Ellangowan Paper Mill

Location type


Names and dates

Allander Cotton Mill (1790-1879)
Allander Paper Mill (1879-1882)
Ellangowan Paper Mill (1882-1955)

Served by the Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway.


The Ellangowan Paper Mill branch passed under the former main road in Milngavie to the site of the mills where a number of sidings were available. The branch was really a long siding.

The overbridge and cutting walls are the main remains of this line, the trackbed now being Ellangowan road and a footpath (the start of the West Highland Way). Woodburn Way was built across the trackbed just above the level of the closed line. The mill's site is now a housing and a library although one of the mill ponds remains as an attractive feature by the library.



Chronology Dates

  /  /1960Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Ellangowan Paper Mill goods branch closed.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

Milngavie 1896: Dumbartonshire Sheet 23.08 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Dumbartonshire)

Old Milngavie

The Bennie Railplane

The West Highland Way: From Milngavie to Fort William (Cicerone guides)