Winter 2017/18

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
1 October 2017
Kingsbarns to St. Andrews (Coastal Walk) 13.5Km / 8.5 Miles C+/B Gavin McMoneagle 01236 764058 Coatbridge at 8.30am
14 October 2017
Beinn an Lochain 8Km / 5 Miles A Gary McLean 07882 504482 Airdrie at 8.30am
As above Rest and be Thankful to Arrochar (via Ardgarten) 13Km / 8 Miles B Linda Paton As above As above
29 October 2017
Lauder to Melrose 16 Kms / 10 Miles B Michael McGinley 0141 7710071 Coatbridge at 8.30am
11 November 2017
Beinn an t-Sidhean 10Km / 7 Miles B+ Kenny Higgins 01236 604512 Coatbridge at 8.30am
As above Glen Ogle Trail 10Km / 7 Miles B Liz Cushley As above As above
26 November 2017
Comrie Circular 13Km / 8 Miles B Douglas Bryson 0141 7784892 Coatbridge at 8.30am
6 January 2018
Fairlie to Largs (and Meal) 8Km / 5 Miles C+ Christine McMahon
Bernadette Boulton
01698 833983 Airdrie at 10am
21 January 2018
Trahenna Hill and Broughton Heights 13Km / 8 Miles B+ David Dunn 01236 434706 Coatbridge at 8.30am
As above Broughton Heights 11.5Km / 7 Miles B TBA As above As above
3 February 2018
Blairadam Estate and Forest 14 Km / 9 Miles B Pat Rawlinson 01236 761486 Coatbridge at 8.30am
18 February 2018
Dunkeld and Birnam Hill Circular 13Km / 8 Miles B Alan Russell 07766 225903 Coatbridge at 8.30am
3 March 2018
Beinn a Choin 9Km / 6 Miles A Allan Ward 01236 754339 Airdrie at 8:30am
As above Stronachlachar to Kinlochard 14Km / 9 Miles C+ B Bernadette Boulton
Liz Cushley & Christine McMahon
As above As above
18 March 2018
Devil's Beeftub to Moffat 17Km / 11 Miles B Ken Paton 01236 769567 Airdrie at 8.30am
Departure & Info
11 October'17 Cairnhill, Brownsburn, Calderbank Circular 8Km / 5 Miles Meet at the the “GO” car park Coatdyke at 12 noon. Good paths for most of the walk with one rough section through Cairnhill wood.
15 November'17 Dalziel Estate and
Baron’s Haugh Circular
9.5Km / 6 Miles Meet at the Strathclyde Park Visitor Centre car park at 12 noon. Good paths throughout the walk.
13 December'17 Drumpellier Park Walk 8Km / 5 Miles Meet at the car park at the Blair Road entrance to the park at 12 noon Some muddy parts on the route.
17 January'18 Strathclyde Park Forest Walk 8 Kms / 5 Miles Meet at Strathclyde Park Visitor Centre at 12 noon. Good paths for most of the walk.
14 February'18 Drumpellier to the Fort and back 13Km / 8 Miles Meet at Drumpellier Visitor Centre at 12 noon. Good paths for most of the walk. Time for a tea/Coffee before the return walk back.
14 March'18 Coatbridge to Clarkson via the NL Heritage Trail 11Km / 7 Miles Return will be by public transport (train or bus). Meet at Tesco Main entrance in Faraday Retail Park at 12 noon