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Conic Hill Hike

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The 1,184 ft, 361m Conic Hill is on the more remote east side of Loch Lomond in central Scotland, at Balmaha village, 4 miles west of Drymen, 22 miles north of Glasgow. Postcode: G63 0JQ

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The image top is of the centre of Balmaha Village with a Shop and popular Bar Diner. Next to the Diner is the Tom Weir Garden and Marina.

The large Car Park is across the road from the Diner, at the Balmaha Visitor Centre, where you can view information on the area.

The Tourist Trail to Conic Hill starts from the Car Park, take the Trail to the right up through Woodland.

Once you clear the Woodland, a steep Trail takes you from the south side over to the north side.

As you cross over the Ridge, you get a choice of two Trails, either follow the Main Trail, or take a Grassy Trail straight up the Ridge.

The Main Trail takes you up the north side, then you have a short steep section up to the Summit.

It takes about 1 hour to get to the top if you are reasonably fit, a great hill to test your fitness on before trying any Munro's over 3,000 feet.

The views from the top are amazing over Loch Lomond and Balmaha Bay, many 3,000 foot mountains don't have as good a views.

Back down, you can follow the main trail back to the Car Park, or follow the Grassy Trail straight down.

If you fallow the Grassy Trail all the way down, it is a good trail until the bottom section that is a bit wet, you then have to cross the Main Road, cross a Small Field, then follow the West Highland Way Path alongside the banks of Loch Lomond to Balmaha, about 1 mile south.

There is no parking anywhere close to the Grassy Trail.

Once back at Balmaha, you have to visit the Tom Weir Garden. Tom Weir was one of the first TV presenters that covered Walking Routes throughout Scotland in the 1970s.

Next to the Garden is the Boat Yard and Marina where you can partake in Watersports or Boat Trips.

Two miles north of Balmaha is Milarrochy Bay with a Beach and Camping, a popular spot to cool the feet down after a hike.

The Map below shows the two Trails, Blue for Tourist Trail, Green for Grassy Trail.


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