Stage 1: Milngavie to Drymen

The first section of the West Highland Way is something of a prelude through the landscapes of the Lowlands. The urban landscape is left behind at Milngavie as the route passes lochs and woodland before dropping into Strathblane in the shadow of the Campsie Fells. Many walkers extend this stage by continuing as far as Balmaha.


Mostly tracks and country lanes, with section on disused railway line. Can be very muddy in places.

Public Transport

The West Highland Way begins in the heart of Milngavie, marked by a stone obelisk on pedestrianised Douglas Street. From the rail station this can be reached by turning left out of the station, heading through the underpass, and then keeping left along Station Rd onto Douglas Street (it is signed). From the obelisk, head under the 'West Highland Way' arch down steps to the left of the benches. Cross the parking area and the road beyond, taking the walkway that runs to the left of the road ahead, marked with a WHW sign. At a path junction keep straight on, passing under a bridge, and further on keep straight ahead once more when a path for the library goes off left.


Milngavie town centre. Map and directions.

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