Welcome to

Monklands Ramblers

exploring scotland

since 1985

before booking

1. Numbers on the coach are no longer limited, but it is still essential to book in advance, and not turn up on the day without a confirmed booking. The booking contact will be indicated on the newsletter and may differ from the walk leader. A text will be sent back to confirm a booking.

2. If you are unable to attend a walk, please let the booking contact know immediately. There are no charges for cancellations.

3. Face masks are no longer compulsory on the coachThis will be up to each individual if they still wish to wear one.

Fit For A Fiv£r!

Future Walk Dates

Saturday, 7 October:

Elie Fife area

Sunday, 22 October:

Lomond Hills area


This will be the start of the winter programme.
Details of the winter programme to follow shortly.

Facebook updates

Ben Nevis & Fort William Webcam

The Ben Nevis Webcam is located on the banks of Loch Linnhe, Fort William. The web cam updates every minute and captures fantastic views of Ben NevisFort William, Loch Linnhe and Aonach Mor.

Buachaille Etive More Webcam

Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe, Argyll, is one of the most beautiful mountains in Scotland. The picture of it above was taken a short time ago by a camera at the Glencoe Mountain Ski Centre.

Weekend Walk









Walk starts in Balmaha and climbs Conic Hill with great views all round. Walk then continues on West Highland Way to Drymen.

The meeting location has changed to an Airdrie start.

Extra info:

Date: Saturday, 24 September 2023

Leader 1: David Dunn

Location: Balmaha to Drymen via Conic Hill

Grade: B (?)

Distance: 8 Miles / 13Km

Leader 2: Jackie Wilson

Location: Drymen circular

Grade: B (?)

Distance: 8 Miles / 13Km

Booking: Please contact Christine McMahon on 07837 990985 to book on the walk. Please send a text including your name and pick-up point. You can only book as an individual or for family or couple bookings. All bookings will be acknowledged with a confirmation text. This may not be immediate so please be patient.

Meeting Location: The first pick-up will be Airdrie at 8.30am across from the railway station followed by Coatbridge behind the Time Capsule. (Printed programme and website had said Coatbridge start).

midweek walk








Reasonable paths for most of the way with some muddy parts. Boots or good walking shoes are recommended.
The walk follows the Clyde Walkway to Bothwell Castle.

Due to holidays, the Wednesday walk scheduled for 4 October, will be brought forward a week to Wednesday 27 September.

Date: Wednesday, 27th September 2023

Leader: David Dunn

Walking Area: Bothwell Bridge to Bothwell Castle (Return from Uddingston to car park by public transport.)

Meeting Place: Meet at the small car park on the Hamilton side of Bothwell Bridge (opposite the Animal Welfare Centre) at 12 noon.

Distance: 7 Miles / 11.3km

Booking: To save your place, phone David on 07746714394. Booking is recommended in case of any changes to the advertised programme. Please note there is no charge for these walks, unless public transport is required.

Future social events, Christmas 2023 and Easter 2024

Replies are required asap with regard to the Christmas Night and Easter weekend as these have to be booked in the next couple of weeks

Please find listed below forthcoming social events, Christmas overnight event 2023 and Easter weekend 2024.

Quiz Night – Friday 15 September (Finished – Successful)
The annual quiz night will take place in Coatbridge Indoor Bowling Club, price £5. Liz Cushley will be taking the names for this in due course. As per last year food will be provided and we will also be having a raffle for club funds.

Murder Mystery – Friday 20 October
Tony Grimason is arranging a Murder Mystery evening in Coatbridge Indoor Bowling Club. Price TBC will include a 2 course meal, details to follow. Tony will be taking the names for this in due course.

Overnight Xmas Party Night – The Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore – Saturday 16/Sunday 17 December
The proposed night out will take place on the weekend of 16th/17th December 2023. The cost of the weekend will be £58 per person, and will include evening meal with entertainment and a full Scottish breakfast. The night out is open to all club members, friends and families. Anyone interested should email Jackie Wilson at jacquelinewilson117@gmail.com giving name(s), and room requirements (single, double or twin).

Please note if we do get enough numbers it may be possible to put on a bus leaving from our usual stops at Coatbridge and Airdrie. Can you also confirm if you would like to go on the bus when you are putting your name and room requirement down.

NB: if you have already put your name down on the original list can you please still email Jackie.

[UPDATED] Easter 2024 – Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April (3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast) 

The club has confirmed our Easter 2024 break at the Highland Hotel in Strathpeffer travelling with Caledonian Travel.  Details of full balance due and coach pick ups will be sent to all attending nearer the time.  Please note there are no more single rooms on offer, only one twin/double room is available either for sole occupancy or for sharing. https://bespokehotels.com/highland-hotel/

Please ensure you state names, number of tickets and meal choices.

  • Location: Coatbridge Indoor Bowling Club
  • Date:  Friday, 20 October ’23.
  • Contact: Email Tony on tonygrimason@yahoo.com, asap and no later than 31 July.
  • Time: Friends and family welcome. Please be seated for meal being served at 7.30pm
  • Price: £15 (2 course meal)

A two-course meal will be served via Clubhouse Catering with coffee/tea served afterwards.

The choices are as undernoted: All served with accompanying assorted veg.

  • Lentil Soup or Pate and Crackers
  • Vegetable soup or Mozzerella Sticks (Vegetarian Option)

Main Meal

  • Steak Pie
  • Chicken Breast & Peppercorn Sauce
  • Cajun Pasta or Macaroni Cheese (Vegetarian Option)

The price of the tickets (which is separate from the meal cost) will range between £10 – £20, depending on numbers, e.g.:

  • 30 people cost would be £20
  • 60 people the cost would be £10 or somewhere in between.

Once Tony has the exact numbers, everyone will be informed accordingly. The club will keep the price of the tickets to the bare minimum.
Tickets will be allocated on a first-first served basis i.e. members, followed by family & friends and members of Coatbridge Indoor Bowling club.
The theme on the night is Halloween – so, feel free to dress up accordingly.

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