Thomas Muir

100 - 102 Crowhill Road Bishopbriggs Gllasgow G64 1RP


“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people.

It is a good cause… It shall ultimately prevail…

It shall finally triumph”

Thomas Muir (Aug 1793)

of Huntershill (1765 – 1799)

Father of Scottish Democracy

Site sponsored by


The Thomas Muir Heritage Trail


Walking in the Footsteps of the Father of Scottish Democracy


An 18 km heritage trail linking the Campsie Fells to North Glasgow through beautiful countryside, villages and towns, visiting sites significant in the life of Thomas Muir.


The heritage trail can be cycled or walked in either direction, in its entirety or in parts. It naturally breaks into stages and there are opportunities for refreshments and diversions along the way.


Most of the Thomas Muir heritage trail is on established off-road paths which are fairly flat and well-made.


Between Clachan of Campsie and Kirkintilloch it follows the Strathkelvin Railway Path – a former branch line from the Glasgow–Edinburgh railway – and between Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs its route is the towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal.


Elsewhere the trail follows streets through Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs. Waymarkers make the trail easy to navigate and on some of these waymarkers there are QR codes which, if you have a smartphone, allow you to access information relevant to the sites and to the story of Thomas Muir.


For a fuller account of Muir’s life, look out for the companion booklet,

‘The Life and Times of Thomas Muir’.

   Both of these publications are now available to download free of charge

(Iphone not currently compatible with flash - view on android, Mac or PC)

Photography by Jimmy Watson        B&W Images courtesy of EDC


Main point of interest on route

 (1) Clachan Of Campsie

St Machans graveyard - final resting place of :


(2) Ballencleroch


(3) Lennoxtown



(4) Milton of Campsie


(5) Birdston & Hayston


(6) Kirkintilloch


(7) The Stables, Glasgow Bridge


8) Cadder Church


(9) The Forth and Clyde Canal


(10) Bishopbriggs


(11) Huntershill Village


(12) Huntershill House


Heritage Trail maps and booklets

Available at the following venues


Thomas Muir Coffee Shop

Huntershill Gift Shop

Bishopbriggs Library

Clachan of Campsie Tea Room

Kincaid House

William Patrick Library

The Stables

Smiths Hotel