Banton

The village of Banton is located near to the town of Kilsyth in Scotland. Originally a cluster of houses and a farm to the north (now referred to as High Banton) was what existed of the village and then coal-mining brought about the settlement we see today. Nestled under the Kilsyth Hills. the village is a small community with a shop a pub/restaurant (The Swan Inn) a local primary school, church and bowling green. A number of Banton residents in the past secured employment in the Banton weaving mill. However once the mill closed this changed and locals had to seek employment in other fields. Businesses with operations in the village include Bennett Homes and Border Demolition based at the old mill. A livery business and a dog grooming parlour have recently become established in the Mailings side of Banton.
The Townhead Reservoir (or Banton Loch) is in the vicinity (3/4 mile to the west) of the village, and this was once the property of the company that owned the Forth and Clyde Canal. It was widely used by a boating club for many years, but has latterly been secured for use by a local fishing club. The source of the River Kekvin is situated at the south east corner of the village near the site of the old Lammerknowes Farm.
Transport is provided today by the A803 non-trunk road between the Falkirk area to the east and Kilsyth and Glasgow city to the west. The village lies on a spur of this road 1/2mile due north of Kelvinhead. An hourly bus service between Falkirk/Camelon/Larbert/Bonnybridge/Banknock - Kilsyth/Kirkintilloch/Bishopbriggs/Springburn/Glasgow is operated every day by First Bus Company.
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