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Monklands Ramblers

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since 1985

before booking

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.

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

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

Sunday, 5 May:

Arrochar area

Sunday, 19 May:

Crail area (changed from Saturday 18 May)

Sunday, 2 June:

Killin area

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Scottish mountain Webcams

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 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

The next walk will be posted up soon...

Note: Although this is a B+ walk the pace will be suitable for all walkers.

The walk on Saturday 20 April, Yair to Traquair is quite muddy in places so boots are recommended and gaiters would be worth wearing if anyone has them.

Should you have any questions please contact Ken on 07711 612520

Walk Report:

The walk starts from a parking area close to Yair Bridge (south of Galashiels) and follows the Southern Upland Way all the way to Traquair (south of Innerleithen)

The walk gains height (approx. 1000ft, 300mtrs) over the first 2.8 Mls, 4.5Kms on forest tracks and paths to The Three Brethren, a group of 3 Cairns marking the meeting of three old Estate Boundaries (Yair, Philiphaugh and Selkirk).

The walk then follows an undulating route on grassy hill paths until it meets the Minchmoor Road, an old Drove Road. The walk then enters a forest and follows the Cross Borders Drove Road passing below Minchmoor and then the Cheese Well which is beside the path.

The walk then descends on hill path and track for approx. 2.5 Mls, 4 Kms to the end at Traquair.

Extra Info:

✔ Date: Saturday, 20 April

Leader: Ken Paton

✔ Location: Yair to Traquair” (Southern Upland Way)

✔ Grade: B+

✔ Distance: 10 Miles / 16 km

✔ Bus Fare: Bus fare is £15. Exact money is appreciated. New walkers first journey using the bus are able to use our Fit For A Fiver Promo, by paying £5.

✔ Booking: Please contact Ken Paton on  07711 612520 to book on the walk. Please send a text including your full 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.

✔ Pick-up: First pick-up will be Coatbridge at 8.30am (at the back of the Time Capsule) followed by Airdrie (across from Airdrie Railway station).

Wednesday walk








Note: We will stop to pay our respects and lay a wreath at the Stanrigg Pit Disaster memorial en route to Caldercruix – where 19 mine workers (men and boys) sadly perished due to a mine collapse.

✔ Date: 1 May

Leader: Tony Grimason

✔ Location: Airdrie to Caldercruix Linear Walk

✔ Grade: C

✔ Meet up: Meet at Farmfoods, Airdrie at 11.00 a.m. (opp. Airdrie Train Station – Edinburgh line). We will start the walk at 11.15 a.m.

✔ Recce: A walk from Airdrie Town Centre via Rawyards Park, upwards to the Rawyards Forestry Trail & the Skytower (highest viewing point over Airdrie), and onwards through countryside to Caldercruix Train Station.

✔ Finish Time: Approx. 4 p.m. Mixture of pavements, park, countryside, and farm tracks. Approx. 6 miles.

✔ Booking: TEXT the walk leader, Tony Grimason, on 07516238706, No phone calls

1. ONLY CONTACT the walk leader within 2 weeks of the date of a scheduled walk.
2. Maximum number on each walk: 16.
3. Booking is on a first come, first served basis.
4. A reserve list will be created in the event of cancellations.
5. No charge is applied for those participating on these walks.
6. Financial costs associated with transport are at participants own cost.
7. All walks are between 6 and 8 miles, and will be undertaken at a leisurely pace.
8. Appropriate weatherproof clothing and walking shoes/boots & poles recommended.


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RA Membership

Monklands Ramblers is an official Ramblers Association Group. We receive annual funding from the RA to finance club administration such as the website, walk leader recce expenses, the Fiver promotion etc.
RA members receive a welcome pack plus excellent quarterly magazine and an entitlement to walk with any Ramblers group in Britain. There is also access to an extensive online library of walks and discounts available to members eg Cotswold Outdoor Company, O.S maps, Ramblers Holidays etc.
You can join the RA here.
Please indicate your local group is: Monklands.


The Ramblers' Association is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company registration no. 4458492. Registered charity, Scotland no. SC039799.

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