The most popular path is to climb Dumgoyne, up and back again, from beside Glengoyne Distillery, but the front of the hill is quite eroded, and this is a more interesting route from the village.
|12km / 7.5 miles
|2.5 hours approx. plus breaks
|Farm tracks, moorland (can be wet / boggy) and steep scramble.
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Depart from the Monument (*1) down Main Street towards the Co-Op, turning left (*2) up Ibert Road, next to the Outdoor Classroom, in front of Townfoot. Follow the road between the fields and turn right up the slope. At the top turn right again, in front of AuchenIbert. Continue through Kirkhouse wood and through two sets of metal gates, behind a large house on the edge of the village, Shepherd’s Lodge. Follow the path next to the fence line down to join the Pipetrack above High Lettre Farm.
At approx. 2.3km – after the road up from the farm joins the Pipetrack – take the left-hand fork up the hill (*3). Follow this farm track (climbing over a couple of gates) up the hill for 2km. At 4.5kn the track splits: take the right-hand fork on up the hill with Dumgoyne in front of you (*4). Climbing up towards the ridge, after 5.8km take a feint path leading off to the right, across moorland, towards Dumgoyne (*5). (If this path is missed – continue on up to the ridge and turn right to re-join the route.) The path leads between two hillocks and on down to the foot of the hill. There is then a steep scramble up the back of Dumgoyne, eventually leading to the trig point at the summit (*6) at 6.5km. Enjoy the magnificent views out to Glasgow, Strathblane, Duntreath Castle, Loch Lomond, the Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond. (An Option to avoid the steep scramble to the top is to continue to the right, around the shoulder of the hill to rejoin the path leading down to the Pipetrack.)
Continue on down the front of the hill, taking care on the loose surface. At some points the path crosses eroded gullies: always take the upper, right-hand route on round the front of the hill. Make your way down the slope (slippery when wet), over the stile across the fence and down to the Pipetrack (*7) at 7.8km.
Turn right back towards Killearn – following the Pipetrack all the way though woodland and across fields. [After 9.2 km a small path leads off to the right through trees to an old stone quarry – and interesting little detour.] Above High Lettre Farm continue on up the slope to Kirkhouse Wood. Through the gates and over the burn, after 10.8km (*8) turn left down through the woods. Go through the gap in a line of mature beech trees and bear right into an open grassy area. Continue down behind Gartaneaglais house, to Main Street. Turn right, up through the village, back to the Monument 12 km).