Inchcailloch is part of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve and is a wonderful place to visit due to its rich natural and cultural heritage. It is the perfect place to experience remoteness and wildness in a safe and easily accessible location and, weather permitting, you can visit the island all year round.
Each season brings something new to discover. In the spring the island is carpeted in bluebells which creates a magical backdrop for the wildlife that lives there. In summer the island flourishes and becomes a rich habitat for birds, flowers and plant life. Throughout the autumn and into spring migrating wildfowl set up home here.
Most visitors come to cherish the tranquillity and peace, as well as the outstanding beauty and scenery the island has to offer. Some have even claimed the view at the summit is the best in Scotland! It is a place of true wild, natural beauty that is just waiting to be discovered.
There is a small campsite on the southern tip of the island in Port Bawn. As the island is a nature reserve, occupancy is limited to a maximum of 12 people per night, with individual group sizes limited to 6 people and booking cannot be made more than 2 months in advance.
The camping booking system for Inchcailloch is unavailable from 1 November 2016 to 28 February 2017 inclusive. We do not take bookings for this period to allow us to carry out essential winter maintenance work on the island.
From Balmaha car park it takes only a few minutes to walk to the boatyard. Your island adventure now begins with a short boat journey which is very short and runs on an ‘on demand’ basis . The ferry will drop you off at the pier on the east side of the island, known as the North Jetty. For fares and boat hire call 01360 870214, or visit www.balmahaboatyard.co.uk
The Waterbus service can also get you to the island from the west shore of the loch with Cruise Loch Lomond who operate a daily scheduled service from the village of Luss (18 March to 30 October). In July and August, Clyde Cruises operate a service from Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch to Inchcailloch via Inchmurrin.
Once on Inchailloch there are three walking routes which can be enjoyed separately or together.
Each path takes 30-45 minutes, just take your time and enjoy the view. You can download A walking guide to Inchcailloch.
There are compost toilets on the island (please note that there is no running water on the island).
Picnic tables are available on a first come first served basis. Visitors wishing to BBQ should bring their own and leave the area clean for others. There is also no refuse collection on the island. Please take ALL your litter and disposable BBQs home. There are recycling facilities and bins in Balmaha car park.