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Gouk Hill

Gouk Hill is a small but steep rise to the east of the town of Helensburgh on the western edge of the National Park.

The hill is 277m high and forms part of the Highland Boundary Fault Line and is a section of the long distance coast-to-coast walk, the John Muir Way, from Helenburgh to Dunbar, in East Lothian.

The route to the top follows an old coffin road and drove road into forests above Loch Lomond. A climb up a steep slope then leads to the Gouk Hill viewpoint with vistas that take in Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond in one direction and Balloch Country Park and the Campsie Fells in the other.

To find out more about the trail up to the summit click here to access the Helensburgh to Balloch stretch of the John Muir Way.

Views towards Loch Lomond (credit - Hayley Robertson)

Before you go…

You’ll often find yourself in locations such as working farms, estates and areas protected for their conservation value, and we hope all our visitors will act responsibly and respect their surroundings, while having a safe and enjoyable time in the National Park.

  • Always ensure you are prepared; information and practical advice on how to stay safe can be found by reading about Safety and skills in the mountains from Mountaineering Scotland and on our ‘Respect Your Park & stay safe‘ page.
  • Be aware that the owners of the land you are crossing might be engaged in deer management and other farming activities and you can help minimise the chance of disturbance. Read more about it in the Heading to the Hills practical guide.

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.

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