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Carbeth to Drymen


  • Distance / Time: 7 miles (11.2 km) / 3 to 4 hours
  • Total Ascent: 271 m
  • Total Descent: 238 m
  • Max Height: 163 m
  • Terrain: A relatively simple stage on footpaths, minor roads and made up path on dismantled railway trackbed.
  • Accommodation: Easter Drumquhassle,  Drymen,
  • Refreshments: Dumgoyne, Drymen
  • Toilets: Drymen
  • Places of Interest: Standing stones, Duntreath Castle, Glengoyne Distillery.

The Route:

  • At the B821, turn left and follow the road for 300 metres until you reach a Ramblers' Gate on the right.  Passing through the gate you enter 'Tinkers Loan, a broad ride between two stone walls.   Here the Way rises to another stile on the skyline with a view of the Campsie Fells.
  • Continue north towards Dumgoyach, a tree studded hill. Before reaching the hill, look out for standing stones on high ground to your right.
  • The path curves right round Dumgoyach to cross Blane water by a wooden footbridge.
  • Turn left to follow a disused railway line, this is the track bed of the old Blane Valley Railway. To your left, a well enclosed aqueduct carries water from Loch Lomond to Edinburgh.
  • The next major landmark, Glengoyne Distillery, is reached within a mile. It is a large white building, with a pagoda shaped roof, to the right of the path. The distillery is open to the public and a notice on the Way indicates a path to it and extends an invitation to sample “Scotland’s unpeated malt whisky”.
  • Continue along the Way to cross the A81 at Dumgoyne. There is a welcome stop here for refreshments.
  • The Way continues parallel to the A81 for about 2.5 km (1.5 miles), passing the site of the former Killearn Hospital on the opposite side of the road. Just after the hospital, the Way passes under the B834 and, after a further 1 km, re-crosses the A81.
  • Shortly after crossing the A81, the Way leaves the old railway and climbs up by a bridge to turn left onto the minor road from Killearn to Drymen, a short distance from Gartness.
  • At the crossroads, continue straight on along the minor road following on to Easter Drumquhassle where can be found the first of a chain of wooden wigwam shelters provided along the West Highland Way in 1995. These were built, using local timber, to provide low-cost accommodation on sleeping platforms.
  • From the crest of the hill, the islands of Loch Lomond can be seen to the West. 1 km further on, the road descends past a large disused sand quarry to your left and, after a further 1 km, the road bends left over a small bridge. Immediately before the bridge, turn right at the way marker, down some steps onto a footpath. Stay on the path until it meets the A811.
  • At this point the Way crosses the A811, turns right and follows the road for a short distance before it turns left through a gate toward Balmaha.  A finger post marks the turning. 
  • Take care crossing the A811. It is a busy road with a 60mph (96kph) speed limit.
  • However, if your destination is Drymen, turn left at the A811 and, almost immediately, turn right and follow the B858 into the village.

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