Five Lochs Trail Trip Report

Early morning frost

Early morning frost on the Five Lochs Trail

A number of years ago I became involved in the local access forum, a group which is composed of a combination of access officers, land users such as walkers, cyclists and anglers, and land owners. At one meeting somewhere long forgotten I heard of a proposed Five Lochs Trail, linking five large bodies of water east of Airdrie. These are the Black Loch, Forrestburn Reservoir, Hillend Reservoir, the Lilly Loch and Roughrigg Reservoir. There is an old saying that a committee is where good ideas are taken and quietly strangled, and for one reason or another that is what appears to have happened here. A combination of lack of money and will, combined with a touch of GOML (Get Off My Land) means it is unlikely we will see an official 5 Lochs Trail in the coming years. This niggled away at me until an article in a magazine article sparked a thought. Why not do my own trail?

Read full trip report HERE.

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