Day out - hiking trip Milngavie to Drymen

Let's go out and enjoy a bit of nature. We will do a hike from Milngavie to Drymen which is the first part of West Highland Way.

It is 19 km of not very demanding walk. We will start at Glasgow and take a train to Milngavie. Approximately after 12 kilometres we'll have a stop at Beech Tree Inn to recharge our batteries. There is a bus station nearby, so those who are aiming for a short hike can take a bus to Milngavie and train back to Glasgow. Those who hang on and reach Drymen can go by a bus from Drymen to Balloch and train back to Glasgow.

8 comment(s)

  • Catriona Cripps

    Catriona Cripps

    I am up for this but thinking of driving to Milngavie or Drymen and leaving the car - will work out logistics

  • Liz Taylor

    Liz Taylor

    Am also planning to join the hike.

  • Teresa Jackson

    Teresa Jackson

    Hi all. Just checking of those going, who is plannng on driving? I'm going to take a car and ideally we'll be able to leave 1 or more car at Drymen and another a Milngavie so we can ferry the Drymen car driver back at the start and people back to Milngavie at the end of the walk. We have at least 6 people going so far. Anyone doing the short walk will probably need to get the bus unless again there is more than one driver doing it? Let us know and we can coordinate! :-)

  • Liz Taylor

    Liz Taylor

    Hi Teresa, I am planning to get the train to Milngavie rather than drive. If it looks like we need some cars I am happy to change my plan and drive! Let me know what you think. I plan to walk to Drymen.

  • Andy Cowle

    Andy Cowle

    I'm up for this. Will prob have to do short version as I am not yet fit, despite my olympian good looks and build...

  • Andy Cowle

    Andy Cowle

    I'm up for this. Will prob have to do short version as I am not yet fit, despite my olympian good looks and build...

  • Andy Cowle

    Andy Cowle

    I'm up for this. Will prob have to do short version as I am not yet fit, despite my olympian good looks and build...

  • Teresa Jackson

    Teresa Jackson

    Hi all, just checking to see if there's any last minute requests to join the hike on Saturday. We can manage one or two more on transort back from Drymen or if you want to do the 7 miles to Beech Tree and have lunch, there's a bus which takes you back to Milngavi in 20 minutes or Glasgow in just over an hour. Here's the final details, meet point etc... START TIME - 9.15am Our meeting point is the Obelisk in Milngavie High St (the official start of the West Highland Way). Here’s some info on the walk itself: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/milngavie-drymen.shtml It’s mostly forest trails and country lanes. There is one ‘climb’ but not excessive and that’s past the half-way point at the Beech Tree Inn. What to wear/bring: Trainers should be fine but if you have walking boots they’re good too. Bring something waterproof and layers work well to adjust to any changes in weather. A small rucksack with suncream, water and some snacks is a good idea. ESTIMATED TIMINGS 9.15am to 12.00pm First leg from Milngavie to the Beech Tree Inn. It’s about 7 miles from the start to here. It will take us around 2 ½ hours. Perfect timing for lunch! If anyone wants to drive to the Beech Tree to join us/pick up walkers finishing here, please do :-) 1.00pm to 3.00pm The second part of the walk is just under 5 miles and will take us around 2 hours (perhaps less depending on our pace but it’s not a race. TRANSPORT If you’re travelling to Milngavie by train and want to meet with other hikers, we suggest the 8.40am train from Central Station, which arrives at 9.04am into Milngavie. If you’re finishing your walk at the Beech Tree Inn, there is a bus back every hour at 5 minutes to the hours at (the B10 operated by First) The closest bus stop from the pub is at Glengoyne Distillery (12 mins walk) - it stops at Milngavie and continues to Glasgow - to Milmgavie it takes 20 minutes - to Glasgow, it takes 1 hour 11 minutes If you’re driving to Milngavie, there is a large car at the station and it’s free to park all day. Getting back from Dymen My car - I can drive you back to Milngavie station ONLY as I am heading straight to Killearn afterwards and not the city centre. I have the following people I’m taking: Anna Liz Cat Alison Julie Lynne’s car - Lynne O’Neill will also have her car at Drymen and so far is taking just herself and her dog. She may be able to take one or two asl well back to the city (she lives in Gorbals)