GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Conic Hill Walk

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 andBen 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.

Conic Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Conic Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Oak Tree Inn sits in a lovely location next to Loch Lomond in Balmaha. The award winning inn serves good quality food and has a fine selection of ales. If the weather is fine you can sit outside under the eponymous oak tree. They also provide rooms if you would like to stay in the area. You can find them at postcode G63 0JQ for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

One nice idea is to catch the ferry to the picturesque Inchcailloch Island where you can enjoy nature trails and a little beach. You could also explore miles of woodland trails around Balmaha Forest.
The epic West Highland Way also runs through Balmaha. You could pick up the long distance trail and follow it north along the loch to Rowardennan on the Balmaha to Milarrochy Bay and Rowardennan Walk. It's a popular section of the waymarked trail with a visit to the beautiful Milarrochy Bay a real highlight.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Walks page.

Photos

Loch Lomond from The West Highland Way - geograph.org.uk - 201980

Loch Lomond from The West Highland Way. Looking south west from just below the summit ridge of Conic Hill. This picture is looking right along the line of the Highland Geological Fault to the islands of from nearest Inchcailloch, Torrinch, Creinch and Inchmurrin, Ben Bowie is the hill seen on the other side of the Loch.

Conic Hill - geograph.org.uk - 218498

Conic Hill. The summit is grassy and heather moor. In the right background is Ben Lomond.

Conic Hill Summit - geograph.org.uk - 617755

Conic Hill Summit. On a clear day it is possible to seeGoat Fellonthe Isle of Arran, about 50 miles south west. The rounded outline ofAilsa Craigin the Clyde Estuary can also be seen.

Car park and visitor centre, Balmaha - geograph.org.uk - 828051

Car park and visitor centre, Balmaha. With a fine view to the Conic Hill in the background.

The path into the Bealach Ard - geograph.org.uk - 1048225

The path into the Bealach Ard. On the far side of the bealach (pass) can be seen Tom nan Oisgean.

West Highland Way in Balmaha Plantation - geograph.org.uk - 3989127

West Highland Way in Balmaha Plantation. A pleasant, surfaced stone path through the trees on the ascent to the hill.

View from Conic Hill West - geograph.org.uk - 3989086

View from Conic Hill West

Path leading up to Conic Hill - geograph.org.uk - 4070766

Path leading up to the hill in summer.

Elevation Profile

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Conic Hill.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Conic Hill.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)