- Hello hikers and welcome walkers, it’s time for another Weekend Walk!
So, this week, we have a nice short jaunt, a walk through The Whangie at Auchineden Hill, near Glasgow.
My favourite story being that it was formed by the devil whipping his tail in excitement as he flew to a Witches’ Sabbath.
It’s an undemanding and hilly walk, and should take you less than two hours to complete. It is quite boggy if it has been raining, so wear decent boots – there’s nothing worse than wet feet when you’re on a hike!
You start at the carpark to Queen’s View (named so because Queen Victoria walked here when she visited Scotland, gaining a view over Glasgow), but rather than climbing the hill, you want to follow the path that curves to the right. As you pass through the boulder field, it’s an ideal place to stop for a break and for views of Loch Lomond. After a while the path splits into three ahead of you – take the bottom path, and it won’t be long before you reach The Whangie.
Inside, the path is about three hundred feet long running between dramatic sheer rock walls on either side of you.
You carry on around the base of the Whangie and you will find the path starting to wind in and out of the pinnacles that form this geological oddity. The path then sweeps round to the left and channels into a gorge. If you follow the path up through the gorge you’ll find a more distinct tinct path which leads you lead you up to the triangulation pillar on top of Auchineden Hill. From here, on a clear day you’ll have stunning views over Glasgow, just like Queen Victoria.
I’ll be honest, it was not a nice day when we went. In fact, the weather was horrendous. It felt like no matter what direction I was facing the wind blasted rain into my face, and the mud was pretty deep in places, but as I’m sure you know now, this hasn’t stopped me yet.
The great thing about The Whangie is it will offer a little shelter from the elements. There’s no excuse for avoiding it. So, get out there!
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