Cycling Around Eaglesham and Whitelee Wind Farm
Eaglesham is an excellent centre for cycle trips particularly in the area towards Strathaven and Darvel. The Whitelee wind farm offers off road opportunities both within the wind farm and for routes crossing the area. It is a pity there is no cycle lane out from Clarkston but once in Eaglesham there is a range of opportunities from short evening trips to a local pub to longer all day expeditions. The countryside is hilly and some routes can be a little challenging but the roads are generally very quiet. The main risk can be of punctures from thorns after autumn hedge cutting. Routes through the windfarm are on good off road surfaces.
This list gives some ideas for enjoying the area by bike. Some routes are well signed and following these with a local map alternative trips can be devised. The best map for the Eaglesham area is Ordnance Survey Explorer no 334. OS Landranger 64 [Glasgow] covers Eaglesham but some routes extend on to 70 and 71. For detail of Whitelee it is best to use the windfarm leaflet/map available from the visitor centre. Whether creating your own route or following one of these suggestions get on your bike and enjoy the countryside. Other than no 1, all routes start from Eaglesham cross. Distances are approximate. Comments or suggestions welcome!
- Route 1: Around Auldhouse
- Auldhouse, Jackton, Waterfoot and Bonnyton
- Route 3: Thorntonhall, Carmunnock, and Kittochside
- Route 4: Back of Ballageich and Humbie Road
- Route 5: Williamwood and Mearns Castle schools
- Route 6: Mearns and Moor
- Route 7: Strathaven
- Route 8: Strathaven – the long route
- Route 9: Windfarm Spine Road
- Route 10: Corse Hill
- Route 11: Over the Windfarm and back by Auldhouse
- Route 12: Moor Road and Louden Valley
- route 13 Waterside and back through Whitelee