The canal capital of Scotland
The only town along the Forth and Clyde corridor with the canal passing through its town centre, Kirkintilloch is known as the 'canal capital of Scotland'. For one week every August, the town celebrates its heritage with the popular Kirkintilloch Canal Festival, an action-packed programme of activities and events centred around the marina.
An impressive history
Peel Park in Kirkintilloch marks the site of a Roman fort on the Antoine Wall - once the most northern frontier of the Roman Empire in Britain. While nothing of the fort is visible on the ground today, it's still worth a visit for its historical significance. You can also see the remains of a later medieval motte (known as the Peel) and Kirkintilloch Castle, both of which were constructed over the remains of the Antonine Wall. While you're there, pop into the Auld Kirk Museum; free to visit, it's a great place to learn about local history.
Shopping and leisure
The main shopping centre in East Dunbartonshire, Kirkintilloch has a wide range of shops and services, but if you're after something more, you're just 10 miles from the bustling metropolis of Glasgow, with its impressive shops, art and culture.