Kilpatrick Hills

A popular pastime

John Hood

Heading up into the Kilpatricks was a very popular pastime, whether building gang huts in Scott’s wood, climbing the crags, fishing for tadpoles in the many bomb craters, or heading for Loch Humphrey to get birds’ eggs.

Our Sunday

Irene Haworth

And I remember when we got bigger, about seven or eight, my Dad used to take Dorothy and I a walk every Sunday with our best coats on, and we’d go up the glen, up the Rosie Road, and down, we’d comethrough Filshie’s Farm, the horse, Dobbin the horse and we’d feed it, the horse on the Rosie Road, and gather rosehips from, to take, I think the school used to take the rosehips in, and we’d come down through Filshie’s Farm and my Dad would stand and talk to John Fishie, the father and the boys. It was good. That was our Sunday.

Brandy well

Elma Roberston

Once the Napiers went away, we were allowed to go up the Kilpatrick Hills with guides from the Gavinburn farm and we were able to go up when my uncle was the gamekeeper... We used to go up on a Sunday, not as far as Loch Humphrey but my father and my uncle, his brother, and his kids and us would go up the hills and past the Haw Craig and under the cliff where you go to Loch Humphrey. There was a troch there and my uncle used to call it the Brandy Well and we would walk to the Brandy Well and get a drink out of this troch... that was about as far as we went and even that has changed a bit from erosion because we used to get, we called them diamond stones, it was quartz, there used to be a lot of quartz and we'd always be looking for bits of quartz. My mother used to hate it because we had bits of them all over the house... We spent a lot of time in the hills. When I was into my teens and when I was at high school, a bunch of us would go up but on a Sunday the family would have family walks up there.

I remember coming down from high school and going up the Old Kilpatrick hills with a friend from high school, because we climbed down the crag under it, the Haw Craig and she froze half way down. When I look at it know I think gee wizz, we were bold right enough, no wonder she froze but we managed to get down to negotiate it, so you must've been allowed up then, after the war.

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