Carron Valley and the Antonine Wall

Plan some together time
Start: Colzium House at 10:00am
Finish: Westerwood Hotel at 8:00pm
Method of transport: Car
Estimated duration of trip: 10 hours (with dinner)
Travel distance 11.5 miles:
Colzium House to Auchinstarry Marina / Antonine Wall - 8 mins (2.5 miles) Auchinstarry Marina / Antonine Wall to World of Wings - 10 mins (5 miles) World of Wings to Westerwood Hotel - 8 mins (4 miles)
Once you arrive at your first destination, Colzium House, the rest of the itinerary involves a short amount of driving thereafter.
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  • Start: Colzium House, KilsythFinish: Tomtain (453metres) up in the Kilsyth Hills.Transport: Train – Croy 2 miles; Bus stops – Kilsyth 1mile (follow footpath by lade from foot of Tak Ma Doon Road).Refreshment: Café Refresh, 84 Main St, Kilsyth, 01236 827652; The Coachman...
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  • A short drive through the village of Croy takes you to the attractive Auchinstarry Marina, with numerous canal barges and boats docked on this part of the Forth and Clyde Canal. This will be a great opportunity to stop for lunch in Scotland’s first eco pub, The Boathouse, which serves fresh local produce and view over the marina. You can enjoy a leisurely lunch and warm up in comfort.
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  • You may not know it, but you are very close to the one time northern frontier of the Roman Empire. There are various paths where you can view the remains of the wall and walk in the footsteps of the roman soldiers. A short circular route (approx an hour and a half) takes you along the Antonine Wall world heritage site, where you can see evidence of the ancient fortification in the land formation. One option to access the wall is a route which follows the top of the hill and down to an easy stroll back along the banks of the canal.
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  • After your walk take a 10 – 15 minute drive to world of wings, home to the largest bird of prey collection in Scotland. The centre is home to many rare breed and rescued birds, including Gandalf the vulture, who previously escaped and was later found on Arran! There are also many eagles, owls, hawks and vultures. At 12pm and 3pm you can learn about the birds and see them up close with the falconers talk indoors in the specially built education centre. You could then stay for a coffee and cake (including a large range of gluten and dairy free options).
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  • After all that activity, Visit the four star Westerwood Hotel’s newly upgraded spa facilities. You can enjoy a spa treatment and Jacuzzi or swim. Pre booking is required for treatments. Feeling refreshed and relaxed, you can then go up to Flemings restaurant, which offers a fabulous seven course taster menu. You have the option to extend your day to a weekend break and remain in the lap of luxury for an overnight stay at the hotel. Please note that booking is required for spa treatments
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  • "I went on this trip it was great!" - Bob

  • "The walk was my favourite part of this" - Kate

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Colzium Estate
Learn more this lovely estate at the foot of the Campsie Hills
Antonine Wall
Walk in the footsteps of the Romans