Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, Scotland
10 km, loop
text and pictures by: Eline V
Why you should do this route
This short hike rewards you with epic views over Loch Lomond and the soft surrounding hills, close encounters with sheep and an excellent pub at the end of the day: the Oak Tree Inn.
Conic Hill is a cute cone shaped hill (you don’t say…) near the village of Balmaha. This route is a relatively easy walk with some ascents and rocky pathways. Multiple distances are possible in the area, although there is no actual signage to guide you.
Finding your way to the top of the hill and back is not too complicated since you won’t lose it out of sight. We went back around the back of the hill for a longer walk instead of going back the same way, followed a pathway, maybe climbed a cattle fence once or twice and used our phones to navigate when we weren’t sure.
You’re never not far from civilization, but surrounded by forest and farmland during the length of the route. There’s a tourist information office and parking space at the starting point in Balmaha. It’s also right on the West Highland Way and equally easy to reach by car and by bus. July and August must be busy times there during high season. We walked in early June in excellent weather – hot, even. Dogs are allowed, as well as wild camping closeby. Be sure to go outside the protected areas though.
On the map
Do it yourself
Start of the trail