Summer 2017

The Monklands Ramblers gratefully acknowledge the support of
North Lanarkshire Community Grants for our hillwalking programme.
Distance and Height Conversion
  • Height: Metres x 3.3inch = Feet (150 Metres = 500 Feet Approx.)
  • Distance: Kilometres x ⅝ mile = Miles (16 Kilometres = 10 Miles Approx.)
Transport and Booking On A Walk
We run a 50 seater coach to all walks. The usual bus fare is £12.00 but may be higher depending on the distance travelled and size of group. £15 is the highest fare currently charged but there can occasionally be additional costs such as ferry fares and local buses – these would be indicated in the email newsletter. Please ask when booking if you wish to know the cost in advance. Bookings are taken on a "First Come - First Served" basis.

Places can be booked on the previous walk when the sheet goes round the bus at the end of the day or by telephoning the leader, whose number appears next to each walk. When 'phoning to book a place on a walk please try and do so between 6pm and 7pm during the week prior to the walk, and book early as buses have to be confirmed two days prior to the walk. Please also state your telephone number and pick-up point if leaving a message on an answering machine so that the leader can call you back and confirm your place on the bus.

Please note it is also important to cancel if you are unable to attend a walk and to phone the leader as soon as possible (or any committee member if you are unable to contact the leader). This is important as it saves time waiting on anyone who has failed to cancel and also gives someone else a chance to book that seat. You may be charged the full fare if you fail to cancel and someone else had their booking request declined.

Mobile numbers are also on the programme for emergency use only ie if running late or having to cancel on morning of the walk.

Buses leave from behind Coatbridge Time Capsule and at Airdrie Indoor Bowling Club (across from Airdrie railway station), at the times stated in the programme.
Walking Information
When walking with the club adequate footwear and clothing are essential. Be prepared for adverse weather conditions. Carry a packed lunch. Boots are essential on "A" and "B" grade walks and are recommended on "C" grade walks. The Ramblers Association cannot take responsibility for damages or loss incurred on a ramble or other club activity.

Follow the Country Code:
  • Close gates
  • Take litter home
  • face oncoming traffic etc
Please do NOT walk in front of the leader or leave a ramble without informing the leader. Children under 16 years of age should be accompanied by an adult. Holidays and social events are offered to club members. All those interested in walking are welcome to join the group. After participating in two walks with the group we would expect you to join the Ramblers Association, otherwise you may not be accepted on a walk. Membership forms are available from the Group Secretary. Joining the Ramblers Association gives automatic membership of your local group and the right to walk and socialise with any other groups UK-wide. Walks are subject to change at the Leader's discretion. Please inform the leader of any medical condition which you have which he / she should be aware of - thanks.

The O.S. column below indicates the Ordnance Survey Landranger map number as well as giving a general indication of the area covered by the map - you can buy any of these maps, or general hill-walking gear, at discounted rates from The Monklands Ramblers Shop. Clicking on the walk description will provide a detailed map of the area of the walk. Distances are approximate and may vary. Walks may be subject to change on the day - notice will be given where possible via the "Latest News" banner below. Note also that pronunciations below are courtesy of Munro Magic.
A booking and information sheet will be circulated around the bus for any social events being held during the Winter months, and advertisements will be placed in the "Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser" for the same. Also, the Committee welcomes any suggestions for walks which anyone would like to see on either the Summer or Winter programmes, or suggestions for social events.

Please contact any Committee member with regard to this and we will endeavour to include these walks or events at the earliest possible opportunity. Note to Leaders : it would be helpful if leaders of joint walks could do their reccies at the same time as this would assist with determining the timing of the two walks and would also save on reccie expenses.
Walking Grades
Ascent (Metres)
Distance (Km)
C Nil 9-14 Easy
C+ 150 14-16 Easy/Moderate
B 150-450 16-19 Moderate
B+ 450-760 16-22 Moderate/Strenuous
A 760-914 9-14 Strenuous
A+ 914+ 9-19 Very Strenuous
Current Walks
Key colour codes:
    Two walks on this day

Booking No.
Departure Point
23 April 2017
Pitlochry Circular (via Killiecrankie and Linn of Tummel) 14.5Km / 9 Miles B Liz Cushley 01236 762001 Coatbridge at 8.30am
6 May 2017
Beinn Dorain 11.5Km / 7 Miles A+ Liz Hunt 01236 622088 Coatbridge at 8.30am
As above Gorton Bothy 16Km / 10 Miles C+ To Be Announced As above As above
21 May 2017
Grey Mare's Tail and White Coomb 11.5 Kms / 7 Miles B+ Kenny Higgins 01236 604512 Airdrie at 8.30am
As above Grey Mare's Tail and Loch Skeen (easy Pace) 8Km / 5 Miles B Michael McLaughlin As above As above
3 June 2017
Lake District Blencathra (Scales to Threlkeld) 13Km / 7.5 Miles A Ken Paton 01236 769567 Airdrie at 8am
As above Threlkeld to Keswick (via Cumbria Way) 14.5Km / 8.5 Miles B Linda Paton As above As above
18 June 2017
Dunbar to Tantallon Castle (Coastal Walk) 16Km / 10 Miles C+ Neil Mills 07504 715127 Coatbridge at 8.30am
1 July 2017
Glenshee Munro's Glas Maol and Creag Leacach (Easy pace-suitable for all) 14Km / 8.5 Miles B Gary McLean 07882 504482 Coatbridge at 8.30am
16 July 2017
Kelso to Jedburgh (Borders Abbey Way) 19Km / 12 Miles B Pat Rawlinson 01236 761486 Coatbridge at 8.30am
29 July 2017
Beinn na Lap (Corrour) 11.5Km / 7 Miles B+ David Dunn 01236 434706 Coatbridge at 8am
As above Around Loch Ossian 14.5Km / 9 Miles C+ Christine McMahon As above As above
13 August 2017
Wester Glensherrup to Dollar 12.5Km / 8 Miles B John McNulty 0141 7730409 Coatbridge at 8:30am
26 August 2017
Ben Cruachan 13Km / 8 Miles A+ Allan Ward 01236 754339 Coatbridge at 8.30am
As above Glen Strae to Airigh Challtuinn (Shieling) 18Km / 11 Miles B Michael McGinley As above As above
10 September 2017
Cateran Trail Ballintuim to Blairgowrie 18Km / 11 Miles B Alan Russell 07766 225903 Coatbridge at 8:30am
16 September 2017
Pentland Ridge Ninemileburn to Flotterstone 11Km / 7 Miles B+ Douglas Bryson 0141 7784892 Coatbridge at 8.30am
As above Silverburn to Flotterstone 16Km / 10 Miles B Kenny Weldon As above As above
Departure & Info
17 May Drumpellier Circular 8Km / 5 Miles Meet at the Visitor Centre at 1pm. Good paths for most of the walk
14 June Strathclyde Park and Baron’s Haugh Circular 9.5Km / 6 Miles Meet at Strathclyde Park Visitor Centre car park at 1pm
28 June Salsburgh to Caldercruix 11Km / 7 Miles Meet at Airdrie Bowling Alley (opposite the station) at 10.30 (transport to start of walk and return from Caldercruix by service bus). Bring a packed lunch or snack as required .Some rough terrain, walking shoes or boots recommended.
The walk is approx 7 miles, starting in Salsburgh, on easy tracks for about a couple of miles. On reaching an old railway bridge, we follow a rough path for 200 meters to a farm track with good footing towards Roughrigg Reservoir, then up around the Black Hill transmitter to the trig point with good views (weather permitting). After lunch, we then head north over rough terrain for approx 2 miles eventually reaching the Lilly Loch. After a circuit of the loch, we head down to Caldercruix crossing the A89 at the Owl and Trout pub and catch the bus back to Airdrie.
19 July Monklands Canal Circular 8 Kms / 5 Miles Meet at car park opposite Carnbroe Care Centre at 12 noon Good paths for most of the walk Travel directions to Carnbroe: Bus no 77 from ASDA bus terminus at 11.43, and bus no 16 from Chapelhall at 11.18
2 August Chatlereaux Circular 8Km / 5 Miles Meet at Chatlereaux Visitor Centre at 1pm Good paths for most of the walk
30 August Drumpellier to the
Fort and back
9.5Km / 6 Miles Meet at Drumpellier Visitor Centre at 1pm Good paths for most of the walk
20 September Strathclyde Park to Chatlereaux an back 9.5Km / 6 Miles Meet at Strathclyde Park Visitor Centre car park at 1pm Good paths for most of the walk