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Balmaha

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our Covid-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.

About

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 (1)

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 trail grade icon
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 and access

Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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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.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

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

Nearby forests

Forested island in Loch Lomond

Take a 7 mile drive along the famous 'bonny banks'

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Campsite
Campsite
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Balmaha': 0.12 miles
View over forest and water at Garadhban

Remote woodland in the hills above Drymen

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Balmaha': 2.24 miles
Conifer forest at Drymen

The quiter southern end of Loch Ard Forest

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'Balmaha': 3.62 miles

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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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