Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Tweed Valley Osprey Project Co-ordinator, Di Bennett, brings us the latest update from the nest....
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.
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.
Allow ¾ hour
There’s lots of information about the trees, plants, animals and insects you might see along the way in the Balmaha Millennium Trail leaflet.
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, 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.
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.
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.
This car park is managed by Stirling Council. Please visit Stirling Council for charges, terms of parking and ways to pay. FLS parking passes or tickets are not valid in this car park. Please park with care and consideration.
Remote woodland in the hills above Drymen
Oakwood trails that pass a lochside pebbly beach