Earl's Seat from Glengoyne
Earl's Seat


Estimated net time 3-4 hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water The only access to water is the uisge beatha (water of life) at trail head.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (April 2014).
Parking Room for 4-5 cars at trail head, and more close to trail head.
Start height 30 metres
Vertical metres 695 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 10.0 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Earl's Seat trail head by Glengoyne Destillery.
  Route towards Earl's Seat from north of Dumgoyne.


From Glasgow drive north on A81, approximately 22 km (13.7 mi) from M8. You need to exit junction 17 (A82) and then follow signs for A81. Follow A81 to Glengoyne Distillery and park on a small car park on the left hand side of the road 100 metres past the distillery.

Start your hike by walking back along A81, past the distillery, and aim for a small stile a few tens of metres south of the distillery. From the other side of the fence follow the path up on the left (north) side of the distinct top Dumgoyne, and then continue east/north-east on the obvious path. Turn south-east 500 metres north-west of the summit and follow the path up to the summit cairn.

You can descend via your ascent route, or you can follow a vaguer (and slightly more boggy) path in a more direct line a little south of west back to the main path. From here descend by reversing your ascent route.



27. April 2014

I had been staying the night at the (not very nice) West Park Hotel in Clydebank, after having failed to find a vacant room in Glasgow's west end. After a very basic breakfast I headed north on the A81, but ended up having to do a de-tour that cost me more than 30 minutes because of road works.

The hike to Earl's Seat was longer than expected, and I ran almost all the way back down in order to be in Kelvingrove Park in time to pick up Sigurd, and then off to Parkhead for Celtic-Inverness (6-0).

Photos 27.04.2014