Conic Hill, Loch Lomond

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Loch Lomond from Conic Hill
Loch Lomond from Conic Hill

Conic Hill

At only 361 m high, Conic Hill may be lacking in height, but it certainly makes up for it in terms of the magnificent views over Loch Lomond.

If it's a bit of exercise you are looking for, then it can also provide that as the first part up the steps will certainly get the heart pumping.

The climb and return should only take a couple of hours at the most.

Access is incredibly easy, as the walk starts right from the ample car park (free at the time of writing) in Balmaha.

However, all these factors, plus the fact that the West Highland Way runs past it, combine to make it a very popular and often busy walk.

Get there early to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.

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Conic Hill - Part 1

Once parked in the ample car park in Balmaha, head for the back, towards the right hand corner, and you will see the start of the walk.

Through the gate, turn right, and then turn left a bit further on, following the West Highland Way thistle signs.

Soon you come to a set of wooden steps - these do go on a bit, and are quite steep, so old folks like me just take it steady and you'll get there.

Conic Hill Steps
Conic Hill Steps

Conic Hill - Part 2

As you can see from the photograph, the steps go on...and on.

When the steps finally end, just follow the well worn path as it curves round to the right towards Conic Hill.


The Conic Hill steps go on and on
The Conic Hill steps go on and on

Conic Hill - Part 3

Follow the path, and soon you are rewarded with fine views over Loch Lomond.

Looking out across the loch, you can see that the islands lie in a line, and that line actually continues in the form of Conic Hill.

This is because Conic Hill and those islands lie on the Highland Boundary  fault - and that is what you are looking at.

Loch Lomond from Conic Hill
Loch Lomond from Conic Hill

Conic Hill - Part 4

A couple of hundred yards up the track, you will see a path leading off to the right - this takes you to the ridge line of Conic Hill and lets you reach the summit that way.  However, the path leading up the face of the ridge is very worn and so involves a bit of scrabbling up some slippy rocks.

If you prefer to reach the summit in a less adventurous fashion, just stay on the track, and go up the side of the ridge line until you see the path leading up to the summit.

Admire the view for a bit before heading back down the same way.

View from Conic Hill Summit
View from Conic Hill Summit

Tom Weir's Statue - Balmaha.

As a youngster I was inspired to get out onto Scotland's hills by watching "Weir's Way", on Scottish Television.

If you were too, then before you head home, nip across the road from  the car park and have a look at the statue of Tom Weir.

Not a bad likeness I must say.

Statue of Tom Weir, Balmaha
Statue of Tom Weir, Balmaha

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