Major diversion near start of West Highland Way route

editorial image

Hikers planning to complete the West Highland Way are being diverted around craigallian Loch because of powerline work.

The diversion at the start of Mugock Wood, a mile north of Milngavie, follows a path to Mugdock Castle, before heading along an alternative route on the righthand side of Craigallian near Carbeth.

The four week closure, which started on April 28, is being carried out by Scottish Power which is replacing outdated overhead powerlines from the 1960s.

According to one source it was decided to close this section of the West Highland Way because of the amount of large vehicles that were being used in the refurbishment work.

Louise Macfarlane, manager of Milngavie Information Centre at the start of the Way, confirmed this.

She said: “We have been working closely with Interserve, the company carrying out the work on behalf of Scottish Power, and are satisfied that everything has been done to minimise the disruption cause by what is essential work.”

Ms MacFarlane said she had walked the diverted section just to make sure it had been signposted properly.

She added: “At the end of the day we don’t want people getting lost and having to come back the same way.

“We just want to make everyone aware of this diversion which has the added bonus of passing by Mugdock Castle.”

May is traditionally one of the busiest times for completing the 96 mile trek from Milngavie to Fort William, which crosses some of the most beautiful and rugged countryside in Scotland.

A spokesperson for Scottish Power said: “This work is all part of our essential refurbishment programme between Windyhill and Lambhill sub-stations in North Glasgow.

Part of the overhead line replacement work crosses over the West Highland Way and it was agreed after consultation with landowners and the local authority to close a section of it while the work is being carried out. Once the work is completed it will guarantee a regular and reliable supply of electricity to the areas in the north of the city.”

The West Highland Way uses many ancient roads, including drovers’ roads, military roads and old coaching roads .

BONNIE BANKS: Craigallian Loch. Picture by Alan Ingram.