The Ochills lie to the east of Stirling and are noted for the wonderful crags on the southern face of the hills. This walk tackles one of the most shapely summits, which due to its accessibility is often quite busy with walkers. This route starts from the small car park (grid ref. NS831968) on the north side of A91 just east of Blairlogie and follows a circular route over the hill.
After parking exit the car park through the gap in the hedge and turn left onto the path. When the path splits bear right and start to climb up through trees following a small stream initially on your left but as you gain height on your left. Ahead you can now see the open hillside with a clear path slanting across the grass. Take this path climbing quickly to reach a junction of paths (grid ref. NS822974). Turn sharp right and continue to climb to another path junction (grid ref. NS824976). Bear right on to the main path to the summit.
The path is quite eroded in places and the temptation is to storm ahead and ignore the view. However there is much to be seen including Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to the south west with the Campsie Fells in the distance. Looking northwest you have wide arc of higher hills in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs area. Turning southeast you can see across the River Forth to Edinburgh and the Pentland Hills. Not a bad view for a small hill!
The summit of Dumyat Hill (418m) is soon reached and you can enjoy a 360 degree panorama, which now includes views across more of the Ochills. The summit area is littered with construction including a concrete trig point, a stone filled beacon and a regimental badge.
After enjoying the view descend east from the summit initially over steep grassy slopes. The start of this path is not too obvious and you need to go about 10 metres from the trig point to locate it. Once found the path zigzags down the steep slope gradually levelling off and leading down to reach a stony track (grid ref. NS845976).
Turn right on this track. This descends turning west to pass some cottages. On your right are the impressive crags that form the south face of Dumyat. Stay on the track to reach a cattle grid. Do not cross the grid, instead take the path on the left. Cross a small footbridge and continue back to the car park, which is reached after about 500 metres.
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