Earl’s Seat, Campsies

At a height of 578 m (1896 ft), Earl’s Seat is the highest of the Campsie Fells. Relatively unspectacular-looking, it fades into the background behind it’s impressive neighbour Dumgoyne Hill. That said, the summit is a great vantage point with panoramic views across to Loch Lomond and the Scottish Highlands on one side, and the city of Glasgow and beyond on the other.

Technical sheet
No. 26221398
A Stirling walk posted on 30/08/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 31/08/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h45[?]
Distance Distance : 10.79 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 577 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 569 m
Highest point Highest point : 569 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 32 m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Stirling
Starting point Starting point : N 56.014942° / W 4.364552°
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Grassy Trail

Description

(D/A) From the north end of the lay-by, cross the A81 onto a single track road at the other side, passing some houses on your right.

Continue gently uphill for approx 800m. Along the way you'll pass a house on your left, cross a bridge over a burn and then pass a third house.

(1) Just beyond the third house you will reach a wide track which you cross straight over (East) onto an open grassy area.

(2) Follow a grassy path leading towards some trees at the foot of Dumgoyne Hill and after crossing over two stiles you are ready to start your ascent at a particularly boggy area!

Take care at this point: the most obvious track heads east towards the summit of Dumgoyne Hill. Whilst you can go that way, it is extremely steep and is actually unnecessary, so instead.....

(3) Look out for a track which bears left (North East) from just beyond the stiles at (2). Note that it is very easy to miss this fork (see image on Gillian's Walks for an illustration).

(4) Walk uphill for a distance of 400m then keep left (East) at a fork at 280m elevation to skirt around the side of Dumgoyne Hill.

(5) The land soon starts to flatten out. 500m along at a crossroads continue ahead (North East).

From here the track begins to climb again. Continue in a north-east direction, gaining height for the next 1.2km, and ignoring any trails off to either side of you.

(6) The track goes around Garloch Hill.

(7) Continuing north-east, another 600m along the trail you will pass through a fenceline.

(8) 1km along from here you will come to a fork - keep right (East).

(9) The path soon changes direction (South East) to reach the summit of Earl's Seat. To reach the trig point you need to climb over the fence.

From the summit, retrace your steps back to the lay-by (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 32 m - Lay-by off A81 close to Glengoyne Distillery
1 : km 0.83 - alt. 104 m - Cross over wide track
2 : km 1.15 - alt. 142 m - Stiles
3 : km 1.17 - alt. 145 m - Fork
4 : km 1.56 - alt. 277 m - Fork
5 : km 2.08 - alt. 354 m - Crossroads
6 : km 3.32 - alt. 535 m - Path around Garloch Hill
7 : km 3.93 - alt. 500 m - Fenceline
8 : km 4.81 - alt. 543 m - Fork
9 : km 5.39 - alt. 569 m - Earl's Seat summit
D/A : km 10.79 - alt. 32 m - Lay-by off A81 close to Glengoyne Distillery

Useful Information

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Transport

  • Car parking available in lay-by off A81 immediately after passing Glengoyne Distillery
  • Bus stop on A81 outside Glengoyne Distillery

Terrain
Mostly grassy tracks, the route can be wet underfoot and boggy in places. There is a steep section near the start before the route levels off to a far more gentle gradient. Two stiles and once fence to climb over. It is a very exposed area with no shelter so navigation skills are essential. It is advised to carry a map and compass and know how to use them.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Campsie Fells - this walk can be extended to include an ascent of Dumgoyne Hill
  • Glengoyne Distillery
  • Village of Killearn near by
  • Village of Strathblane near by
  • Mugdock Country Park near by

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