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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

Balmaha

Where we are

Balmaha Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.
  • Toilets are closed while we work to make them safe for you to use. A phased reopening of our public toilet facilities began on Monday, 20 July 2020. For now, please “go before you go” and check helpful apps or websites to find toilets that are open nearby.
  • The visitor centre is closed.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

The gateway to East Loch Lomond

Pause here and enjoy the tranquil wooded shores and panoramic Loch Lomond views before climbing up through the Balmaha Pass towards Sallochy, Rowardennan and the foothills of the iconic Ben Lomond. The oakwoods here are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to a wide variety of animals and plants.

Guide map to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (PDF 4.7MB).

Walking trails

Walking

Millennium Forest Trail

Follow the oak-lined shore of Loch Lomond and climb up on to Craigie Fort, a magnificent viewpoint overlooking the loch, its islands and Ben Lomond.

Varied surface, including short rough rocky section. Some steep on loose gravel surface. Includes long flights of uneven rocky steps and two road crossings.

Moderate
1 ¼ miles / 2.1 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

There’s lots of information about the trees, plants, animals and insects you might see along the way in the Balmaha Millennium Trail leaflet.

Activities

Conic Hill

It's a short but tough walk to the top of the distinctive Conic Hill. The famous views from the top are more than worth the effort, though. The hill is positioned on the Highland Boundary Fault along with many of the islands lined up across the southern end of Loch Lomond. Find out more information about the route at WalkHighlands.

The West Highland Way

The West Highland Way, Scotland’s best known long distance trail, stretches 96 miles from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William. Walk a stretch of it at Balmaha and get a taste for the adventure.

Camping at East Loch Lomond

Sallochy Campsite is open between March and October. It's popular with walkers on the West Highland Way, which passes the entrance, but its idyllic spot on the shores of Loch Lomond make it ideal for longer stays.

Facilities & access

Toilets
Toilets
Parking
Parking
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Campsite
Campsite
Picnic area
Picnic area

There are public toilets, visitor information, a play area and picnic tables at the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Visitor Centre next to the car park.

There are also cafés and other visitor facilities in Balmaha village and nearby Drymen.

Getting here

Park at the National Park Centre car park in the centre of Balmaha village.

Using SatNav?

G63 OJQ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Local bus services run to Balmaha from Balloch (the nearest train station) via Drymen. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

Get directions

Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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