Drymen and Balmaha - South and East Loch Lomond

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 Length Time
Loch Lomond Shores walk, Balloch grade1km 30 minutes
Duncryne hill, by Gartocharn grade1.25km 40 minutes
Balmaha Millennium Forest path grade2km 45 mins
Luss Heritage Trail grade2.5km 1 hour
Inchcailloch island grade3km 1 - 1.5 hours
Ardess History Trail grade3km 1 hour
Ardmore Point, near Helensburgh grade3.25km 45 minutes
Balloch Castle Country Park grade3.5km 1 hour
Sallochy Forest Trail, Sallochy grade3.75km 1.5 hours
Sallochy to Rowardennan grade4.5km 1.5 hours (one way)
Helensburgh and Rhu explorer, Helensburgh grade8.25km 2 - 2.5 hours
Conic Hill, Balmaha gradegrade4km 2 - 3 hours
Aspen Path, Cashel Forest gradegrade4.2km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Tom na h-Airidh, Helensburgh gradegrade7.25km 2 - 3 hours
Beinn Dubh - Glen Striddle horseshoe, Luss gradegradegrade11.5km 3.5 - 5 hours
Ben Lomond gradegradegrade12km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
Doune Hill and Beinn Eich, from Luss gradegradegrade18.5km 6 - 6.5 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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