Local Loch Lomond Walks, Trails & Hikes From Balloch
Take one step out the door of your luxury lodge at the Cameron Lodges resort and you’ll find yourself with the perfect Loch Lomond walking trail no matter which direction you choose.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in Scotland boasts the most spectacular landscapes including rugged mountain peaks, rolling hills, forests, glistening lochs waters and fascinating local walking routes. Surprisingly, the tranquillity of Loch Lomond is only a 30 minute drive from one of Scotland’s most popular cities, Glasgow. Below we’ve listed some of the best walks near Loch Lomond, varying from gentle easy walks to strenuous adrenaline pumping hikes.
The Best Walks Near Loch Lomond, Balloch
If you like going for a gentle stroll or easy walk in Loch Lomond, just head down to the loch’s edge from your lodge and take in the sights of Cameron Bay and Duck Bay Marina.
However, if you would like something slightly more adventurous then you’re in luck as the Loch Lomond area is famous for having some of the best walking trails and routes in the UK. Whether you take a stroll through the forest following one of the local walking paths or embark on a hike amongst the Bens, you’re sure to find an unspoilt view.
You don’t even have to be an overly experienced hillwalker to take in some of the very best views. We’ve listed some our favourite local walks and hikes near Loch Lomond below:
One of the easier munros, Ben Lomond, is located in Loch Lomond with the Trossachs National Park on the eastern shore of the loch. It’s almost 1,000 metres in height however, it’s fairly easy to navigate and not too difficult for a novice walker. The fantastic views of the Loch and the park from the top definitely make this hike worthwhile. To begin your route, head for the Rowardennan car park. If you’re looking to escape for some peace and quiet though, it might not be quite what you’re after as it’s one of Scotland’s most popular hills.
Another popular walk that provides great views over Loch Lomond is Conic Hill, which is located above Balmaha. Conic Hill is the perfect hiking option for those short on time wishing to enjoy a breath of fresh air or those with children, as the gradual incline makes for a more leisurely walk, affording the most beautiful views across Loch Lomond throughout the ascent and descent. Hikers can reach it from the Balmaha Car Park and from there, the directions are well signposted – just go through the Balmaha plantation where you’ll find the wooden steps to take you to the hill. This climb is much shorter than Ben Lomond with just 361 metres to the summit and visitors can find some exquisite views about halfway up after about 20 – 30 minutes of walking. This walk is also part of the world famous trail, The West Highland Way, so you’ll see others continuing their walk along to Milton of Buchanan. The more popular suggestion is to descend the same way you went up.
Millennium Forest Trail at Balmaha
With an easy route of around 2km, also following part of the West Highland Way, is the Millennium Forest Trail, which will give you front row seats to the wonders of Loch Lomond. Also leaving from the Balmaha Car Park, first you will meander alongside the banks of the loch and finally make your way up on to Craigie Fort, which provides spectacular views of the Loch, Ben Lomond and various other islands. You can then turn back or keep going along the West Highland Way to the Loch Lomond Shores where a left turn will eventually take you back to the car park.
The Luss Heritage Trail
Enjoy an easy walk as you explore the charming village of Luss that lies on the western shore. With its pretty streets, sandstone cottages, long beach and ancient graveyard. This walking trail is perfect for families and couples looking to enjoy a leisurely walk and appreciate the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
The Luss Heritage trail takes approximately 1 hour, combining all of Luss’ walking trails together, affording walkers mesmerising views of the local scenery. Start your journey from Luss’ main car park, wander through the village past the primary school and then follow the pathway up the slope and across the footbridge.
Follow the signs for the Quarry Walk and head into the woodlands where you’ll follow the main path until it descends to a wooden bridge. Cross the bridge, turn left and walk downstream passing the weir and follow the path under the A82 and then alongside grazing farmland. Keep heading towards the village road, then turn left and follow the pavement before turning right down to the path signed River Path.
Follow the path downstream until you reach the first set of Luss cottages and then keep straight until you pass the church and its graveyard. Turn right through the church gates to reach the shores of Loch Lomond where you will follow the lochside to the left where you will soon reach Luss pier. From the pier, head straight back to the main street through the quaint cottages and back to the car park.
For more avid and keen walkers, we’ve listed a couple more strenuous Loch Lomond walking trails below.
Really into hiking around the Loch Lomond area?
Three Loch Ways
Try the famous Three Loch Ways, where you can take a 52km hike from Balloch Road, just south of Cameron House and make your way through Helensburgh, Garelochhead, Arrochar and Inveruglas.
The walk is normally taken in four stages and each has a train station at the start and end of each. You’ll come across the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Hill House, the Faslane Naval base and some of the most spectacular views Scotland has to offer. This one is definitely for the most experienced hikers.
These are just a very small sample of what the Scottish Highlands has to offer. There is a huge selection of different walking routes catering to all walking abilities. From easy strolls with all the family to the more strenuous difficult walking routes for advanced walkers, there is truly something for everyone in the Loch Lomond area.
Sron a’ Chlachain – Killin
Are you looking for a short yet challenging walk near Loch Lomond within the Trossachs National Park? Sron a’ Chlachain is a strenuous hike which is situated on the west side of Killin. This route is approximately 3km long, with an ascent of 400m. Begin your journey by entering Breadalbane Park, then follow the footpath through the park, meandering to the right as the path forks in two. Walking enthusiasts and hikers are rewarded with the most beautiful views towards Killin and over Loch Tay following the short and sharp trail through oak woodland. Download this walking route.
Auchmore Circuit – Killin
Enjoy the beautiful landscapes around Killin as you embark on a breezy 4km walk within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Located on the south side of the River Dochart and east of the village Killin, the Auchmore Circuit is an easy local walking route which boasts breath-taking views from start to finish. This route will take you approximately 1 – 2 hours.
Begin your walking trail by entering the Auchmore Estate, wander along estate road until you meet the Auchmore Burn. Cross over the burn at the bridge and instantly take the right fork that leads slightly uphill. Follow this woodland track until you meet South Loch Tay road, then make a sharp right and return to Killin by this minor road.
Walks and hikers will enjoy superb views across Loch Tay towards the Tarmachan Ridge, Beinn Ghlas and Ben Lawers during their travels.
The Great Trossachs Path
For more adventurous walkers, the 48km Great Trossachs Path is the perfect walking trail. The 30 mile route runs between Callander in the east and Inversnaid in the west, affording stunning views across the loch, hills and woodlands. Whether you decide to start in Callander or Inversnaid, this walking trail has several sections and terrains.
Starting from Inversnaid’s car park, follow the signs and pass through the beautiful Arklet falls along a narrow path for approximately 2km until you reach the Inversnaid RSPB Visitor Gateway. From there, you will head to Stronachlachar along a well made path with a couple of steep inclines for 6km. This section will take you along rugged open hillsides with gorgeous vistas across the landscapes. From Stronachlachar you will head toward the Trossachs pier along a single tarmac track by the loch for around 20km.
Once you’ve reached the Trossachs pier you’ll walk towards the Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway near Brig o’ Turk. This section is approximately 9.7km along forest tracks and slim boardwalks. The dense woodland and picturesque village of Brig o’ Turk offer walkers a range of views and the peaceful sound of nature.
Another 8.6km stretch awaits after you reach Glen Finglas as you walk towards Kilmahog. This off road path passes through ancient woodland, hills and newly emerging trees. The last 2km from Kilmahog to Callander follows the railway line towards Callander, passing through farmlands and the towns outskirts. This walking trail is ideal for those looking to experience all of Loch Lomond in one walk.
The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park website has more information on the best walks in and around Loch Lomond.
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