Kilsyth is a town in North Lanarkshire, roughly equidistant between Glasgow and Stirling. It is one of nearly 50 Walkers Welcome towns in Britain.


Kilsyth is reputed to be the birthplace of the winter sport known as curling. In 1645, the armies of James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, loyal to Charles I, defeated a force of Scottish Covenanters under William Baillie a few miles outside the town. The Battle of Kilsyth is represented on the town's Coat of Arms as two crossed swords.

The town is home to roughly 10,000 inhabitants.

Get in

By plane

Aside from the private Cumbernauld airport, the nearest airport to Kilsyth is Glasgow Airport (40 km). This is served by many major airlines, including BMI and British Airways. Edinburgh Airport is slightly further out (56 km), as is Prestwick Airport (80 km). Although there are public transport links from all three airports, these are not ideal and car hire is recommended.

By train

Although Kilsyth does not have its own railway station, it is close to Croy Station, which can be reached by a short bus ride (on either the Stagecoach-run dedicated station bus number 349, or the local Canavan’s Bus service, number 43).

Croy Station is conveniently situated on both the Glasgow-Edinburgh and Glasgow-Dunblane lines, so until around 7 pm in the evenings, there are four trains an hour from Glasgow Queen Street to Croy. Depending on whether a Dunblane or Edinburgh train is used, the journey takes from between 15 – 20 minutes. A Cheap Day Return will cost £4.20.

From Edinburgh, trains are half-hourly until after 6 pm, when they run hourly.

By car

From Glasgow, the quickest route involves driving along the A803, via Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch. It is essentially a straight road, although one does pass through residential areas. Caution is advised when driving at night, as between Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch, and Kirkintilloch and Queenzieburn, there are stretches of road which are poorly lit. Kilsyth is also easy driving distance from both Falkirk and Stirling.

By bus

First Bus runs services to Kilsyth from both Glasgow, Falkirk and Stirling. The town can also be accessed by bus from nearby Cumbernauld.

Get around

Due to its size, Kilsyth can easily be covered on foot.




Most of the shops in Kilsyth are situated on Main Street. There are few recognisable High Street names, with most of the shops being run by local businessmen. There are two principal supermarkets – The Co-operative on Main Street, and a Lidl just off Main Street.

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