Start location: A82, access to Upper Stoneymollan Farm (NS 381 816)
End location: Kirkton, Cardross (NS 342 806)
Geographical area: Strathclyde and Lanarkshire, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
Path Type: Coffin Road
Path distance: 6.75km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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Newsflash: 18th April 2020 was the date arranged for a guided walk (now postponed until next year) along the Stoneymollan Road as part of the Walks Programme arranged by ScotWays for its members; this year the walks celebrate ScotWays' 175th Anniversary. Other historic routes featured include the Thieves Road (Feshiebridge), the Herring Road, the Cauldstane Slap, the Old Road by Macduff's Cross and the Spout of Ballochleam. If you're not yet a ScotWays member, please consider joining up as membership helps support the Heritage Paths project; it'll be great to see you on the walks when we're all back out and about!
Starts at footbridge over A82 - wooden signpost "Cardross 7.5km" - and follows the access road to Upper Stoneymollan Farm to a gate at NS373817 where there is another wooden signpost "FP to Cardross 6.5km". A pleasant green/stony path leads uphill to a plantation (Darleith Muir). The track continues through the plantation and on down through rough pasture to Blackthird Farm. (Parts of this section of the track are very muddy after wet weather due to cattle (including feeding stations) and farm vehicles. Bulls with cattle have been encountered on the track either side of Darleith Muir.) From here a metalled road is followed to Auchensail, Kirkton and thence on to Cardross
The Stoneymollan Road is used in part by the John Muir Way which as of 2014 runs from Helensburgh to Dunbar. Weaving its way through lowland Scotland, this 215km trail also takes in parts of the Gowk Stane Road, the Strathkelvin Railway Path, the Forth & Clyde Canal, the Antonine Wall and the Union Canal.
OS Landranger 63 (Firth of Clyde area)
This is an old coffin road that people would have used to carry their dead to be buried in the consecrated ground of the church at Cardross. At nearly 7km long it is quite a distance to carry a heavy load and often coffin rests are found along these routes, which were flat or raised stones of flattened cairns for resting the coffin on. At these points the carriers could also take a rest, but there are no reports of any of these surviving on this route.
The first edition of Ordnance Survey's 6 inch to the mile maps shows this road as being called the Cross Stone Road and indeed there was supposedly a cross stone on the route. Now all that remains is the base of the cross at NS362827 as the cross itself is thought to have gone missing around 1880. It is perhaps at this point that the coffin bearers would have taken a break.