Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Walks
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|Balloch Castle Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||Enjoy spectacular views of Loch Lomond in this beautiful country park in West Scotland. There are 200 acres to explore with nature trails, guided walks, peaceful woodland, a delightful walled garden and Balloch Castle which now serves as the visitor centre. You can stroll along the shoreline of the loch and then visit the Chinese Garden, Quarry Pond and the Secret Garden before enjoying refreshments at the loch side kiosk.|
The Three Lochs Way runs past the park so this is a great option if you would like to continue your walk/cycle.
Balloch Castle Country Park is located about 20 miles north of Glasgow, right next to Balloch rail station.
|Balmaha Forest||1 miles (2 km)||This walk takes you along Loch Lomond, through woodland to Craigie Fort. The walk starts from the Balmaha car park/visitor centre. It's a short climb to the fort from which there are super views across the loch. |
If you would like to continue your walk in this area then you could climb Conic Hill for great views over the loch. You could also catch the ferry to Inchcailloch Island and enjoy nature trails and a little beach.
|Beinn Dubh||4 miles (6.5 km)||This is a lovely walk to try if you are visiting the pretty Luss Village in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The short climb gives fabulous views over the surrounding area. |
The walk starts in Luss at the car park and visitor centre. You then follow a footpath out of the village through some woodland before climbing Beinn Dubh on a nice grassy path. There are simply wonderful views of Loch Lomond, Glen Luss and the Arrochar Alps to enjoy. You can return the same way or continue to Mid Hill along the Glen Striddle Horseshoe.
|Ben Lomond||7 miles (11.5 km)||Climb one of Scotland's most popular munros on this challenging walk in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The mountains sits on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond rising to a height of 974 metres (3,196 ft). The climb takes place on a good path with a steady gradient, starting from the Rowardennan car park. The first section takes you through woodland towards Coire Corrach. You continue the ascent to Sron Aonaich and Sithean before reaching the summit where there are fabulous views across Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. |
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you pick up the West Highland Way and enjoy a walk along Loch Lomond.
|Ben Lui||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the 1,130 m (3,710 ft) summit of this famous Munro in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The peaks of Ben Lui are designated as a National Nature Reserve with lush mountain vegitation including saxifrages, mosses and lichens. |
This walk starts from the car park in Glen Lochy just off the A85 and crosses the River Lochy before a pleasant woodland section along a burn. After leaving the woodland you continue the climb past Fionn Choire to the summit where you can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding peaks. You can extend your walk by heading to Beinn a' Chleibh which lies about 1.5 miles to the south west.
|Bracklinn Falls and Callander Crags||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy a walk around this popular beauty spot in Callander in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. These wonderful steep falls are set in a beautiful wooded gorge on Keltie Water, just a short walk from the town of Callander. |
The walk starts at the car park near the falls and follows a good path through woodland to Bracklinn Falls Bridge where there are great views of the foaming river. You continue on the woodland trails on the eastern side of the river before crossing a bridge and following a country lane back to the car park. There's great views of the surrounding Stirlingshire countryside and hills for much of the walk too.
|Conic Hill||2 miles (3.5 km)||This popular climb to Conic Hill gives wonderful views over Loch Lomond. The hill is situated above Balmaha and can be reached by following a good, stepped path along the West Highland Way to the summit. The walk starts from the Balmaha car park/visitor centre and heads through the woodland of the Balmaha plantation before climbing the wooden steps and following grassy paths to Conic Hill. The views back over Loch Lomond towards the Arrochar Alps and Ben Lomond are stunning. You can descend the same way or extend your walk by continuing along the West Highland Way to the Burn of Marr and Milton of Buchanan. This would turn the route into a longer circular walk.|
|Cowal Way||57 miles (92 km)||This stunning walk starts at Portavadie on the banks of Loch Fyne and heads to Inveruglas. The route passes the Kyle of Bute and Loch Ruel before joining the River Ruel for a riverside stretch. You then pass Loch Goil and Loch Long before finishing on west shore of Loch Lomond at Inverugla.|
|Duncryne Hill||1 miles (1.5 km)||This short climb takes you to the top of Duncryne hill near Gartocharn in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The hill is known as the 'Dumpling ' and stands at a modest height of 465 ft (142 m) giving wonderful views towards Loch Lomond. You can park by the roadside on Duncryne Road where you will find a gate and a good footpath leading through woodland to the hill. You follow the path to the hill summit where you will find a triangulation point. From here there are fabulous views over the Loch, its islands and the surrounding mountains of Ben Lomond and The Cobbler.|
|Falls of Dochart||1 miles (2 km)||This short walk takes you from the town of Killin to the beautiful Falls of Dochart. You start in the town centre and follow a footpath through the town and along the River Dochart to the falls. It's a lovely setting with the white water crashing against rocks and flowing around the pretty Islands of Inchbuie. The river is surrounded by attractive woodland, with the lovely backdrop of the Highland Mountains. You can also visit the old watermill and cross the pretty little bridge over the river for even better views in both directions. |
The Falls are located at the western end of Loch Tay so it's easy to extend your walk and visit the loch from Killin. The long distance Rob Roy Way walk also runs past the falls so you could pick this up to extend your outing.
|Falls of Falloch||1 miles (1 km)||Visit these beautiful 'hidden' waterfalls on this short walk in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The falls are located on the River Falloch in Glen Falloch, a few miles north of Loch Lomond. The walk starts from the car park just off the A82 and follows a path through woodland to the falls. It's a delightful beauty spot with picnic benches and views of the River Falloch.|
|Flanders Moss Nature Reserve||1 miles (1 km)||This delightful National Nature Reserve near Kippen has a 0.5 mile boardwalk trail to follow over the peat bogland. It's a fascinating and beautiful spot with sphagnum moss, heather, birches and cotton grass. Look out for a wide variety of wildlife including adders, lizards, snipe and stonechat. There is also a great viewing tower which you can climb for views over the reserve to the Trossachs. This short walk starts from the parking area just off the B822 north of Kippen and follows the boardwalk trail, visiting the viewing tower on the way.|
|Inchcailloch Island||2 miles (3 km)||Follow the lovely nature trail around this small island on Loch Lomond. You can catch the ferry to Inchcailloch Island from Balmaha then pick up the round the island footpath on pleasant woodland trails. On the way you can do the short climb to the island summit where there are fabulous views across the loch to Ben Lomond. At the south western end of the island you will also find Port Bawn with its little beach, picnic tables and jetty.|
|Inchmahome Priory||1 miles (1 km)||Enjoy a stroll around Inchmahome Island on Lake Mentieth and explore the fascinating Inchmahome Priory.
You can catch a boat to the island from the Port of Mentieth in the summer months. It's a special place where you can enjoy a stroll around the 13th century ruins of the priory before heading into the surrounding woodland. The ruins include cloister buildings, a church and a chapter house with a collection of stone memorials, including one of a 13th-century couple in a loving embrace. There's also a variety of wildlife to look out for and fine views across the lake to the other islands. Inchmahome Priory is located just a few miles east of Aberfoyle.|
The island has a fascinating history too. In the 16th century Mary Queen of Scots was brought to Inchmahome for her safety, when an English invasion looked likely.
If you would like to extend your outing then you could try the Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie walk.
|Inversnaid Falls||1 miles (2 km)||Visit these beautiful falls next to Loch Lomond on this short walk. The route starts at the Inversnaid Hotel before a short stroll takes you to the falls on Arklet Water. You can then continue your walk by climbing through the surrounding woodland and heading along the loch using the West Highland Way. You could also extend your walk by visiting the RSPB Inversnaid Nature Trail where you can look out for a variety of wildlife.|
|Inversnaid Nature Trail||1 miles (2 km)||Follow the lovely nature trail in this RSPB reserve by Loch Lomond on this short walk. The route starts at the Inversnaid Hotel and follows the West Highland Way along the loch before climbing to oak woodland and open moorland where there are fabulous views. Look out for pied flycatchers, buzzards and woodpeckers on the way.|
If you would like to extend your walk you could continue along the West Highland Way in either direction. You could also the beautiful Inversnaid Falls which are a short stroll from the start of this route.
|Loch Ard||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle along the beautiful Loch Ard, near Aberfoyle in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. This circular route starts in the car park at the eastern end of the loch and takes you along the loch and through the surrounding woodland on good paths. On the way there are lovely view points with picnic benches where you can sit and admire the view over Loch Ard to the forests and surrounding hills. The route also passes a number of interesting sculptures with riddles and the pretty Lochan Ghleannain. You can easily extend your outing by continuing west along the miles of cycle and walking trails in the Loch Ard Forest. |
There are also great cycling and walking trails to Loch Katrine, Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
|Loch Arklet||10 miles (16 km)||This walk takes you through the lovely Glen Arklet in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. On the way you will enjoy great views of Loch Arklet and pass the pretty Inversnaid Falls on Arklet Water. |
The route starts at the Inversnaid Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond, before a short stroll takes you to the lovely Inversnaid falls on Arklet Water. You continue by climbing through the surrounding woodland along Arklet Water to Loch Arklet. There are splendid views back towards Loch Lomond. The path continues above Loch Arklet through Glen Arklet, before finishing at the pier on Loch Katrine. You could extend your walk by continuing along the super lochside path at Loch Katrine or head back to Inversnaid on the same path.
|Loch Katrine||13 miles (21 km)||This super cycle and walking route takes you on the lochside path around Loch Katrine in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You start off at the Trossachs Pier and Visitor centre at the south eastern end of the loch where cycle hire is available. You then pick up the excellent tarmac path which starts off fairly flat but does have some climbs along the way. There are great views over the loch and to the surrounding hills and mountains. You'll also pass Glengyle House, the birthplace of Robert Roy MacGregor, the Scottish outlaw and folk hero.|
The path runs for about 13 miles through woodland and countryside to Stronachlachar on the western side of the loch. Here you can catch the ferry back to Trossachs Pier or if you'd like to extend your outing head to the nearby Loch Arklet or Loch Ard. There's also another great cycling and walking trail along Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
|Loch Tay||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy a short walk to Loch Tay from the town of Killin in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The walk starts at the parking area in Killin and crosses the River Lochay on an old railway bridge. You continue along the now disused railway line through woodland to the loch. From here you can enjoy pretty little beaches and wonderful views across the loch to the surrounding hills and mountains. You can return to the car park or extend your walk by heading along the River Dochart to the beautiful Falls of Dochart which is a short walk away. The Rob Roy Way also passes through Killin so you could also extend your outing on this long distance footpath.|
|Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie||19 miles (30 km)||Follow National Cycle Network Route 7 through the Achray Forest to these two beautiful lochs in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The route starts in the village of Aberfoyle and follows good woodland paths to Lochan Reoidhte and then on to Loch Drunkie. You continue on more forest tracks before a long lochside stretch along Loch Venachar. There's great views across the water to the surrounding woodland, hills and mountains. |
If you'd like to explore the area further then you can head to the nearby Loch Katrine for more wonderful waterside cycling and walking trails. Loch Ard also has some great woodland cycle and walking trails while the fascinating Inchmahome Priory is only a few miles east of Aberfoyle .
|Luss Village||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy an easy circular walk around this delightful conservation village on the western shore of Loch Lomond. If you're visiting the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park then Luss is one of the must see areas. You can catch boat trips from the pier, stroll along the pretty beach and then explore the delightful village with its pretty sandstone and slate cottages. |
This walk starts at the pier and follows the Luss Heritage Trail through the village to a small woodland area where you pick up a lovely riverside path. This leads you past pretty weirs to the loch, where you will pass the 19th century parish church before returning to the pier. It's a pleasant, varied walk with great views of the loch and woodland, river and lochside sections.
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could climb the nearby Beinn Dubh for wonderful views over Glen Luss and Loch Lomond.
|Rob Roy Way||79 miles (127 km)||Follow in the footsteps of Robert Roy MacGregor, famous Scottish folk hero and outlaw of the early 18th century. The walk takes you across the Southern Highland of Scotland taking in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Starting from Drymen on the West Highland Way it goes north east to finish in Pitlochry. |
The path passes a series of beautiful Lochs including Loch Venachar, Loch Tay and Loch Earn. You will also pass a series of spectacular waterfalls such as the Falls of Dochart and The Falls of Moness. There is also a waterside section along the River Tay with the Cairngorm mountains making a splendid backdrop.
|The Cobbler Mountain||6 miles (9 km)||The Cobbler or Ben Arthur is one of the most popular climbs in the highlands. At 884 m (2,900 ft) it is not the highest of the Arrochar Alps but is considered the most spectacular. It gets its name from the distinctive, large rocky summit which look like a cobbler bending over his last. |
The walk begins at the car park at the eastern end of Loch Long near Arrochar. It then follows a well defined and partially waymarked path to the summit. The first section ascends through the woodland around Loch Long and climbs quite gently to the Narnain boulders which make a good resting point. You continue to a small Lochan where you turn left and ascend the stone steps. Shortly after you will come to the high point which requires turning right from the path. From here there are fabulous panoramic views across the Highlands, Loch Long, the Paps of Jura and Cuillins. The walk descends to rejoin the same path used for the ascent which you follow to the finish point.
|Three Lochs Way||33 miles (53 km)||This super route is suitable for both walkers and mountain bikers. It runs from Balloch to Inveruglas passing Loch Lomond (see video), The Gareloch and Loch Long. There's some stunning mountainous scenery and splendid views of the Firth of Clyde as you pass through this beautiful area.|
|West Highland Way||93 miles (150 km)||This is a fabulous long distance walking and cycling* route from Milngavie, north of Glasgow, to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. There's stunning scenery to enjoy with Lochs, mountains, rivers and waterfalls all dotted along the route.|
The route begins just outside Glasgow at Milngavie and heads north through Mugdock Country Park before reaching Loch Lomond where you enjoy a fantastic waterside section along the shores of the loch with Ben Lomond mountain making a beautiful backdrop. You continue through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, passing the lovely Falls of Falloch, Loch Tulla and crossing Rannoch Moor. The path then takes you through the stunning Glencoe, climbing the Devil’s Staircase, before crossing the River Leven at the head of Loch Leven. The final section takes you past Lairigmor and Glen Nevis and finishes at Gordon Square in Fort William.
The route is well signposted throughout.
*For cyclists please be aware that while much of the route makes for fantastic cycling some sections are extremely challenging and are only suitable for experienced mountain bikers. Even then you will have to carry your bike over certain sections. Please see this discussion thread for information.