Conic Hill Walk
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.
To get to the Conic Hill trailhead, from Drymen, follow the B837 North to Balmaha. Follow the east shores of Loch Lomond. After 4.0mi you’ll get to Balmaha. Parking is available here on the right and is free of charge. Follow the signs.
|When to do|
Yes, at trailhead
Out and back
Conic Hill Walk
Conic Hill Walking Route Description
To start the Conic Hill walk, set out on the distinctive path directly from the car park. Walk along the mall footpath until you arrive at a T-junction, head right here onto the larger track. Follow this trail 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 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.
At 984ft, you’ll take the path to the right that leads up to the ridge of Conic Hill. Continue away from the Loch along the ridge as the path climbs and falls. At 1312ft you should reach the summit. This stage 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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Conic Hill
How long does it take to walk up Conic Hill?
Depending on how fast you walk, it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Is Conic Hill hard to climb?
It’s a bit of a steep climb, but rather short so we’d rate it about a 2 on the difficulty scale.
Is Conic Hill A Munro?
No, it is not, but it makes for a great training hill before attempting a Munro hill.
Is Conic Hill steep?
Yes, the Conic Hill is steep and requires a general fitness level to climb.
Is Conic Hill suitable for dogs?
Yes, dogs are welcome and the hill is suitable for active dogs.
Can you camp on Conic Hill?
There are no campgrounds, but you are welcome to wild camp in Scotland.
Is Conic Hill part of the West Highland Way?
The Conic Hill is one of the final highlights of the West Highland Way.
Where do you park to climb Conic Hill?
There is a Conic Hill parking lot. Enter Conic Hill Carpark, Stirling, Balmaha, Glasgow G63 0JQ, United Kingdom into your GPS to find the spot.
Check out more amazing walks in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, like the Ben A’an, Ben Venue, Ben Lomond, or Loch Venachar.
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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