There are many routes to the summit of Dumyat, the most popular being the “motorway” from Sheriffmuir. This walk however uses the lesser frequented but more spectacular Warloch Glen for the approach and the Lossburn Reservoir and Menstrie Glen for the return. Leave the crowds behind (though you will meet up with them on the summit) and explore the finer aspects of the hill.
Distance: 5.8 miles / 9. 3 km
Ascent: 1830 feet / 555 m
Start / finish: Menstrie
Facilities: On street parking in Menstrie, bus route, refreshments in Menstrie or Blairmains Farm Shop.
The walk starts from close to Menstrie Scout Hall, Ochil Road, FK11 7BS. Cross the bridge over the burn and walk to the end of the road. From this point follow the signpost for the Upland Blairlogie path which goes up some shallow concrete steps. After passing through a gate, an eroded path goes steeply uphill to join a landrover track close to a small reservoir. This first section is a bit of a calf killer but it is short.
Once on the landrover track go left (which is actually downhill) past the reservoir. A newish path on your right is marked with a marker post and cuts off the corner of the landrover track to bring you round to the south side of the hill. Once back on the track go right to continue around the hill. When the track starts to bend left to go down to the main road take the narrow path on your right (which is effectively going straight on) and cross the burn that flows out of the Warloch Glen.
When you are below the deep gash of the Warloch Glen look for a not too obvious grassy path on your right going up hill. This path makes its way up the steep hillside to the large boulder that guards the entrance of the glen. The path can be a bit hard to follow at times especially later in the year when the bracken is overgrown. Initially make your way towards the single tree up the hillside to your left. From there go uphill and then right towards the boulder. The more obvious path going right from the tree and under the gorse bush soon peters out leaving you with a rough climb up to the boulder.
Once at the boulder the gradient eases off and the route is on an obvious path up the steep sided glen. Keep going to the top of the glen. A path will join from your left (the Crags Route) and a path goes right which is a more direct route to the summit. When you reach the top of the glen and emerge from the cleft follow the path round to your left and on to the summit of Castle Law with its two cairns. Keep left when you reach a path junction. Castle Law was the site of the Dumyat hill fort.
After admiring the views from this summit return on the same path but stick with the main path rather than going right back to the Warloch Glen. The main path will join up with the “motorway” path that leads to the summit of Dumyat. Turn right on to the motorway and follow the crowds for the final approach to the summit with a fire basket (a beacon for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee), memorial to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and a white painted trig point.
The descent route goes north west along a small shoulder where you will soon pick up a grassy path. Follow this path down hill as it leads you to the gully that is the northern continuation of the Warloch Glen. Do not descend into the gully but stay on the right hand side of it. As you descend the hill you will see the Lossburn Reservoir ahead of you which is where we are heading for. After some rocks the path becomes a bit harder to follow. If you lose it just make your way down the tussocky hillside towards the reservoir. Before you reach the landrover track that goes round the north side of the hill you will need to cross a drainage ditch. Soon after the ditch you will join the track.
The easy and quick way back to Menstrie is to go right on to this track and follow it back to the small reservoir you passed close to the start of the walk, from where you can follow your outward route.
However, for a more interesting and scenic walk go left on the track and walk towards a gate. Just before you reach the gate look for a suitable place to climb the wire fence to your right. On the other side of the fence a grassy path takes you alongside the burn and round the reservoir. The path is a bit eroded at one point but is easy enough to work your way around. Follow the path across the dam itself and then make your way down the grassy slope of the dam to the metal bridge across the outflow. Once across the outflow continue downhill to a gate.
You can either go through the gate and then ford the burn or use the wooden plank bridge to cross the burn and then climb over the stile. Follow the landrover track east towards the remains of a settlement. At the back of the settlement a grassy track takes you through a gate and across a bridge over the burn. After this two gates now bar your way. You will need to climb the old lower one as it is locked but the high deer fence gate can be opened.
This next section of the walk used to be across a grassy grazing field, however, recent forestry planting has now changed this. There should be a grass path through the new trees if you can find it (try slightly uphill to your left). If not, make your way the best you can over the rough ground with drainage ditches. If the bracken is not too high you may find it easier along the outside edge of the field. You need to make your way to the southern corner of the field close to the burn and another gate through the deer fence.
Once through the gate you will be able to pick up the Menstrie Glen path in woodland alongside the burn. Enjoy this lovely section of the walk which takes you round the east side of the hill and eventually joins another (different) landrover track. Go right (straight on) on this track and follow it as it zig zags down the hill. A couple of the corners can be short cut if you want. The track emerges from the hill at the opposite end of the street where you started your walk from.
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