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 Ledi||4 miles (7 km)||Climb to this popular viewpoint on this challenging walk in the Trossachs. The mountain gives fabulous views over the woodland and lochs of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.|
There's a car park at Creag Dhubh, just off the A84, about 2 miles west of Callander. From here you can pick up the tracks to take you through woodland and then up on to the mountain peak. It's about a 2.5 climb from the car park to the 879 m (2,884 ft) summit of Ben Ledi. There's fabulous views of Loch Lubnaig and Callander, while on a clear day you can see as far as the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. There's also splendid views of some of the most famous mountains of the area including Ben Lawers and Ben Lomond.
To extend your exercise in the area you could enjoy a waterside cycle or walk along Loch Lubnaig and visit the delightful Falls of Leny on the way. The Rob Roy Way also passes through the area so you could futher explore the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park by picking up the trail and visiting Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
|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.
|Ben Venue||9 miles (14 km)||This challenging walk climbs the popular mountain of Ben Venue in the Trossachs. There's fabulous views over the surrounding mountains, lochs and forestry from the high points.|
The route starts from the Ben Venue car park off the A821 at the western end of Loch Achray. From here you can pick up woodland trails along Achray Water to Gleann Riabhach. As you ascend the mountain you can enjoy wonderful views back down to the huge Loch Katrine and Loch Venachar. There's also far reaching views of the area's other mountains, particularly Ben Lomond. At the 729 m (2,392 ft) summit you can see as far as the Firth of Forth, the Isle of Arran and the Paps of Jura on a clear day. See the drone footage video below to appreciate the majestic surroundings.
The mountain sits in the wonderful Queen Elizabeth Forest Park where there are miles of other cycling and walking trails to try. For example you can extend your exercise by following the wonderful cycle and walking path along the northern side of Loch Katrine.
Glen Finglas is also nearby. Here you can enjoy woodland trails, open heathland, rushing streams, waterfalls and challenging hill climbs.
|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.|
|Falls of Leny||2 miles (4 km)||Visit these beautiful falls on this short walk from Callander in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You can follow a cycling and walking trail along a dismantled railway line from Callander to the falls. It's about a 2.5 mile walk along the Garbh Uisge river and the forestry of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. It's a splendid short route with the rushing waters of the river and views of Ben Ledi and the other surrounding mountains.|
You can extend your walk by continuing north and visiting Loch Lubnaig.
Just to the west of Callander there's another nice trail running along Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
|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.|
|Glen Finglas||11 miles (18 km)||Enjoy a walk along Glen Finglas Reservoir and Finglas Water on this lovely walk in the Trossachs. The glen consists of miles of attractive woodland trails, open heathland, rushing streams, waterfalls and challenging hill climbs. There's lots of wildlife to look out for including red deer, golden eagles and black grouse. |
You can park at the Glen Finglas car park to start your walk. From here you can pick up the waymarked trail to the reservoir. It follows the River Turk north before heading along the eastern side of the lake to Finglas Water.
To extend your walk you can climb further into Glen Meann on the Mell trail. The circular trail runs for 15 miles and is suitable for mountain bikes and walkers.
The cycling and walking trail along Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie is also just to the south of the Glen.
If you head west then you can visit Loch Achray and Loch Katrine.
|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 in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
|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.
Just to the east you will find Glen Finglas where you can enjoy a waymarked walk to the Glen's rivers, streams, waterfalls and reservoir.
The climb to Ben Venue also starts from close to Loch Katrine. It's a popular walk with great views back down to the loch.
|Loch Lubnaig||9 miles (15 km)||This cycling and walking route follows National Cycle Route 7 from Callander to Strathyre along Loch Lubnaig. It's a great traffic free path, running for just over 9 miles along the Garbh Uisge river before heading through the woodland of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park alongside the loch. The route finishes at the little village of Strathyre at the northern end of the water.|
It's a lovely area with the beautiful loch surrounded by attractive forestry and the mountains of the Trossachs. You'll also pass the wonderful Falls of Leny at the Callander end of the loch.
The loch is popular with fishermen while canoes can be rented at the north end. Car parks are available at the southern end of the water.
It's easy to extend your cycling and walking in this beautiful area. You could head a few miles west of Callander and visit Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
If you are looking for a more challenging walk then you could climb to Ben Ledi for fabulous views back down to the loch.
|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)||This route in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park follows National Cycle Network Route 7 through the Achray Forest to 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.
Just to the north of Loch Venachar you can pick up a nice waymarked trail through Glen Finglas. Here you will find rivers, streams, waterfalls and the lovely Glen Finglas Reservoir.
The walk to Ben Venue also starts from near to Loch Achray, just to the west of Loch Venachar. It's a popular climb with great views back down to the loch.
|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.
|Queen Elizabeth Forest Park||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of mountain bike trails and footpaths in this expansive forest in Perthshire. This 3 mile circular walk take you around the Lime Craig Trail from the excellent visitor centre in Aberfoyle. There's attractive oak woodland, waterfalls and a steep climb to Lime Craig. From the viewpoint there are excellent views of Ben Lomond, Ben Venue, Ben Ledi, the Carse of Stirling and the Campsie Fells. The area is great for wildlife too. Look out for red squirrels and crossbills as you make your way through the woods.|
There's lots of other trails to try with more details from the Lodge Visitor Centre. This route is designed for walkers but there's plenty of trails for mountain bikers to try. For example you can follow the National Cycle Network Route 7 to Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie through the Archay Forest from the centre.
If you head north west you can visit Loch Achray and the wonderful Loch Katrine.
A few miles east of Aberfoyle you will find Inchmahome Priory on Lake Mentieth. It's a special place with the 13th century ruins of the priory surrounded by woodland trails.
Just to the west of the visitor centre you can pick up the cycling and walking trails along Loch Ard.
The Rob Roy Way long distance footpath also passes through Aberfoyle so you can pick this up to head deeper into the forest. If you were to head north east along the path it would take you to Callander where you can visit the beautiful Falls of Leny and Loch Lubnaig.
If you are looking for a more challenging walk then you could climb to Ben Ledi for fabulous views over the park.
|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, Glen Orchy 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.