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Campsie Glen

Introduction

Campsie Glen is a natural, steep-sided rocky glen with waterfalls and pools. Some tree planting and path construction date from the 18th and 19th centuries, since when the glen has been a popular tourist destination. The remains of Old Machan Church and its graveyard are situated at the foot of the glen.

Campsie Glen, situated on the south flank of Campsie Fell, carries the Kirk Burn down to the River Kelvin. It has a number of natural waterfalls and pools, many of which were given names during the 19th century. Nineteenth-century stone steps remain in places, although some other improvements for visitors such as a wooden ladder no longer exist. Tree planting consists of mixed broadleaves on the western side, the remnants of 18th-century planting on outcrops on the east side, some natural regeneration and largely coniferous plantations in the higher reaches.

As well as the glen proper there are the ruins of the Old Church of St Machan and its graveyard with the Kincaid-Lennox mausoleum, and the remains of the early-19th-century bleachworks situated at the lower end of the glen.

The glen is still a popular local destination.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

A public right of way leads up the Glen.

Directions

The site can be accessed on foot from the car park in the village of Clachan of Campsie.

Owners

East Dunbartonshire Council

Tom Johnston House, Civil Way, Kirkintilloch, G66 4TJ
History

Period

18th Century

Features & Designations

Designations

  • Conservation Area

  • Reference: Clachan of Campsie Conservation Area (St Machan's and lowest part of glen only)
  • Historic Environment Scotland Listed Building

  • Reference: Old Church of St Machan, Kincaid Vault and Churchyard
  • Grade: B

Features

  • River
  • Church (featured building)
  • Description: Old St Machan's Church
  • Earliest Date:
  • Latest Date:
Key Information

Type

Designed Rural Space

Purpose

Recreational/sport

Period

18th Century

Survival

Extant

Hectares

25

Open to the public

Yes

Electoral Ward

Campsie

References

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