Suburban Milngavie is an inauspicious place to begin a great long distance walk, and the mountains aren't even in sight from here. But the West Highland Way had to start somewhere. This whole stage has the air of a prelude, a warm-up to get you into your stride for the rest of the route. It's a pleasant enough country stroll - green and leafy, but unremarkable. The main scenic interest is around the foot of the Campsies, where the pointy mini summit of Dumgoyne gives a worthwhile potential detour.
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Distance: 12.51 miles (20.13 km)
Total ascent: 255m
Steepest Gradient: 8% (1 in 13)
Time: 5 hours (Walking)
Additional InformationStart Stone obelisk marking the start of the WHW on Douglas Street in Milngavie, NS552744; Finish Centre of Drymen, NS474886
Gentle paths, cycle tracks and some tarmac walking. No real hills. WHW waymarks to follow at every junction.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath – Met Office: West Highlands
Train from Glasgow to Milngavie; Drymen has buses to Balloch (another rail link to Glasgow)
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