Walk: Dumgoyne... & a dram

[Dumgoyne from Garloch Hill]

Looking northwards from Glasgow, Dumgoyne is one of the most prominent bumps on the skyline. If you have a penchant for painful ascents, the first mile to Dumgoyne summit is for you. From the Campsie Fells plateau beyond, fabulous views north towards the Arrochar Alps, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs even on a grey day like today. Of course we couldn't resist a distillery tour / dram on return at Glengoyne, self-styled as the slowest distillery in Scotland!

[Glengoyne Distillery]

Name: Walk: Dumgoyne... & a dram ★★☆
Length: 11 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 710 metres
Main summits: Dumgoyne (427 metres); Earl's Seat (578 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Glengoyne Distillery
Start / finish: Layby (can get full) just north of Glengoyne Distillery, G.R.: NS 527827 / hilltop widely recur

Route: Layby & Glengoyne Distillery - Dumgoyne - Garloch Hill - Earl's Seat - return by outward route, avoiding reascent of Dumgoyne by traversing north face
Terrain: Clear paths, eroded and increasingly vertiginous around Dumgoyne, soggy towards Earl's Seat. Still the odd snow patch on north-facing slopes.
Wildlife today: Kestrel hovering over the flanks of Dumgoyne
Weather today: Grey and hazy but dry, light but chilly wind. Just above freezing on the plateau.

Name: Glengoyne Distillery ★★☆
Description: Picturesque distillery straddling the Highland / Lowland whisky border.
Location: A81 3 miles north of Strathblane, G.R.: NS 528827 / ticket buying thankful
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £9.50+ depending on tour type

[The Campsie Fells with Dumgoyne (right) and Earl's Seat (centre) seen from Finnich Glen (photo from a week later)]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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