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Name:Earl's Seat
Hill number:1656
Height:578m / 1896ft
RHB Section:26A: Central Scotland from Dumbarton to Montrose
County/UA:East Dunbartonshire (UA), Stirling (UA)
Catchment:Clyde, Catchment Boundaries, Leven (Dumbarton)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Current County/UA Top,
Grid ref:NS 56989 83794
Summit feature:trig point
Col:67m  NS523895  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 57 64
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Survey:obvious summit
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 242 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Just a week after my last visit. Watched a fine sunset from the trig and was lucky enough to witness a very brief green flashColin Crawford24/06/2020
Earl's Seat, Stronend and Meikle Bin from Lennoxtownajwxyzt26/04/2020
Followed the walk highlands route from Glenoyne distillery taking four hours for the seven miles which also included a detour to Clachertyfarlie Knowes a Donald Dewey.WAYNE ROWLETT22/12/2019
First walk after breaking my heel. With Tatiana & skyeGrimpeur123421/09/2019
After Drumbreck on way to Allanrowie E TopThearlaichdubh02/07/2019
From Ballagan Farm, NS579791. The parking spot, on the S side of the road, about 50m E of Blairtummock Cottage, was really nasty to get in and out of - there's hardly room to maneouvre within it and it's very hard to see if anything is coming on a fast road, until you're half-way across the road anyway - better if you've got someone to watch out and/or to stop the traffic for you. The ATV track was very good to about Owsen Hill, then it's rough grass and heather. Superb panoramic view, Northwards.Isbjorn27/06/2019
From parking E of Ballagan Farm. Dumbreck, Owsen Hill, Earlís Seat, Clachertyfarlie knowes and back across to ridge. With C.PeterD19/05/2019
Dumgoyne, Earl's Seat, Clachertyfarlie Knowes and Dumfoyne (respectively) from the Distillery layby.summitsup29/04/2019
2nd time. Via Dumbreck.russell6101/03/2019
Steep ascent of Dumgoyne then very windy at summit. Steep descent then gradual undulating climb to Earl's Seat. Sunny and clear with expansive views. More sheltered from wind after Dumgoyne. Snowy after about 400-450m. Misty and cloudy approaching summit. Whiteout. Wonderful.Langbank 26/11/2018
3of3: From Dumgoyne.ChrisR17/10/2018
Parked in concealed pull-in E. of Ballagan Farm at NS 58289 79086 and up Dumbreck & Owsen Hill. From Owsen Hill, intermittent ATV track/path along right side of fence to trig point. Continued to Clachertyfarlie Knowes. (S)gerrybowes28/08/2018
Up from Dumgoyne with Gavin.Dangerous Dave25/02/2018
Slackdhu-Earl's Seat-Dumgoyne-Dumgoyachiangpark04/02/2018
From lay-by on A891 E of Ballagan Farm. Dumbreck, Olsen Hill, Earlís Seat, Clachertyfarlie Knowes and back to car via Owseen Hill. 4/8 cloud; light Níly breeze, vg vis, frozen ground. With PM.CJM11/12/2017
From car park 300m east of Ballagan farm. Over Dumbreck and Owsen Hill with CM. Great views, very cold and icy. Headed to the west and the DD of Clachertyfarlie Knowes.bolton11/12/2017
Earl's Seat, Clachertyfarlie Knowes, Dunfoyn and Dumgoyne on a cold, crisp, freezing day. Brilliant views north and south.Chris Mac01/12/2017
With Chris Peart. Bitterly cold windColin Crawford18/11/2017
From the distillery and skirting Dumgoyne - boggy in places.Chris Peart18/11/2017
Climbed as part of a 12 day visit to some of the highpoints of Scotlandmagirob14/06/2017
2/3 (Drumgoyne/Earl's Seat/Corse Hill)Fergalh29/05/2017
From the layby next to Dumgoyne Distillery. Pleasantly over Dumgoyne and Dumfoyn Alan Moore02/05/2017
From Distillery over Dumgoyne, leaving masses behind over the moorland path, sunny dayN.Morters25/03/2017
From Dumgoyne Distillery via DumgoynePaulineD13/03/2017
Cloud down to 400m.clashcityrocker19/02/2017
Via Dumgoyne.AndrewFinnimore23/10/2016
After heavy rain, so very boggy in places. Easy going after Dumgoyne.Stevend124/01/2016
Walked from Ballikinrain to Killearn Via Jockís Cairn, Earlís Seat (578m), Slakdhu (496m) and Dumgoyne (427m)honey badger17/01/2016
Pleasant evening ascent from the south. Back at the road in darkness.KevPalmer12/06/2015
Another sunny day on the Mark and Brian tour de Glasgee trip. Met up with Rick and Jen and four of their RHB friends and wandered up this top to cellebrate R&J's 1000th Marilyn which gets them into some sort of hall of fame. Fun day out, wound up a couple of the jocks with my St Georges flag on the top. Headed off to the Southern Uplands for another wild camp in Brians van.Mark T22/04/2015
A great day for our 1000th!jenx22/04/2015
With Jenx for 1000th Marilyn. Usual route up from distillery taking track to LHS and field to open fell. Skirted North side of Dumgoyne to gain summit ridge. Back over the Donsld Dewey top and Dumgoyne. Great weather.nordicstar22/04/2015
With Peter during Glasgow tripnix_snilloc04/04/2015
up from the distillery nice sunny frosty morning.robertphillips25/03/2015
Completed from Distillery with Dumgoyne in snow. Steep ascent onto Dumgoyne and onto ridge but easy going once up. Good views to Trossachs.quadbarrel21/02/2015
park a bit further from the farm on the south side of the hill, there is a lay bay for 2 cars. easy track up the hill, and there is a rough track along the border fence all the way to the top. Hill was covered in snow and ice so apart from the big holes here and there, we managed to get to the top and back. Done with Jon, Rachael, Gill and Lawrence.tallblond25/01/2015
hill run over Dumgoyne and up to Earls Seat. Misty and cold.GravelMonkey09/03/2014
from Killearn with Scot-trek. easy route with fine views. Keep to the ridge to avoid bogs. Also 11/11/2016 from distillery via Dumgoyne and Dumfoyn and ClachertyfairlieThearlaichdubh17/11/2013
Strathblane, Wangie, Slackdhu, Graham's Cairn, Clachertyfarlie Knowes, Bell Crag, Ballagan tops, Earl's Seat, Little Earl, Oswen Hill, Dumbreck, Strathblane. Dry but cloudy, Frozen on tops - made boggy ground easier.PaulH23/02/2013
From south, starting from Ballagan Farm. Limited parking about 200m forther east. Ridge wet in places.Topographer5723/09/2012
From Dumgoyne over Clachertyfairlie knowes, and then down over Little Earl Owsen Hill and Dumbreck and down to Ballagan Farmmunromurph01/03/2012
Lift to Dumgoyne distillery. Clumbed Dumgoyne and then continued over to Earl's Seat and followed the ridge down past farm and road to Blanefield. On another occasion climbed with friend Alan. Also climbed with OLOL club and Universal Hiking club.munromurph01/02/2012
Long old walk up from Mugdock. Views were extensive, ranging as far as Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde.Alex C18/09/2011
On a day trip with AT. From nr. Dumgoyne Distillery, over Dumgoyne and Garloch Hill, with return by same route. Lay-by by Distillery now gone. Some parking on A875 to north, after junction with A81.Man of Kernow117/09/2011
CLimbed with kev as my 100th HuMP from Strathblane. Climnbed Dumfoyn then Garloch Hill then Came Back Via Earl S ridge to the Plateau, squeezed in between Slackdhu and Dumfoyn to return to Accent path.Rekrab09/01/2011
very wettcrannoch20/11/2010
Parked at distillery (parking on A81 for 15+ cars very busy some days) then took in the steep Dumgoyne before taking high road to Earl's Seat. Came back via lower boundery fence route to keep out of the brisk wind on an otherwise sunny morning.Dugswell229/08/2010
Solo Uisdean2528/08/2010
Parked at church in Blanefield. Walked up road to gate onto Fells. Went via Dumfoyne and Dumgoyne then along the western escarpment to Earl's seat. Came down by Little Earl and Dumbreck Hill to drop down past the farm and pick up the cycleway to Strathbladerekblackburn15/05/2010