Kilsyth Main Street
Kilsyth Cemetery and the tower over the tomb containing the embalmed bodies of Jean Cochrane and her son
Burngreen Park in Kilsyth, and the ironwork of Kirkintilloch's Lion Foundry
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In 2008 Kilsyth became a Walkers-Are-Welcome town, a tag that smacks to me a little of desperation. For are all towns not welcoming to walkers? Apparently not. But the truth of the matter is that Kilsyth does appear to have a lot of recognised walking paths. In fact, never have I seen quite so many paths in such a wee place. I noted down a few from a sign detailing The Kelvin Valley Path Network, and it included the Antonine Walkway, Neilston Walk, Kilsyth Town Walk, Bar Hill Path, Pat McCann Walkway, Five Fingers Path, and countless others, most of which are well-signposted. And that's not even touching on the Forth & Clyde Canal, which passes through the edge of town and provides ample opportunity to walk or cycle all over the place. If you throw the Falkirk-Wheel (about 9 miles to the east) into the equation with its link to the Union Canal then you start to see that you can effectively walk or cycle to practically any part of Scotland, all from little ol' Kilsyth. There's not a great deal of what you might term regular tourist attractions in Kilsyth, but it's a fairly attractive place with some things to visit and make you hang around for a small while. There is, for example, something most folk don't know about, and you can find it in Kilsyth's old cemetery. It's a small tower with a panel that tells the story of a seventeenth century tomb containing the embalmed bodies of a Jean Cochrane and her son. And to find out the utterly fascinating story behind it you're going to have to get to Kilsyth to find out for yourself. So get walking.
How to

You can get a train to Croy from Glasgow Queen Street station. Kilsyth's a 2 mile walk from there. There's a bus service too.
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