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Balloch to Strathblane

Hiking trail · West Dunbartonshire
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Leave Balloch and the village's castle behind to gain magnificent views over Loch Lomond again before descending and walking through forest to the town of Strathblane.  

29.2 km
7:31 h
243 m
169 m

An early start is the order of the day as today is the longest stretch on the John Muir Way, but also one of the most rewarding. Begin with a stroll through Balloch Castle Country Park, admiring views over Loch Lomond, before you cross through forest plantation which opens up to fantastic views of the Lomond Hills.

Follow the path skirting the edge of the Burncrooks Reservoir, through woodland to the Carbeth Inn and Huts. Originally formed when camping rights were given by the landowner to soldiers returning from WWI, the huts developed as Glasgow folk sought the fresh countryside air. During WWII the huts housed evacuees from bombed-out homes. Continue to Strathblane, where you can relax and perhaps reward yourself with a wee dram of local whisky.

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Catherine Allan 
Updated: April 02, 2018

Highest point
176 m
Lowest point
9 m

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This route is used in the following itineraries:

WSJMW

Start

Balloch (10 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
56.003274, -4.582416
UTM
30V 401321 6207573

Destination

Strathblane

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Distance
29.2 km
Duration
7:31h
Ascent
243 m
Descent
169 m

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