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Hiking trail

Balmaha to Rowardennan

Hiking trail · Stirling
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  • Loch Lomond
    / Loch Lomond
    Photo: Fraser MacRae, Macs Adventure
m 300 200 100 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Loch Lomond Loch Lomond … Sculpture Loch Lomond Ben Lomond Cashel - The Forest for a Thousand Years Ben Lomond Tom Weir Statue Loch Lomond The Clansman Bar The Oak Tree Inn Loch Lomond

Follow the path along the shore of Loch Lomond to reach Rowardennan. 

moderate
12.1 km
3:30 h
153 m
133 m

From Balmaha the path alternates between the loch shore, natural forest, and headlands. There are numerous short steep climbs along this section of the route. The scenery, forest, and birdlife between Balmaha and Rowardennan are outstanding.

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Macs Adventure
Updated: February 17, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
88 m
Lowest point
12 m
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Rest Stop

The Clansman Bar
The Oak Tree Inn
St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour

Safety information

At a few points the path joins or crosses the road which can be busy. Be careful if stepping out or taking photos when close to the road. 

Maps

If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the West Highland Way map from Footprints. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.

Guidebook

If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's West Highland Way: Milngavie to Fort William by Charlie Loram.

Macs Adventure Blogs

Using our decades of experience we have written several blogs containing helpful tips, daily wildlife information, lunch stops, where to eat, FAQ and more. Please follow the link below to read our West Highland Way insights:

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/category/walking/west-highland-way/     

 

Tips, hints and links

Noted on the interactive map are a couple notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.

Start

Balmaha town centre (15 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
56.084274, -4.539800
UTM
30V 404179 6216527
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Destination

Rowardennan Hotel

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provide these route notes to help you. The West Highland Way is well waymarked, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

Before leaving Balmaha you’ll pass a statue of the well-loved Tom Weir – a hardy walker who hosted the TV programme “Weir’s Way” to popularise hiking in the highlands, in which he almost always wore the same red knitted beanie hat. From Balmaha follow the well way-marked trail as it flits between hugging the shore of Loch Lomond and following the country road towards Rowardennan.  Enjoy the peaceful paths through woodlands which have been restored to allow native species to thrive. 

At 12.10 km arrive at Rowardennan Hotel – a casual country inn located between the road on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond and the loch shore itself.  

 

 

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

Geographic
56.084274, -4.539800
UTM
30V 404179 6216527
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///builds.airfields.unless
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. 

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it would be beneficial to bring a power bank.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.1 km
Duration
3:30h
Ascent
153 m
Descent
133 m
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