Hill walking around Loch Lomond
We all know that Scotland is famous for it's hill walking. From the Southern Uplands, through Central Scotland, the Highlands and all the way to the North of Scotland, there is a huge variety of landscapes to explore. Rugged, stunning mountain landscapes to gentle, lush, rolling hillsides.
Loch Lomond has the advantage of having a wonderful mix of walking terrains to suit the full range of walking grades. If it's a gentle stroll then you can easily walk along the loch side and enjoy the scenery whilst not having to exert yourself too much. For the slightly more adventurous there are some lovely hillside walks, in the open air, or within many of the wooded areas surrounding Loch Lomond. We've detailed below some of the varied and interesting walks that are all within easy reach of Loch Lomond Lodges, either by car, public transport or ferry!
Luss Village Paths
For some very relaxing walking, why not try the Luss Village Paths. Situated on the west of the loch, Luss is a beautiful conservation village. There are some easy walks along paved and firm paths around the village and lochside. These are short walks taking up to an hour. Find out more here.
Within Balloch Castle Country Park there are some accessible routes that have been created as part of the Parkmobility project. The "Scooter Station" in Balloch has a range of manual wheelchairs and rollators available. You can find out about these routes here.
Millenium Forest Trail
On the east side of Loch Lomond, at Balmaha, there is a more varied 3/4 hour walk within the Millenium Forest. The path takes you along the lochside on varied surfaces, then turns upwards, climbing up to Craigie Fort, with wonderful views over the loch from the top. At Balmaha you can also take advantage of the short ferry crossing to one of the islands on Loch Lomond, giving you time to explore on foot. Read about this route here.
As well as having walks that you can do in a day, there are also of course, the longer trails which many walkers choose to do over a number of days. You can easily join these trails and do a section (you don't have to do it all in the one go!)
John Muir Way
A 134 mile route from Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland, stretching all the way to Dunbar on the east cost. Section 1 of the route travels from Helensburgh to Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond. Get a bus or train to Helensburgh then enjoy the 9 mile walk to Balloch. This section uses pavements, gravel and grassy paths, and quiet roads. Visit the John Muir Trail website for full information.
The Great Trossachs Path
This route is a 30 mile walk between Callander in the east and Inversnaid on Loch Lomond. A varied walk with great scenery, loch shores, hill slops and mature woodlands. Visitors on the west of Loch Lomond can get a boat bus from Tarbet over to Inversnaid. Read more about the Great Trossachs Path here.
There are various other trails worth exploring, perhaps most well known being the West Highland Way. Click here to read more on our blog article about the West Highland Way.
Of course, no summary of walking around Loch Lomond would be complete without mentioning the stunning mountains that are easily accessed from any visit to Loch Lomond:
One of the most popular Munros in Scotland due to it's close proximity to Glasgow. There is a well-worn path to the top of Ben Lomond with a couple of route options. With a climb of 990m, it's important to remember to go fully prepared for all weather eventualities. If it's warm at the base of Ben Lomond, it certainly won't be on top! Click here to read about climbing Ben Lomond.
Also known as Ben Arthur, the Cobbler is 884m high and is definitely one of the most impressive summits in the Southern Highlands. It has large rocky summit features which are supposed to represent a cobbler bending over. The Cobbler is not a Munro but you'll still feel a great sense of achievement by climbing it. A good head for heights is required when you near the top. To get to the true summit, the best approach is to crawl through a hole known as the needle. This leads to a ledge of around 1m wide which has a sheer drop of 30m on one side. Definitely not for those who are a bit concerned about heights! View information on the Cobbler walks here.
You can use our Loch Lomond Lodges as a base for trying out many walks around Loch Lomond. For more information, don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
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