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More about Lang Craigs

This mix of ancient woodland and recent planting, sheltered glens, jagged outcrops and rugged moorland lies in a spectacular setting at the foot of the Kilpatrick Hills. The Woodland Trust’s largest site in the west of Scotland, it offers superb hiking, fascinating flora, an abundance of wildlife and wonderful views of the Clyde, Dumbarton Rock and Ben Lomond.

Named after the rocky outcrop which dominates the skyline above Dumbarton, Lang Craigs is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and one of the 14 Commonwealth Woods chosen as part of the Legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It's home to 600 acres of sheltered glen, rolling hills and rugged moorland.

The site was bought by The Woodland Trust Scotland in 2011. Planting is already underway and over the next few years more than 200,000 trees, including oak, birch and Scots pine, will be planted at the site, creating new native woodland for the benefit of wildlife and people.

We're working in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland to provide a joined approach to management of Lang Craigs and the surrounding Kilpatrick Hills. You can find out more about the area on the Kilpatrick Hills Facebook page.

Setting

The 250ha (620-acre) Lang Craigs site lies in the lower reaches of the Kilpatrick Hills, around 3.2km (two miles) east of Dumbarton town centre and 19km (12 miles) from Glasgow. It occupies the glens of the Overtoun Burn and Garshake Burn, including the high plateau between them, and adjoins Overtoun Estate (managed by West Dunbartonshire Council).

Download the Lang Craigs leaflet to help you explore. 

OS Explorer 354 and 365, Landranger 64, NS429773

Nearest amenities

Public conveniences
There are no on-site toilets although the café at Overtoun House has toilets for customers (see opening times below). The nearest toilets for the disabled are in Dumbarton.

Refreshments
Overtoun House tea room, serving refreshments and light lunches, is open on Friday and Saturday, 10am – 4pm, and on Thursday during July and August. Phone 01389 732610 for the latest information.

There is a range of restaurants and cafes in Dumbarton.

Accommodation and tourist information
You can find information at TripAdvisor and Visit Scotland websites.

Access and walks

Access to Lang Craigs is through Overtoun Estate (managed by West Dunbartonshire Council, WDC). The Woodland Trust and WDC work in partnership together to provide car parking and path routes throughout the two estates.

The main access point is from the Overtoun Estate car park, from where an estate track leads through a metal fence to reach Lang Craigs after 450m (1/4 mile).

On-site information boards at the car park feature four way-marked walks offering varying degrees of challenge, from the picturesque wooded glen to a high route with great views. The longest is a 3.5km (2.2-mile) circular route from the car park to the viewpoint of Round Wood Hill. A path also leads up through Overtoun Glen to the Black Linn Reservoir and the Kilpatrick Hills beyond, on a network of paths and tracks managed by the Forestry Commission Scotland.

The site contains some steep sections and can be muddy in places. However, a network of surfaced paths suitable for buggies criss-cross the lower part of Overtoun Estate and Lang Craigs, including the sheltered Overtoun Glen.

There is also access from Garshake Road in the far west of the site, where there is a path to the Starfish bunker and moorland beyond. There is no path linking this to the Overtoun path network on the east side of the site.

See Crags Circular Path.

Directions

By car
From Glasgow, head towards Dumbarton, continuing on the A82 past the Erskine Bridge (A898) junction. Stay on the A82 after the next roundabout and after 1km (0.6 miles), turn right at Milton up a minor road (Milton Brae) just past the Stonefield pub, and opposite the car show room. On Milton Brae, continue for two kilometres (1.2 miles) to reach the Overtoun Estate car park.

From Balloch, continue on the A82 until you pass the A814 junction, and 750 metres (0.5 miles) further on, turn left into the partly concealed Milton Brae immediately past the bend in the main road and opposite the car showroom. On Milton Brae, continue for two kilometres (1.2 miles) to reach the Overtoun Estate car park.

By train
The nearest train station is Dumbarton East.

By bus
The main entrance is around 1.75km (one mile) from the nearest bus stop. There are regular buses on the Glasgow-Balloch route. Coming from Glasgow, get off at the stop before White Avenue on Garshake Road. Coming from Balloch, get off opposite Overwood Drive on Stirling Road. Go through the stone gateposts next to the Council Office off the main road, cross Campbell Avenue, and head towards Overtoun House. There is a map board with walks next to the Overtoun House car park.

Entry into our woods is free but please donate now to help us care for them.