Walking Loch Lomond
And the Trossachs
There are a wide variety of walks near Ballat Smithy Cottage. Some beside lochs, some into the mountains, some through ancient woodlands, but they will all take your breath away. Walking Loch Lomond and the Trossachs will be a great adventure on your own or with family and friends. We are surrounded by paths, trails, and hills to enjoy. From Ben An to Conic Hill and the mighty Ben Lomond to the tiny Dumpling. The level of walk and choice of distance are yours. And what a lot of choice you have!
Walks for All
The Best Way to Explore
There are walks for all abilities near Ballat Smithy Cottage. Enjoy scenic walks by rivers and lochs, in forests and woods, and high into the hills in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Wherever you roam the spectacular scenery and your beautiful surroundings will inspire you.
If you are looking for memorable walks, then the best local walks are to be found in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. If walking the hills is your plan then Walk Highlands is a great resource.
However, venturing out into the hills can be a daunting prospect for newcomers. So why not use the services of an experienced guide? If you use Loch Lomond Guides and Scotland’s Wild then you will have access to a variety of options.
Millennium Forest Trail
Superb views of Loch Lomond
Starting at Balmaha, this trail offers superb views of Loch Lomond. It also takes you through some of the 3,000 acres of woodland around the loch, giving you the chance to spot some Scottish wildlife. For example, here you might see animals like the red squirrel, pine martin or an osprey. If you are looking for peace and quiet, then this forest can offer you just that.
Moreover, this trail follows part of the West Highland Way. So it takes you along the wooded promontory, Craigie’s Fort. Keep an eye out in the loch and see if you can spot Inchcailloch island. To sum up – this is a walk which has something for everyone!
Great for families
Rising behind Balmaha, Conic Hill is one of the area’s most popular walks. It’s great for families because although it’s steep in places, it is accessible. Those with no mobility issues should be able to climb it with ease. If you are eager to get out and enjoy Scotland, then this is a great place to start.
And the climb is worth it, because you get stunning views of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs from the top. For instance, even on darker Scottish days, you still get a great view of Loch Lomond.
Although dogs are welcome on this walk, there are often sheep around the hill. So please do keep your best buddy on a lead.
Walking the hills
If you plan on hillwalking near Loch Lomond, then there are plenty of options. For example, Conic Hill is a popular walk near Balmaha. The hill marks the northernmost edge of Scotland’s lowlands. So this means that everything you see to the north is the Scottish Highlands.
And once again, the views from the top can be magnificent. On a really good day you can see for miles. In fact, you don’t even have to go all the way to the top for cracking views! The walk up to the top offers just as stunning views as those from the summit.
So if you are looking for a walking holiday in Scotland, then come to Loch Lomond and stay with us at Ballat Smithy Cottage. Above all, walking Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas will be sure to make your break a special one.Book Now
‘Ballat Smithy is a very well appointed cottage – a home away from home with everything you could need to make your holiday enjoyable. From the welcome food package waiting on your arrival to the plentiful supply of towels, games, books and general household items – all you have to do is arrive, relax and start your holiday!
The cottage is on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park so is ideally placed for exploring all the areas of natural beauty around it, as well as really close to Stirling (the William Wallace monument is worth a visit), Falkirk (the Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies are definitely worth a visit) and even Glasgow if you want a big city.
Anne is so friendly and welcoming and if we return to this area of Scotland we will definitely stay again!’
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