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Open hills and distinctive crags with a wilderness feel and stunning views, all in easy reach of Glasgow

Overtoun House

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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.

Notices

Closures: from Thursday 2 November until Friday 22 December a section of the woodland around the Grouse Butts and associated paths will be closed. This is shown on the site plan (PDF 1.4 MB) in red. For your safety please follow all on site safety signage.


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Life’s essentials

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.

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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.

Commonwealth Woods

The Kilpatrick Hills were one of fourteen Commonwealth Woods, designated as part of the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, that 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.

Overtoun House

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.

Contact: Scottish Lowlands Forest District

Address: Five Sisters House, Five Sisters Business Park, West Calder

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700

Email: scottishlowlands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


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.

Using SatNav?

G82 2SH is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are regular buses between Glasgow and Helensburgh or Balloch that stop at Milton. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

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.

Visit Dumbarton Rock and Castle to find out more about this ancient stronghold beside the Clyde and about ship building on the river at the Scottish Maritime Museum at Dumbarton.


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