COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
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.
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.
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
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 Balmaha
Cashel 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
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.
Park at the National Park Centre car park in the centre of Balmaha village.
G63 OJQ is the nearest postcode.
Local bus services run to Balmaha from Balloch (the nearest train station) via Drymen. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
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