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Issue 59 - Wee Hill Big View

Scotland Magazine Issue 59
October 2011

 

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Wee Hill Big View

Duncryne Hill

It was the late, great hill walker, broadcaster and naturalist Tom Weir who said that the view from little Duncryne Hill across Loch Lomond to the lofty mountains of the Southern Highlands was possibly the finest in Scotland. And who would argue as Tom climbed to the top of Duncryne Hill’s 465 foot summit almost every day from his home in the village of Gartocharn and he was therefore well informed to consider the breathtaking panorama.

The view is quite extraordinary and rewards anyone who climbs to the top with a vantage point out of all proportion to the effort exerted. Leaving from Gartocharn a lovely woodland path leads to Duncryne Hill’s lower slopes and from here it is a short, but steep climb, following a path, to reach the rounded summit.

Once at the top you can fully understand why Tom Weir relished what lay before him. A patchwork of fields and trees draw the eye to the full width of lovely Loch Lomond punctuated with many wooded islands including Inchcailloch and Inchfad.

Beyond rise the attractive, rolling Luss Hills and the conspicuous, pointed summit of The Cobbler whilst the tiered profile of Ben Lomond, Scotland’s southernmost Munro, dominates this incredible scene.