Enjoy a day out around the shores of Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest inland stretch of water. Picturesque villages and mesmerising scenery, all overlooked by the majestic Ben Lomond, provide you with endless photo opportunities while you discover the local history and amazing wildlife.
Coming from Crianlarich take the A82 south in the Glasgow direction. After 12.5 miles/20km you reach the amazing viewpoint at Inveruglas.
Turn left on leaving the viewpoint car park and travel south on the A82 for 12 miles/19.3km. Turn left into the village of Luss. There is a car park on your left shortly after the turn off.
There’s plenty to do in Balmaha – short walks, steep climbs with great views, boat trips and island exploration!
If you fancy a leisurely stroll, try the Millennium Forest Trail and explore the woods around the loch shores and village.
Ferries from Balmaha Boat Yard to Loch Lomond Nature Reserve on Inchcailloch (Gaelic for “island of the cowled woman”) leave every 15 minutes (9.30am – 5pm, Easter to October). Once on the island explore the woodlands and spot wildlife from one of two walking routes.
To get to Balmaha, retrace your way back to the A82 junction, turn left and head south (signposted Glasgow). Stay on the A82 for 8 miles/13km. At the roundabout which features an impressive bird sculpture turn left onto the A811 signposted for Stirling. Stay on this road for 7.5 miles/12km at which point you reach a T-junction: turn left, staying on the A811 signposted for Stirling/Drymen. After just over half a mile/a little less than 1km, turn left onto the B858 where you enter Drymen. A little into Drymen you see the road signs for Balmaha. Opposite the Post Office turn left onto Balmaha Road (B837). Stay on this road and after 4 miles/6.5km you have reached Balmaha. Park at the National Park Centre.
If time allows you can travel a further 6.5 miles/10.5km north to Rowardennan to visit Ardess Hidden History Trail.
Leave Balmaha travelling north (Loch Lomond to your left). Follow the minor road until you reach the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park car park. From here it’s about a 10 minute walk to the Hidden History Trail at Ardess Lodge.
For your return journey travel back to Drymen from where all major destinations are signposted.
If you want to leave the car behind for the day there are fantastic opportunities to take a day out with Loch Lomond’s Waterbus Services. There are nine routes to explore and you can even take your bike on the boat – allowing you to create round trips and/or add Loch Katrine to the mix. The Waterbus is mainly seasonal with most routes running from end of March to end of October.