Loch Lomond Walks, Trails & Balloch Hiking Routes
Take one step out the door of your luxury lodge at the Cameron Lodges resort and you’ll find yourself with the perfect walk no matter what direction you go in.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in Scotland boats steep rugged mountain peaks, rolling hills, evergreen forests and sparkling waters. 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 the best walks near Loch Lomond, varying from gentle easy walks to strenuous adrenaline pumping hikes.
Balloch Walking Routes
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 by the loch for half an hour 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 of the best 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.
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 here.
The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park website has more information on the best walks in and around Loch Lomond.
Why not turn your day trip into a walking holiday?
Our selection of luxury lodges, apartments and cottages near Balloch make the perfect basecamp for a Loch Lomond walking adventure. With two restaurants, an award-winning spa and two golf courses, your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you want it to be. All Cameron Lodges guests can enjoy 20% dining and spa treatments, and 50% off golf green fees.
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