Sitting on the edge of the National Park, above Glengoyne Distillery, Dumgoyne is an easily identifiable hill which offers fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding area.
This is one of the toughest wee hills in the series. While the walk is only 2.5 miles in distance, the slopes of Dumgoyne are very steep (its height is also 1280 feet/390m)) and it is advised walkers take their time when going up and down, not just to conserve energy, but also to take in the quality views.
By the time you reach the summit you are welcomed by stunning panoramas of the rolling Campsie hills to the east, Loch Lomond, the striking line of the Highland Boundary Fault and Menteith Hills to the North, with the Arrochar Alps further towards the West, while to the south is the city of Glasgow.
There is a lay-by about 100 yards north of the Glengoyne distillery by the side of the A81 where you can park.
Cross the road, taking extra care as the traffic can travel fast, and follow a track going up past some white cottages. When the track forks turn right and follow it up past a large metal gate and up through trees.
After crossing a small burn go through a gate on the right and into a field. Bear left to pass in front of two large arrays of solar panels and walk diagonally across the field, straight towards Dumgoyne hill.
At the far side of the field cross two stiles and then begin the extremely steep walk up the obvious path ahead – take your time. As you get further up the hill you can look back for views opening up over Loch Lomond – to the right of the loch is Conic Hill with Ben Lomond behind it.
Head straight up the steep slope and after ascending over a false summit, you reach an upright stone on the top and even more extensive views which are simply breathtaking.
Descending from the hill is best done by retracing your steps back to the start. Make sure to bring plenty of water and wear appropriate footwear (walking boots or similar).
We want everyone to enjoy the National Park in a safe and responsible manner. Be aware that the owners of the land you are crossing might be engaged in land management activities and you should help minimise the chance of disturbance. Read more about it in the Heading to the Hills practical guide.
Hiking and hillwalking are risk activities. Always ensure you are prepared before heading out to the hills – information and practical advice on how to stay safe can be found by reading about Safety and skills in the mountains from Mountaineering Scotland.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority cannot be held responsible for any accidents, injuries or damage sustained whilst hiking in the Park. All persons taking part in such activities do so at their own risk, acknowledging and accepting the risk of accident, injury or damage.