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Balmaha

Where we are

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 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

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.

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Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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