NS4477 : The summit of the Doughnot Hill

taken 15 years ago, 3 km from Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The summit of the Doughnot Hill
The summit of the Doughnot Hill
NS4477 : Doughnot Hill is shown as "Douennet Hil" on the Pont/Blaeu map (which was based on surveys in the 1580s-90s). The "Dough-" of the modern spelling probably indicates the sound of "ch" in "loch" (the entirely accidental similarity to the much later word "doughnut" is misleading).

Likewise, in his booklet "Off the Main Road" (1976), I.M.M.MacPhail says that "beyond the Black Linn is the oddly-named Doughnot, a name pronounced formerly as 'Deochnay'. It is 1228 feet high and worth the short ascent for the fine view it offers". The "Black Linn" mentioned there is a waterfall: NS4477 : The Black Linn (detail). It gave its name to a reservoir built nearby: NS4477 : The Black Linn Reservoir.

In the background of the present photograph, the areas of water are all part of Loch Lomond; the hills on the far side of the loch are more prominent in this view. The point from which this photograph was taken gives a fine view directly up the length of Glen Finlas (centred on NS3388), just left of centre. Above the right-hand edge of the top of the trig point is the entrance of Glen Luss, viewed obliquely.

For other views of this summit area, see NS4477 : Doughnot Hill, NS4477 : Doughnot Hill trig point S5142, and NS4477 : Trig point on Doughnot Hill. For views of the hill from a distance, see, among others, NS4477 : Doughnot Hill, NS4377 : Weather station, NS4477 : Doughnot Hill and Black Linn Reservoir, and NS4377 : View along top of escarpment.

Although its name is not now shown on maps, the little burn that arises on the eastern side of the hill, and which winds around the hill's northern side before meeting the Overtoun Burn, is called the Doughnot Burn (according to the OS Object Name Books).
Doughnot Hill

Like many other hills in the area, this originated as a volcanic vent. An igneous dyke runs SW—NE through the hill's north-western slopes. There is a trig point (S5142) on the summit. The name Doughnot Hill is given on OS maps from the first edition (1860) onwards. It also appears, with the same spelling, on the even earlier "Plan of Dumbarton Muir" (undated, but made in the early nineteenth century). It is likely that the name was originally pronounced [ˈdɔxnət] or similar. The Doughnot Burn winds anticlockwise around the northern side of the hill before flowing into the Overtoun Burn.

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Lairich Rig and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
NS4477, 75 images   (more nearby search)
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 30 May, 2005   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 5 April, 2011
Geographical Context
Place (from Tags)
Doughnot Hill 
Trig Point   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4472 7766 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.0056N 4:29.3644W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4472 7766
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map

Other Tags
Toponymy  Trig Point 

Click a tag, to view other nearby images.

Image classification(about): Geograph
This page has been viewed about 293 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · Geograph Coverage Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
W Go E
thumbs up icon
You are not logged in login | register