Dumyat via Castle Law

A straightforward route up Dumyat with a quick descent. For a longer walk the Menstrie Glen descent route described on the Dumyat via Warloch Glen walk could be used for the return. The route described is mostly on paths although these can be feint at times.

Distance: 5.5 km / 3.5 miles

Ascent: 430 m / 1410 feet

Start / finish: Blairlogie

Facilities: free parking at Blairlogie Meadow car park, buses along the A91, refreshments at Blair Mains Farm Shop.

Other walks in the area: Dumyat via Warloch Glen

Start from the Blairlogie Meadow car park on the A91 to the east of Blairlogie (grid ref NS 831 966). A gate at the back of the car park takes you on to a well made path with a sign post. Go left towards Blairlogie for about 200m to reach the edge of the village. Turn right on to an unsurfaced path that goes up hill through the trees to reach a burn. After crossing the burn the path climbs up the hillside on the west bank through a strip of woodland. As height is gained the trees thin out and a waterfall is passed at the confluence of two burns. Beyond this point you are in the upper reaches of the glen and the path soon bears right to cross the start of the burn. Keep to the path, don’t go straight on towards the gate in the fence, climbing steeply up the hillside on the opposite side of the glen.

After the crest of a hummock the path starts to descend to the larger burn (the one with the waterfall). This section of path is a bit eroded and care is required especially when crossing a couple of rocky steps. Once the burn is crossed the path turns right again to gain height and traverse around the front of the hillside on lumpy ground. Stick with the path until a broad grassy gully is reached at grid ref NS 829 973. Turn left (north) into the gully leaving the obvious path (which would take you to the Crags Route around the front of the hill) for a feinter grass path on the right hand side of the gully.

Head up the gully for 100m until you reach an obvious steep sided defile in the rocks to your right. Turn into this defile (the path is a bit less obvious now) and follow it for about 120m to emerge onto the open hillside. From here it is 200m in a roughly ESE direction on gently rising ground to the twin cairned summit of Castle Law hill fort site. A grassy path can be followed for most of the way.

After admiring the views from this summit head for the main and busier Dumyat summit via a rather boggy path in a firstly north west, and then northerly direction to join the wide “motorway” path from Sherrifmuir. 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 is quick and easy on grassy slopes (though a wee bit steep near the summit) and will take you directly to Menstrie. Leave the summit in an east north east direction on steepish ground until you see a broad grassy path heading directly down the eastern flank of the hill. There are no difficulties on this path just follow it down hill keeping to the right at a Y junction to reach an underground reservoir and landrover track.

Once on the landrover track go right past a reservoir (the path downhill alongside the reservoir goes to Menstrie) to the front of the hill. A newish path on your right is marked with a marker post and cuts off the corner of the landrover track and farm to bring you round to the south side of the hill. Once back on the track keep right to continue around the front of 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, a deep sided gash that splits Castle Law from Dumyat and makes an excellent route up the hill. The path now runs parallel to the main road to bring you back to the car park from where you started.

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