A Kiltwalk is more than just a physical challenge to raise money for good causes.
It's also a day of entertainment, banter, bagpipes, refreshments and a chance to make new friends. Fun, emotional and Inspiration.....
Here's your guide to the day.
Registration, Hampden Park
- Parking is available until Monday in the Blue section of the car park, just after Hampden Cabs
- Registration starts at 07:30 in the West tunnel.
- Teas and coffee and porridge are available to buy, Highland Spring, Tunnocks and OJ are available free of charge
- Designated stewards amongst you will already have detailed route information and a snazzy high viz vest
- We will take any personal belongings on to Loch Lomond, items you don’t want to carry for 26 miles!
- We’ll have section of the stand to sit and eat and wait for the start
- At 08:25 everyone will be asked to gather in the D of the track behind the goal on front of the West stand
- Cat Harvey from Real Radio will address the crowd and get everyone ready for the start, including our unofficial world record attempt at the Slosh
- At 09:00 Cat and the Kiltwalk Kids will lead us out through the East tunnel, through the car park and left onto Aitkenhead Road
- Strathclyde Police will be escorting us safely from the stadium for 2 miles to the Clyde.. We will be walking on the road and holding up traffic, so we’ll be keeping it as tight as possible (no stragglers at this point!) to minimise the disruption to traffic
- Red Cross will be providing en route first aid support, including four cyclists
- Raynet will provide radio communication support (and words of encouragement) along the route
- The next 24 miles is on the Sustrans pathways, mostly alongside rivers and canals to make it a much more pleasurable walk than it would be through the city.
- We access the Sustrans at Gorbals Street / Clyde Street on the North bank of the Clyde.
- PLEASE BE PATIENT, CONSIDERATE AND ORDERLY AT ALL TIMES
- Beware of cyclists...it's their path too so please keep to one side
- There will be a pit stop at Gorbals St (loos only), Yorkhill Hospital, Yoker (loos only), Bowling, Dumbarton and Vale of Lethen, with first aid, toilets, lots of refreshments and entertainment
- There will be a Red Cross Ambulance on standby
- There are several parts of the walk where we will go off the Sustrans and onto public roads
- The stewards will have maps to navigate these sections and back onto the Sustrans
- PLEASE TAKE CARE ON THESE SECTIONS, especially the crossing at Dunglass Roundabout
- Please also be considerate of traffic, residents and pedestrians
The Finishing Line!
- The finishing line is at the Loch Lomond Shores, a perfect view to end the walk! You’ll be asked to hand in your registration card at the finish and will be presented with a unique Kiltwalk medal and some refreshments
- Real Radio will be on stage to welcome everyone across the line, and we'll also have live music to entertain you
- Our marquee will contain seating and a bar, and you’ll be able to get your personal belongings
- There will be toilets facilities on the Shores, plus shower facilities
- There is also plenty of car parking for your relatives and friends.
- For those staying on to celebrate there will be live music all evening in the marquee.
- Buses will be leaving at 19:30, 22:30 and 00:30 those who book by email
Please have a brilliant day, and we’ll see you at Hampden!
It takes a lot of work to get a licence for the Kiltwalk.
If there are any issues or complaints we won’t get a licence for future Kiltwalks, and the Charity will lose out. So please follow these simple guidelines:
- Be considerate to other users of the pathways and roads
- Do NOT drink alcohol on the walk
- Do NOT relieve yourself in the open. We have portable toilets at pit stops, and there will be pubs, cafes and shops near the pathway at many points
- Leave room for cyclists on the pathways – we suggest walking two or three abreast at most
- Piped out of Hampden through the East tunnel, we follow Aitkenhead Road and onto the River Clyde
- The route then follows the Sustran's pathway (National Route 7) west along the River Clyde.
- Past Bells Bridge the route passes The Tall Ship before heading away from the river’s edge.
- Up to Yorkhill Hopsital and thre first pit stop, then round Kelvingrove Park and back to the NC7
- The route used to follow the course of the disused Partick to Yorker railway, but the Glasgow Harbour area is being redeveloped so please look out for signed diversions.
- After passing close to the docks of Clydebank, the route joins the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal, passing under the Erskine Bridge, and past The Saltings Ecology Park into Bowling where the canal meets the Firth of Clyde and a marina is being developed.
- From Bowling, follow another old railway line into Dumbarton, where Dumbarton Castle sits on Dumbarton Rock - a 240ft high volcanic plug jutting into the River Clyde.
- After passing through Dumbarton, the route heads north away from the Firth of Clyde towards Loch Lomond, following the meandering River Leven on a traffic-free path passing through the communities of Renton, Alexandria and Balloch.
- From Balloch it’s a short hop through the park to Loch Lomond Shores
- There will be regular pit stops along the route with some refreshments, entertainment, toilets and first aid suppport
- Set off from Loch Lomond Shores
- Across the Moss O'Balloch park
- 2 circuits of Balloch Castle estate
- Back to Loch Lomond Shores