It may only be a short, albeit steep, walk onto her summit but the view from little Duncryne Hill is extraordinary. It was the late, great hill walker, broadcaster and naturalist Tom Weir who said that the view from Duncryne 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 regularly from his home in the village of Gartocharn and he was therefore well informed to consider the breathtaking panorama.
Duncryne translates from Gaelic simply as ’rounded hill fort’, and therefore its summit may have been used in the past as a lookout post or to house a small community.
Leaving from Gartocharn (which sits with the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park a few miles from Balloch) a lovely woodland path leads to Duncryne Hill’s lower slopes and from here a final pull gains the domed 465-foot summit. The reward for anyone who climbs to the top is a vantage point out of all proportion to the effort exerted.
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