West Highland Way Section 1 – Milngavie to Drymen

Further Information

Location Map

Distance: 579.67 km

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Route Summary:

The easy first section of the West Highland Way lulls you into a false sense of security.

Distance: 19 Kms

Ascent: 300 metres

Time: 6 hours

Start and Finish: Milngavie to Drymen

Facilities:

Beech Tree Inn at Dumgoyne (at the 11.2km point)

Keep an eye out for:

Public Transport:

Railway station at Milngavie. There are no direct buses between Milngavie and Drymen, so it’s not practical to base yourself in Milngavie for the first night.

Weather Forecast:

Mountain Weather for the West Highland Way.

West Highland Way Guidebooks:

Scottish Highland Guidebooks:

Businesses on this section of the West Highland Way: 

West Highland Way Section 1 – Milngavie to Drymen Details

The first section of the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Drymen, starts off in the centre of Drymen, rather uninspiringly outside Costas! This first leg is more lowland than highland, but is a steady start to the trail. Many will not be sufficiently prepared, and this section allows you to ease into the West Highland Way gently.

The section sets off from Milngavie, on good paths as far as Dumgoyach before setting off on a former railway line. It becomes even easier going, to Gartness and easy country lanes to the outskirts of Drymen.

One of the highlights of the section is Mugdock Country Park, which includes the ruins of the 13th century Mugdock Castle, the seat of the Clan Graham. One tower still stands despite the castle being partially destroyed during the Civil War and being incorporated into a Victorian mansion. There are further ruins of the more recent gothic revival castle of Craigend Castle.

West Highland Way Section 1 – Milngavie – Drymen Route Map and GPX Download

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