Start your journey at Overtoun House
Begin exploring lovely Overtoun Glen, and the wilder moors, crags and woods of the Kilpatrick Hills above, from beside historic Overtoun House. Marvel at the deep glen from the old bridge, wander through a new native woodland or head higher up towards soaring Lang Craigs for stunning views. There’s a spectacular panorama over Glasgow, along the Clyde and out to the open sea. On a clear day, you’ll see as far as Ben Lomond and the Trossachs too.
You can start exploring from Overtoun House car park, or walk or ride up from nearby Dumbarton. West Dumbarton Council has produced leaflet guides for circuits from Dumbarton to Overtoun House and for the 8 mile (13km) Crags Circular trail. The council also has information about other trails around Dumbarton.
Please note, forest operations are underway within Auchentorlie Forest. We will provide diversions around the works where possible. For your safety please follow all on site safety signage and diversions.
There is a tea room at Overtoun House, which is usually open on Fridays and Saturdays. There are services on the A82 at Milton, and public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in nearby Dumbarton.
Mountain biking trails
Discover the Kilpatrick Hills
Overtoun House is in the heart of the Kilpatrick Hills, which lie to the north of the River Clyde overlooking the historic towns of Dumbarton and Clydebank. They’re only 9 miles (14.5km) west of the centre of Glasgow, and easy to reach by rail, road, bus and bike, but you can find a real sense of wilderness and spectacular views here.
Overtoun Estate is one of thirteen Commonwealth Woods, designated as part of the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which provide outdoor spaces for you to enjoy free events and activities, get active or just go for a walk in the fresh air. The network of green spaces around the city includes a mix of well-established and newly-planted woods, and a new riverside park created out of derelict land opposite the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village.
A new native woodland
Woodland Trust Scotland has been working with the local community to establish a new native woodland on the moorland beneath Lang Craigs. Some 20,000 trees are being planted to create new habitats on the hill and attract lots of native wildlife. Visit the site to see how they are getting on.
The grand Scottish Baronial manor of Overtoun House was built in the 1860s for James White, a retired local lawyer. His family lived here until 1938, when the house was given to the people of Dumbarton. During World War II it was used as a military hospital and it later became a maternity hospital until the 1970s, when it fell into disrepair. Today it is being restored and used as a Christian centre for young people.
How to get here
Overtoun House is off the A82 at Milton, about 2 miles (3km) east of Dumbarton.
From the A82 dual carriageway at Milton, look for a turning north onto Milton Brae, a minor road opposite a car showroom. Follow this road uphill for about ¾ mile (1.2 km), then bear right between two stone gateposts, following signs for Overtoun House. Continue along this narrow road for another ¼ mile (400 metres), until you reach a small car park on your left. This car park, operated by West Dunbartonshire Council, is at grid reference NS 425 761.
G82 2SH is the nearest postcode.
There are regular buses between Glasgow and Helensburgh or Balloch that stop at Milton. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
At Kilpatrick Braes you can discover tracks winding through heathery hills to Loch Humphrey, with spectacular views over the Clyde, Glasgow and beyond. Head for Cochno to find peaceful Greenside Reservoir, and a fairly steep climb that rewards with panoramic views of the River Clyde, the city of Glasgow and the Trossachs.
Other places you might like to visit nearby include:
The Saltings Local Nature Reserve, also near the Erskine Bridge, has a range of easy trails suitable for everyone through woodlands, meadows and wetlands busy with wildlife.
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