the John Muir way. You won’t miss it!

Any why was I talking about cows? Dunglass is in a field which normally has cows in it so be careful and give them plenty of space.

If you don’t bother them. They won’t bother you.

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MAPS

https://www.strava.com/routes/2797875057064053872

Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Amazing view for very little effort

Parking

Rating: 5 out of 5.

There is plenty of parking in either Strathblane or Lennoxtown

Facilities

Rating: 1 out of 5.

None on the route

Nearest cafe

Rating: 3 out of 5.

There are cafe’s and a supermarket in Lennoxtown.

Run Surface

90% concrete path. 10% off road.

Dog Friendly

90% yes but there are cows in the field were Dunglass sits.

Elevation

59M of elevation.

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