NS7672 : Luggie Water

taken 8 years ago, near to Luggiebank, North Lanarkshire, Great Britain

Luggie Water
Luggie Water
Flowing west towards the ravine east of Luggiebank.
Notes :: NS6573
The Luggie Water is a river whose headwaters rise in the general area north-east of the village of Greengairs and western parts of Fannyside Muir in the administrative council area of North Lanarkshire which flows to the northern outskirts of Kirkintilloch where it merges with the Kelvin.

There would appear to be no single 'source' of this river although some commentators have previously claimed this to be Herd's Hill on Fannyside Muir. There is indeed a drainage ditch choked with rushes and containing little moving water to the west of this hill which initially runs in a southerly direction before taking a south west route and thereafter westerly bearing joined by other ditches along the way before it joins with another burn coming from the south at a place called 'Rumblybugs' Bridge on the road between Wester Glentore farm and Cumbernauld.
The burn from the south - which is the larger of the two contributing streams that make the first notification on maps as Luggie Water after the confluence of the two is in turn an entity also made of drainage ditches from fields to the north east and north of the village of Greengairs.
It is therefore difficult to claim a single source for this river and it can be safely assumed as per the Ordnance Survey that the river called the Luggie Water commences at the confluence of its contributories at Rumblybugs Bridge. From this point to the Luggie's confluence with the Kelvin is a distance of approximately 11 miles .

In downstream order after Rumblybugs the burns flowing into the Luggie are;
Cameron Burn - Where it joins the Luggie at Tannoch bridge. The Cameron would appear to be the larger stream of the two.
Shank Burn - Another large burn almost as big as the Luggie empties itself into the Luggie near Garngibboch west of the A73.
Gain Burn - At Auchenkilns Holdings a few hundred metres downstream of Garngibboch bridge.
Mollins Burn - On the eastern edge of the village of Mollinsburn.
Bothlin Burn - At Oxgang in Kirkintilloch. The Bothlin escapes from Bishop Loch it is joined by the Garnkirk Burn east of Davidston farm. The Bothlin is without a doubt the Luggie's major contributing stream. Its source the Bishop loch was a third larger in area than it is today a result of the Forth & Clyde Canal Company abstracting water to supply the canal at Kirkintilloch via the Bothlin. This is done by a canal feeder drawing water from the burn near Claddens by way of a weir and sluice.
As it flows through Kirkintilloch it is crossed by an aqueduct that carries the Forth & Clyde Canal. After this it is but a short distance until it meets the smaller Kelvin.

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Monday, 12 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 14 October, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 768 727 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.8917N 3:58.4133W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 769 727
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