Drymen and Balmaha - South and East Loch Lomond


The east side of Loch Lomond - spared the busy A82 trunk road - is a real delight. The Queen of Scottish Lochs looks its finest from this side, with its lovely bays and scattered islands. The area has lots to offer for nature-lovers too, with native oak forest sweeping right down to its shores from the hills above. The West Highland Way follows much of this part of the loch.

Drymen is the main village east of Loch Lomond, whilst the town of Balloch is at the southern end of the loch, almost on the fringes of Glasgow. Balmaha - right on the shores - is a very popular village too, its boatyard the starting point for trips out onto the water. Further north the narrow road ends at Rowardennan at the very foot of Ben Lomond, one of the most popular hills in Scotland.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Loch Lomond Shores walk, Balloch 1km 30 minutes
Duncryne hill, by Gartocharn 1.25km 40 minutes
Balmaha Millennium Forest path 2km 45 mins
Sallochy Forest Trails 2.5km 1 hour
Luss Heritage Trail 2.5km 1 hour
Ardess History Trail 3km 1 hour
Inchcailloch island 3km 1 - 1.5 hours
Ardmore Point, near Helensburgh 3.25km 45 minutes
Balloch Castle Country Park 3.5km 1 hour
Sallochy to Rowardennan 4.5km 1.5 hours (one way)
Helensburgh and Rhu explorer, Helensburgh 8.25km 2 - 2.5 hours
Conic Hill, Balmaha 4km 2 - 3 hours
Cashel Forest 4.5km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Tom na h-Airidh, Helensburgh 7.25km 1.5 hours
Beinn Dubh - Glen Striddle horseshoe, Luss 11.5km 3.5 - 5 hours
Ben Lomond 12km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
The Three Lochs Way 52km 4 stages
The Rob Roy Way 128km 7 stages
The John Muir Way 212km 10 stages
The West Highland Way 150km 8 stages
Scottish National Trail864km6 weeks

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