Milngavie to Drymen

The West Highland Way starts from Milngavie town centre where you can stock up on last minute supplies and get your bearings before heading off towards Mugdock Country Park on the first leg of your West Highland Way adventure.

Milngavie has a direct train link to Glasgow city centre and you can also return here from Fort William at the end of the journey. Take a look at the section on travelling to the Way here.

The journey from Milngavie to Drymen is a good warm up for the rest of the route. It is a relatively flat introduction to the diverse landscapes you will encounter during the coming 96 miles. Some smaller lochs and rivers accompany you along the Way as views open up to reveal the highland landscape beyond Drymen.

The official route skirts around the village of Drymen and on towards Balmaha, but many walkers choose to end their first day in Drymen or to stop in for supplies and refreshments. The map shows the route into Drymen from the West Highland Way.

You have now arrived in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Click on the symbols of the map on the right to find out more information about each of them. 

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Elevation profile

Fast facts


12 Miles (19 km)


A relatively simple start to the Way on footpaths, tracks and lanes with no major climbs.

Start height: 66 metres
End height: 50 metres
Maximum height: 202 metres
Minimum height: 12 metres

Be aware

Upon leaving Drymen you will be entering an area where camping management byelaws are in effect from 1st March to 30th September. Wild camping is restricted to defined permit areas.


Milngavie, Mugdock Country Park, Dumgoyne & Drymen


Milngavie, Mugdock Country Park, Drymen