komoot planned a hike.
May 8, 2019
The West Highland Way begins from the town of Milngavie. Before you set off on the 96-mile (154-kilometer) route, it is worth topping-up on any supplies you might need.
The first day is relatively flat and easy-going—aside for the detour shown here to the summit of Dumgoyne—giving you a nice warm-up for the rest of the week.
Along this stretch, you experience a little taste of what is to come; rivers and smaller lochs before the highland landscape opens up as you cross into Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
A short time into the walk, you enter Mugdock Country Park and it is worth making a slight detour to see Mugdock Castle; a fantastic 13th-century castle that is free to enter and is in a picturesque setting.
Approximately eight-and-a-half miles (13.5 kilometers) into the route, there is a diversion to the summit of Dumgoyne. This distinctive hill affords fantastic panoramic views over the landscape and is a fun challenge. However, the ascent is very steep and the detour will add approximately 90 minutes to the day.
Stage one ends in the village of Drymen. Before you finish for the day, an exploration of the spooky ruins of Buchanan Castle is a good experience.
There is a range of accommodation is Drymen. For more information, visit: visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/drymen-p235061.