The Campsie Fells
The Campsie Fells are a range of volcanic hills 19km to the north of Glasgow and have long provided a perfect escape for people from the City of Glasgow. Largely gentle and rolling, the hills nevertheless have some fine rocky escarpments. Rocks here include, coal, oil shale and limestone. There is a diverse scenery, a rich mixture of open moorland, wide varieties of flora and fauna, steep sided glens, fast flowing burns, lush woodlands and peaks. This has resulted in rich and diverse habitats of wetland, grassland, peat land, woodland, hedgerows, rivers, streams and lochs. Very scenic, rugged and spectacular backdrop for Schoenstatt visitors, offering sensational attractions in different seasons and different light. It is a popular area for walking, and hill walking, the highest point of the range being Earl’s Seat which rises to 578m. Visitors are also attracted to the area where whisky is distilled, with Glengoyne single malt distillery sitting at the foot of the fells just west of Dumgoyne hill, a prominent landmark of the fells. It is also not far from part of the West Higland Way from Milngavie to Fort William, along the Carbeth to Drymen stretch.
Erosion has revealed geological evidence of circa thirty lava flows dating back to the Carboniferous period over 300 million years ago, along what is now termed the Campsie Fault.
The Campsies have been used by both film and television crews over time and one episode of Taggart was filmed there and the Campsies appeared as South Africa in Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning od Life’, directed by Terry Jones.
Swallows, kestrels, eagles, buzzards, woodpeckers, owls, foxes, deer, badgers, sheep and cows on the lowlands.