This page has been added for your enjoyment during lockdown and may also be useful to those of you accessing our website from elsewhere. Some of you may have had to follow strict guidelines regarding isolation and therefore unable to enjoy the lovely weather we have been blessed with so far. Various photographs of Kilsyth and the surrounding area will be included as well as video clips of the new lambs and the animal life around us.
Here are a few different views, hopefully you will recognise them. The first one is the lovely wee gate into the glen followed by two in the glen. The others are up in the moors, with two different views across Kilsyth. Finally, the Colzium burn taken from Granny's Mutch. Click on each one then follow the arrow to the right. Enjoy! 3 Aug 2020.
28 July 2020
Some views of Kilsyth Hills from a different angle - the first one shows Kilsyth Primary School and the church tower beyond. The others are taken from the "Cooches". Also a nice view of the avenue of trees leading up to Colzium House. Finally, some geese which I was reminded about recently. 15 July 2020.
Some more local scenes taken on Monday 20 July. The canal; a view of Kilsyth from the Twechar Road; and the path towards the Kelvin walkway. Lastly a wild flower which, though not 100% sure, is a hemp nettle. Answers on a postcard please!! Hopefully, you are enjoying these photographs of the lovely, local scenery we have on our doorsteps. Click on each photograph to see it more clearly.
Here is a photograph along with some history!
Going up Balcastle Road turn left after the farm and heading towards Queenzieburn, you will see this flat topped mound which is actually a Pictish Fort. We are indeed surrounded with history! It is considered to be the most entire work of it's kind in Scotland.
The photo was taken by one of our choir members, 6 July 2020.
It's now over 100 days since the beginning of lockdown! Here are some local wildflowers taken around Kilsyth, plus an update on the swans at Bogside Pond. Taken on 2 July 2020. Please mute the video clip!
Firstly - haven't the cygnets grown quickly?
Then, some views from the Dumbreck Marsh area over towards Queenzieburn and to the top of Kilsyth as well as the Dumbreck Marsh itself.
24 June 2020
Even when the weather isn't as nice as it has been, Kilsyth is still a lovely place.
Here are some photos of a few "weel kent" places - Colzium House, the Bandstand and one of the paths in the Burngreen.
Hopefully, the sun will come back out again soon. 22 June 2020.
The Moors and Auchinstarry
The burn which runs down past the golf course and just before you go onto the moors has some lovely wild flowers at the moment - maybe someone can name them! Meanwhile, down at the quarry, the swan family are growing very quickly and learning from their parents. The lily pads on Bogside pond are opening up beautifully with yellow irises in the background. 15 and 18 June 2020.
Here is a short video clip of the swan family at Auchinstarry Quarry. The little ones are progressing really quickly!
These photographs were taken around the canal and from Nethercroy Hill with views of the Kilsyth Hills. Look carefully at the first photograph, you can see the church.
The Marina is still beautiful and the dredger was out working today.
Sad to see the Boat House surrounded by fencing, closed during these times.
There are also some beautiful wild flowers growing around the area at the moment. The yellow Iris is next to the burn along past the football pitches, while the honeysuckle were seen at the Colzium and Burnbank Terrace. The pond at Bogside is absolutely full of yellow water lillies just about to open up. Watch this space! Apparently, these have a strong smell of alcohol, hence it's common name of "brandy bottle".
13 June 2020
At Auchinstarry Quarry, this heron seems to be waiting for a catch - he was very patient anyway.
Further along the Kelvin, a family of swans seemed to be enjoying the beautiful weather and surroundings.
1 June 2020
Here are two short clips taken at the curling pond showing the ducks and their new chicks. Just listen to all the birds around too.
Allanfauld Farm - clipping the tups!
Here is another video from Libby and Archie showing what happens next in the world of sheep and the shepherds: clipping the tups (male sheep). They must surely feel quite a difference with their coats removed. What a noise they make; they could be heard all over Kilsyth!
The ewes (female sheep) will be done at the end of June.