Silvanus and Croy Hill

Auchinstarry Marina

Readers of my May Gallivanting post might recall our visit to Aurelius, a giant Roman head at Lambhill Stables, part of a new trail along the Antonine Wall. I mentioned that there is another head on Croy Hill in North Lanarkshire, but that it was currently out of bounds to us plague-ridden Glaswegians. As soon as restrictions lifted and we were allowed to leave the city we were off to meet Silvanus!

We parked at Auchinstarry Quarry, between Kilsyth and Croy, and set off along the Forth and Clyde canal on the opposite bank to Auchinstarry Marina, passing the ruins of Craigmarloch Stables, which served the horses using the canal in its heyday.

At Craigmarloch Bridge, we crossed the canal where a family of geese were enjoying the weather (as were we).

We took the footpath up and over Croy Hill, heading back in the direction from which we came, high above the other bank of the canal. We met Silvanus very quickly.

As at Lambhill, there is also a replica distance stone from the wall here. If you enlarge the information panel below you can see the original, now in the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum, and read about the sculptors and stonemasons involved in the installation.

Walking on beyond Silvanus, we could see the clump of trees where the Roman fort stood more than 1,800 years ago, guarding the northernmost frontier of the Empire.

Continuing to the summit of the hill, we had fine views all around us.

Our descent took us through the sensory trail behind Auchinstarry Marina – other than this rather nice pole with local history scenes on it, the garden looked as though it could do with a little TLC though.

This was a lovely Sunday afternoon stroll, essentially the right hand loop on the rather stylised map above. We’ve also done the left hand loop to Bar Hill Fort several times, and on occasion the whole circuit taking in both forts. It was so refreshing just to get out of the city after so long, and to see some different scenery.


    • That’s a very interesting place to visit, both for the village itself and the riverside walks and waterfalls surrounding it. It’s in South Lanarkshire rather than North Lanarkshire (the county was divided in a local government reorganisation a few decades ago).


  1. You had some nice walks and I really like the way the hiking trails are done. I love the image of the melancholy Prisoner( well he would not be dancing) and Triton. I’m also so glad that art students can create what was made centuries before.


  2. Wow, that looks like a big head! I think I prefer the distance stone. I find Triton very charming, and not just because The Little Mermaid was one of my favourite movies as a child. The poor prisoner doesn’t look too happy though.