Kirkintilloch, East Dumbartonshire
Kirkintilloch is eight miles to the north east of Glasgow. A town with a long history; a Roman settlement was situated in the area dating from the 2nd century. Kirkintilloch’s name means “fort at the end of the hill”. Locals affectionately call the town Kirky. Kirkintilloch’s most impressive export were the UK’s iconic red post boxes and telephone boxes, which were made in the town until 1984.
Getting to Kirkintilloch
Being situated so close to Glasgow; Kirkintilloch is able to take full advantage of all the excellent transport links that Glasgow has to offer. Kirkintilloch is serviced by Lenzie railway station that has frequent trains to Glasgow Queen St. station.
When to go?
Since the 1960s, when the local government used Kirkintilloch as a relocation town for Glaswegians moved to aid the redevelopment of the city centre, Kirkintilloch has been reduced to more of a satellite town. Specific events in Kirkintilloch are few and far between. It would perhaps be best to look towards Glasgow for specific events. The good news is that Glasgow is Scotland’s most vibrant city and there is never a shortage of events.
Activities in the area
Wild by nature provide safari type activities in the surrounding areas and up in the breathtaking Loch Lomond area. Included in their activities are canoe safaris, bushcraft days, mountain trekking and kayaking trips.
Bedlam paintball offers different game zones and specialises in accommodating groups.
Kirkintilloch’s close proximity to Glasgow means that amazing nightlife is only a short trip away. Kirkintilloch does however have some great Italian eateries continuing the great tradition of Scottish - Italian establishments.
Ghiloni’s café has been running for 114 years, serves great, rustic Italian food and their ice cream has won awards.
Café Mariana is a real local favourite serving great home cooked Italian food.
If Italian food is not your bag, then Ashoka Brassiere is a smart, modern Indian restaurant. A particular highlight is their haggis pakora.