Kelvin Valley properties have been in high demand over the past 12 months as people begin to re-evaluate what they class as essential requirements from their home.
5 reasons to love Kelvin Valley.
City living is in decline and more suburban and rural locations are now sought after.
Having lived around Cumbernauld and Kilsyth my whole life (with the exception of a few months living in Southern England), it's easy to take for granted the wonders that are on offer to us on our doorstep, here in the Kelvin Valley region.
The Kelvin Valley, located within North Lanarkshire, features some of the country's most spectacular scenery, a World Heritage Site and an array of things to see and do.
The Kelvin Valley runs between the northern border of Cumbernauld and the southern edges of the Kilsyth Hills. Walk and cycle routes, great fishing and even water-sports are all available in the local area. The Kelvin Valley offers a fantastic day out!
Here are some of my favourite offerings in the area I think you should check out:
Colzium Lennox Estate
The Colzium Lennox Estate is located on the southern flanks of the Kilsyth Hills, within easy reach of Glasgow. Once owned by the Edmonstone family, the house and park are now maintained by North Lanarkshire Council as a popular escape for locals. The estate hosts a unique walled garden, plus café / visitor centre with displays and information available on the estate's history. Children will love the extensive playground and miniature railway which runs each first Sunday of the month in the Spring and Summer.
Forth and Clyde Canal
Meandering through the heart of the Kelvin Valley is this 250 year old waterway which connects Bowling on the Clyde River to Grangemouth on the Forth. Back in the day, the canal was bustling with passenger and fishing boats, coal barges and puffers. Nowadays the canal hosts an array of leisure activities including fishing, walks and cycle paths. Auchinstarry Marina and the Boathouse Bar & Restaurant are a lovely stop off point to enjoy some great hospitality and watch the world go by.
The Antonine Wall
The Antonine Wall was the most northerly frontier of the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago. At the time it was built - on the orders of the Emperor Antoninus Pius – the wall was the Roman army’s most complex frontier ever. It ran for 40 Roman miles (60km) from Bo’ness on the Firth of Forth to Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde. Together with the wall and its ditch, evidence has survived of forts, bath-houses and camps along the route. UNESCO inscribed the Antonine Wall in 2008, as part of the transnational Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site.
Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve
The reserve is located in the Kelvin Valley between Kilsyth and Queenzieburn and is formed from marshland adjacent to Forth and Clyde Canal. The reserve is reclaimed from a former area of major industrial site, and is the result of effective local environmental planning.
The reserve's fauna and flora include ground nesting birds such as skylarks, lapwings, water rail, and redshank. North Lanarkshire Council is carrying out a £2 million improvement project to make the site even better and this should be complete by October 2021.
One of my family favourite days out locally and situated on the fringes of the Kelvin Valley is the simply stunning Cloybank Estate. Cloybank offers fly fishing, air target shooting, driving range, café, animals including beautiful highland cows and alpacas, as well as giving back to the local community via its land based work experience programmes. The estate also plays host to GGT Equestrian which offers pony and horse riding for all ages and often run themed events for the children. Their Halloween and Christmas events should definitely be checked out!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on other great things to see and do within the Kelvin Valley area.