OVERTOUN ESTATE, above Dumbarton
ACCESS : By road - From Milton Brae. Turn off the A82 in Milton next to Logspan. Park at Overtoun House. Or park in Campbell Avenue at the upper end of Garshake - look for the gates. There is a pleasant long walk up to Overtoun House on a tar path/road. From each of these there are also rougher tracks that provide great walks, but which need care.
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The main attraction of the estate is naturally OVERTOUN HOUSE itself and this is described separately. But there are great walks within the extensive grounds and access from here to the Langcraigs.
Besides the main house and the Gate Lodge off Stirling Road, there are other interesting features. Foremost of these is the bridge, described separately and also the remains of a small hydro-electric plant. This plant looks today as little more than inconspicuous ruins and hard to find. But it is there. Canmore tells us : There was formerly a hydro-electric scheme based around the 'Lily Pond' which was formed by impounding the Overtoun Burn to the N of Overtoun Castle (NS47NW 30.00) and E of the Garshake Reservoir (NS47NW 38). The hydro-electric turbine was located in the small building situated in the deep glen formed by the Overtoun Burn and Gruggies Burn downstream from the house. This building has long since been vandalised and the turbine thrown further down into the glen. It was formerly white-tiled internally and 'packed with glass tubing' which may have formed part of a battery storage sustem or been connected with the use of the house as a maternity hospital.
The grounds that we can enjoy today are quite impressive. Large mature trees and a burn within a gorge. The original extent of the estate can be seen though by the OVERTOUN ESTATE LODGE way down on Stirling Street (A82). That was one of the original entrances. Today a great deal is taken up by the police station and housing, but there is still much to enjoy.
A view from Camel's Hump.
A view across lawn towards an outbuilding.
One of the smaller bridges lower down.
A view from the roof.
VISIT SCOTLAND website : https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/overtoun-estate-p248781
WOODLAND TRUST website : https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/overtoun-estate/