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Up the Dumpling by Gartocharn, Loch Lomond

Taking advantage of this recent lovely weather, we decided to take a quick hike up Duncryne Hill, (known locally as The Dumpling) which is close by Appletree Luxury Self Catering Cottage, Loch Lomond.

After a short drive along the back road, we pulled up and parked in the large layby just above Gartocharn Village which lies on the A811 between Balloch and Drymen.

Although the hill is on private land, public access is permitted by the owners. Once out of the car we went thought gate and started our walk to the top.

The first part of the walk is a pretty trail through the woods for about three hundred yards. The dappled light played on the recently refurbished footpath as we made our way up the hill.

Its not long until we're out of the woods and crossing a long level section before the final climb. The dumpling shape is clear ahead of us.

After about fifteen minutes we're very close to the top of the hill. The climb is not too steep and the path is well made, although it can be a little muddy in the wet.

Very soon we reach the summit. Our small effort in climbing is rewarded disproportionately with magnificent panoramic views. We can see to the north Loch Lomond and its many islands, and to the east the Forth Valley with the distinctive line of the Campsie Hills. To the south lies Dumbarton and to the west Helensburgh and Argyllshire


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