GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Banton Loch

1 miles (1.4 km)

This walk visits Banton Loch on the lovely ColziumEstate near Kilsyth. There's some peaceful trails from the western side of the water with lots of wildlife to look out for on the way.
On the southern side of the loch look out for the cairn commemorating the 1645 Battle of Kilsyth. After exploring the lochside paths you can head to the historic ColziumHouse where there are more nice trails around the grounds and gardens. The site includes the ruins of the 16th century castle, a visitor centre, garden cafe and awalled garden.
The loch is also known as TownheadReservoir and was built in 1773 as a feeder loch for theForth and Clyde Canal.


G65 0PY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Banton Loch OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Banton Loch Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The garden cafe on the Colzium Estate is a nice place to relax with refreshments after your walk.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north from the town and you could visit the expansive Carron Valley Reservoir where there are more nice waterside paths and miles of woodland trails through the adjacent Carron Valley Forest. Just to the north west of the water there's the Loup of Fintry where you'll find beautiful 94ft high waterfalls. You can also pick up the more challenging Meikle Bin Trail in this area.
The city of Stirling with its impressive castle and nearby North Third Reservoir are also worth visiting.
In Cumbernauld to the south there's the splendid Palacerigg Country Park, Fannyside Lochs and Broadwood Loch to explore.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Walks page.


Footbridge over an outflow from Banton Loch - - 920642

Footbridge over an outflow from Banton Loch. The cairn commemorates the battle of Kilsyth.

Banton Loch - - 920653

Banton Loch

Colzium House, Kilsyth - - 1707021

Colzium House, Kilsyth. The house and estate are principally used for public recreation, as the venue for the annual Kilsyth International Carnival in mid August, an "Italian Picnic" – a gathering of Italian/Scottish families, and functions such as weddings and parties. There is also a finewalled gardenand a small theatre, the "clock theatre". The estate still contains the ruins of the 16th century Colzium Castle just 100 metres north of Colzium House.

Colzium Lennox Estate - Walled Garden - - 2002320

Colzium Lennox Estate

Eucalyptus Niphophila, Colzium Estate, Kilsyth - - 1707054

Eucalyptus Niphophila, Colzium Estate, Kilsyth. Or Alpine Snow Gum. A little bit of Australian fauna flourishing in not so tropical Kilsyth.

Path beside Banton Loch - - 706455

Path beside Banton Loch


GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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