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Get your Santa on and get up Conic - December Route

Posted by Find Your Adrenaline on

On the back of our  November Route with Glasgow Trailfest we spoke to Jo and Ryan and thought we'd try and temp you out again during December. 

So here's another route to take a crack at, same logic applies: get out there, run it, track it on Strava, take some footage, and tells us what you think, tagging all the usual channels for both FYA and Glasgow Trailfest - oh and please include the hashtag #runsnowy for extra points!!!

Santa will be watching who's been naughty and nice and there will be some OMM gear under your tree for the best festive story, picture and/or video.


For those who got lost on Whangie Burncrooks, you'll be glad to hear this route is a darn sight easier to follow than Novembers and it's one we've done before a 15km Conic Loop -  A couple of hints and tips below and the Strava Route included too, but really if you get lost on this your probably safer indoors - Its West Highland Way for Pete's sake!! 

It starts with a drive to Drymen unless you fancy stretching the legs further on the WHW beforehand.

From the Square in Drymen head North up the
Old Gartmore Road for a little over a mile and a
quarter until you get to the Forestry Commission
car park at Garadhban. Park the car, start your
watch or phone at the Gate and you're off and
running. Just follow your nose and the West
Highland Way.

Once you come down off Conic, head through
the car park at Balmaha and turn left and head
along the B837 to Milton of Buchanan. Your
on the pavement for a mile and half but once

you get to Milton of Buchanan you head left
up Creityhall Road (Pictured) and back onto trails.

The kicker here is that while you are figuring
Conic will be the worst of the climbing (and in
straight elevation terms it is), the drag back 
up from 

the main road to regain the WHW back to you start
point is the real killer.

One final piece of guidance - when you head back up the hill from Milton of Buchanan, make sure you don't turn off the trail until you regain the WHW and turn right at the four way crossing to retrace your steps to the finish at the car park.


As always the usual disclaimers apply – running the route is at your own risk, you need to be fit to so and carry appropriate kit and provisions to do so safely. Remember its getting cold and slippy out there so take extra care.