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Conic Hill hike

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
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Conic Hill hike

Distance: 4.0km
Elevation: 324m
Time: 1.5-2.5h

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The Conic Hill walk is a short but steep hike from Balmaha, which takes you to the summit of Conic Hill. From the top the views out across Loch Lomond and its many islands are truly incredible. This is a great walk especially if looking for something a little bit shorter.

Conic Hill hike Map

Getting there

From Drymen follow the B837 North to Balmaha. Follow the east shores of Loch Lomond. After 6.4km you’ll get to Balmaha. Parking is available here on the right and is free of charge. Follow the signs.

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When to do

Year round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, at trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Poor

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


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Route Description for Conic Hill

From the car park in Balmaha find the footpath that leads off from the very back of the car park. The small footpath leads you to a T-junction, turn right here onto the larger track. Follow this track to a second junction and turn left. This section of the hike is part of the West Highland Way, and it is marked by a thistle symbol.

The path climbs through an ancient woodland. Follow the steps up to a small gate to leave the forest. From here you will be able to see the Conic Hill up ahead. Continue on the main path as it climbs, taking you around the back of Conic Hill. There are spectacular views back down to Loch Lomond and its islands, so don’t forget to look back (always a good excuse for a breather!).

Stay on the main path as it swings right around the back of Conic Hill and continues at a gentler climb.

In 300m you’ll take the path to the right that leads you up to the ridge of Conic Hill. Continue away from the Loch along the ridge as the path climbs and falls. In 400m you should reach the summit. This section is a little slow going as the ground is uneven, loose, and there are some steep sections.

From the summit, Ben Lomond can be seen further up the Loch as well as the Arrochar Alps on the far side of the water to the north. When you’re ready to return, follow the ascent route to the first dip where a path veers off steeply to the right to take you back down to the West Highland Way.

Once on the West Highland Way turn left and retrace your steps back to Balmaha.

Insider Hints

  • The pub in Balmaha - at the Oak Tree Inn - is a proper Scottish treat, and it’s a great place to sit and enjoy a drink in the sunshine with views down to the Loch.

  • For those who prefer coffee or Ice Cream, the St Mocha Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlour is wonderful!

  • When you round the back of Conic Hill, look out for the Highland cows!

  • You can easily head down to the shores of Loch Lomond; turn right from the car park, and then turn left onto the shore.

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Amalie Valsted Kaptain 1 week ago

Great hike

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rosaline.oh 5 months ago

Did the Conic Hill as part of West Highland Way. Easy and very accessible way of viewing the Loch from above, which families would appreciate. Beautiful views across some of the moor is a great taste of what Scottish highlands have to offer. But the best taste is the amazing taste of St Mocha ice cream. My goodness, are their ice creams great or what...!

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Agnieszka P 8 months ago

Great walk. Really easy compared to the Ben Venue trail I have done prior.

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Iris Krukova 9 months ago

The weather spoiled the hike for me. I could not see anything through the fog. At least the St Mocha Coffee shop offered some nice cake and tea.

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Minds 9 months ago

Great hike. Short, relaxing, with some good views.

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