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.

You can find out distances between various locations along the West Highland Way using the mileage chart lower down the page.

Click on the symbols of the map to find out more information about each of them. This map is not intended for navigation purposes. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2017. 

Elevation profile

Fast facts


12 Miles (19 km)


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

Height range: 19 – 140 m
Height at start: 51 m
Height at finish: 64 m

Be aware

Upon leaving Drymen you will be entering an area where camping and firelighting management byelaws are in effect from 1st March to 30th September. During this time camping is only permitted in campsites and designated permit areas.


Milngavie, Mugdock Country Park, Dumgoyne & Drymen


Milngavie, Mugdock Country Park, Drymen


Scottish Fire and Rescue have issued a fire risk warning from 17-20 April. We strongly advise against having fires or barbecues during this period.