The plan is to walk from Drymen along the West Highland Way through Garadbhan Forest towards Conic Hill, descending to Milton of Buchanan and returning via Buchanan Castle grounds.
The ruined country house, Buchanan Castle, was built c1852. The house replaced Mugdock Castle as the official seat of Clan Graham. Sold in 1925 it was used as a hospital during the Second World War. The roof was removed in 1954 which accelerated its deterioration.
The walk will be in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park which covers some of Scotland’s most-loved locations including Ben Lomond. Conic Hill, with a summit at at 361m, sits above Balmaha. On a good day it provides an excellent viewpoint.