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Name:Duncolm
Hill number:1668
Height:401m / 1316ft
RHB Section:26A: Central Scotland from Dumbarton to Montrose
County/UA:West Dunbartonshire (UA)
Catchment:Clyde
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Current County/UA Top, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4,CoU,Y)
Grid ref:NS 47085 77486
Summit feature:no feature 3m SW of trig point
Drop:308m
Col:93m  NS572792  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 64
(1:25k) OL38 347
Survey:Abney level
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  • West Dunbartonshire current county/UA top

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From the east. Parked at Edenmill Centre (Auchineden Farm on 1:50k map). John Muir trail to west arm of Burncrooks reservoir. Pass through gate in new fence, and 50m later bear left on a grassy path (wet in places). This path passes just north of Duncolm: just beyond the hill, a path goes sharp left up to the trig. An easy route, about 4.5km each way. My last Scottish UA/County top.PGCE30/07/2019
Notionally from the 'gasworks', which are quite difficult to get a car to, from a complicated and compact high speed junction - I ended up on a 6 mile detour twice over the Erskine Bridge just to get the 200m N across the Great Western Road. The 'Kilpatrick Braes' CP (='gasworks'), NS4703773211, was closed - re-directed to 'Lunnet' CP, NS4694772851. New signs get you to the start, then nothing - ignore the deterring 'Private Road, Gavinburn' signs - this is the road you need for Loch Humphrey. The ATV track from there meanders about - any paths promising to head more directly towards Duncolm fizzle out in awful terrain - stick with the meandering - it gets you there eventually.Isbjorn27/06/2019
From the gas works. Path to summit pleasantly dry.Susan Bidwell14/06/2019
On round od The Slacks, Fynloch Hill, Middle Duncolm before heading back via Craighurst and Concho Hill with C. ManGing to avoid the rain over Glasgow.PeterD27/05/2019
From Old Kilpatrick up the Slacks and Cochno Hill, along to Auchineden Hill and the Whangie, then back and over Duncolm to the start. A 29km epic in great company.Chris Mac11/05/2019
Quick walk/run up from Kilpatrick railway station on a lovely Easter Day. Hazy but delightful.Thearlaichdubh21/04/2019
From road to Loch Humphrey, path continues over Middle Duncolm before reaching the high pointButeobuteo10/04/2019
Climbed with Lorna on snowy day with The Slacks and Cochno.Skerryvore17/03/2019
3of3: from Old Kilpatrick Temp CP.ChrisR27/02/2019
From Queen's View car park via The Whangie.Grinner19/01/2019
MMC Hilton to Milton walk. Lovely cold clear day. wonderful time at Westwindalexmaclennan05/01/2019
First time up the Kilpatrick hills. Wonderful views. Clear and sunny but quite icy. 2hours45minutes from carpark to summit passing over Middle Duncolm on the way then back via the Slacks. 5hours 20minutes all in. Wonderful.Langbank 10/12/2018
Constitutional around the Duncolm Tumpos from EdinbarnetColin Crawford09/12/2018
From the temporary large car park next to the gas works. Good tracks from Loch Humphrey as forestry workers are planting and fencing. Just over 3 hours and nearly 8 miles solo and managed to dodge the showers.bolton13/09/2018
With Bob in clearing murk. Great views. Steep ascent from the north.Play2End04/08/2018
Walked from Old Kilpatrick clockwise around Loch Humphrey, included Darney Caip, Fynloch Hill, Duncolm, Middle Duncolm, Little Duncolm, Berry Bank & The Slacks.Chris Mac19/03/2018
fynloch hill, duncolm, middle duncolm from parking opp gas compound, tracks most of the way, nice sunny winters snowy day.robertphillips06/02/2018
Stroll round the Duncolm Tumps from Edinbarnet. My tenth visit to Duncolm itselfColin Crawford18/12/2017
Parking at Gas Works at Kilpatrick. Good road then track to Reservoir then over a muddy path to summit over middle Duncolm. Great views of the ClydeN.Morters18/11/2017
Kilpatrick Braes roundquadbarrel19/02/2017
From Edinbarnet via Cochno Hill, with Chris PeartColin Crawford02/11/2016
M O. From Queen's View via The Whangie. A good route with easy access down to the reservoir. The land between the reservoir and the base of Duncolm best done in dry weather as this is particularly spongy and mossy.Martin6620/05/2016
With Jenx from the gas works. Final M of section26. Sign near gas works says no unauthorised vehicles but on walking up lane couldn't see reason why parking off road by the cottages shouldnt be a problem. Followed track all way to loch Humphrey very easily, then good path towards Duncolm summit. Possible to bypass the other Tumps en route. 13km round trip done in just over 2 Hours.nordicstar20/12/2015
Clear path through the lumpy landscape leads from Loch Humphrey to the top. Signs saying road closed at quarry are due to landslide and it's easy to walk round this. Section 26 Marilyn's complete!jenx20/12/2015
From Garvel Bridge. Forest road to about 400m from top, then up S sidePeteN19/11/2015
12.55 finally the Marilyn summit, fourth in a clockwise round of Kilpatrick hills in fine but very windy day.vegibagger26/05/2015
Road/track to Loch Humphrey then reasonable path to summitAndrewFinnimore07/10/2014
from parking at gas compound, up good track to summit with renee, jamie, and martin.robertphillips23/07/2014
martin renee rab jamie. good dayJamiePhillips2723/07/2014
Final of 4 hills in this group (inc The Slack) and the highest. Headed over to Little Duncolm after just in case, but doesn't appear to have the drop for a classification. Good path back to Loch Humphrey then picked up ridge path to The Slack for return to Greenside Reservoir dam.jonglew13/06/2014
Parked at junction below Erskine Bridge. Up and down before 9am.Kevin2903529/03/2013
thick snow.Pleased it was easy to get to from train station.AlisonFox66 23/03/2013
For a low summit so close to population centres, Duncolm is surprisingly long walk in. Cold, unbroken sunshine with little wind. Left car opposite gas works at 471732 and walked up broad heavy duty track to Loch Humphrey. From there an adequately defined path, boggy or icy in places, reaches the summit.Topographer5710/12/2012
Ascended in walk from Queen's View. Conditions under foot better than I expected.JohnW30/04/2012
Solo round with dogs of Doughnot Hill, Duncolm, Knockupple and Lang Cragsalexmaclennan10/04/2011
The Slacks, Little Duncolm, Middle Duncolmtcrannoch13/03/2011
ran from dumbartontom smith09/10/2010
Solo Uisdean2504/06/2010
With Linda.grimjimm16/05/2009
With Jim from Cochno.linda16/05/2009
Favourite public transport hill - do from Kilpatrick railway stn. great in winterThearlaichdubh15/02/2009
Walked up from train station along a well constructed path. Great views along the Clyde.Jimbob24/01/2009
well trodden path weather was a bit pants tho decent view of loch lomond would be a picture on a good daybuster2810/04/2008
22/04/2017 - 2nd time.russell6119/01/2008
Ascent from Dunochter via Greenside reservoir.PeteF05/06/2007
High cloud, cool wind, snow on Munros, good viewsiangalbraith02/01/2007
Parked at waterworks road. Threw dog over two gates to get across dam on a grassy trod and over rough moor crossing swollen side stream. Mainly swamp for 1 1/2 miles to foot of hill. On a rising zig to W end of hill and to top at 11.00.arranc17/05/2003
Date is first visit. Notes from later...good hill, wild feel altho close to Glasgow, good grass amidst tussocks. (1) Old Kilpatrick: tk from 468735, returning over The Slacks; (2) W-E traverse of Kilpatricks RHW17/11/2001
Round of Fynloch Hill, Middle Duncolm, Duncolm and The Slacks from Kilpatrick Braes lane.Eddie17/11/2001
Dropped at end of B834, one way to Cochno car park via Knockupple & Duncolm etc. Snowing.agentmancuso03/02/2001