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.
This alternative route follows sections of the John Muir Way cycle path avoiding/diverting from the official JMW walking trail. The Balloch to Carbeth section is prone to forestry work year on year and can be closed - Please check https://johnmuirway.org/ before you are due to walk.
This walk is also a good option for those looking for a slightly easier day as it avoids the Old Kilpatrick hills section.
Tips en hints
This route is used in the following itineraries: