Kirkintilloch is a historic town that is also known as the ‘Canal Capital of Scotland’. Kirkintilloch lies 8 miles north east of central Glasgow and within easy reach of the M80 and M74 motorways, is easily commutable by road to Glasgow, Stirling and surrounding areas. Nearby Lenzie traing station has regular trains to Glasgow with only a 23 minute train journey into Queen Street station and a 35 minute train time to Stirling. Regular local bus services connect Kirkintilloch to Glasgow and the surrounding area.
Kirkintilloch is well served with four medical centres, several dentists and vibrant shopping areas which includes a variety of supermarkets, local shops and a large retail shopping centre – the Regent Centre
The Antonine Wall runs through Kirkintilloch directly through Peel Park, where a Roman fort used to stand. This is now a designated World Heritage Site and the Wall’s location is prominently shown next to the Auld Kirk. A high mound in the park marks the site of a mediaeval castle whose moat still survives, and a bandstand and fountain made in Kirkintilloch by the renowned Lion Foundry can also be seen. A large war memorial commemorating those lost in World War II also stands in the park. Close to the park is the Auld Kirk Museum, a Grade A-listed church. The museum now hosts a collection of around 13,000 items of local and national significance, as well as a variety of temporary events and exhibitions throughout the year.
Kirkintilloch Town Hall is listed as a building of special architectural or historic interest, but has been closed since June 2004 due to restoration works. The town’s library contains a large amount of East Dumbartonshire’s archive and a community hub. The Regent Centre shopping mall was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, and the town also has a selection of shops as well as a variety of eateries.The marina is a popular visitor spot and every year in August the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival celebrates the town’s status as ‘Canal Capital of Scotland’. The Luggie Aqueduct can be found in Kirkintilloch and is known locally as the ‘Unique Bridge’.