Balloch to Strathblane

Balloch to Strathblane

Balloch to Strathblane
Make your way through Balloch Castle Country Park taking in the fantastic views from the shores of Loch Lomond. The walkers route then takes you over the Kilpatrick Hills giving an upland experience and real sense of wildness. This is the highest point of the whole route and be warned that the weather can often be challenging! The cycling braid takes you along a lower level and easier route, but this is also challenging in places and you may need to get off and push. Look out for the Glengoyne Distillery and Beech Tree Inn if you fancy some refreshments.

Path Quality

This section of the route follows a mixture of minor public roads, natural and built paths (the West Highland Way) and farm / forestry tracks. 

On the cycle braid there is a relatively long section on minor road between Balloch and Croftamie. There are great views from the West Highland Way between Dumgoyne and Strathblane, though some sections are steep with a loose surface and it's very likely that cyclists will need to push in places. With planning this can be bypassed on public roads.

The walkers route has less distance on the road and also takes in the newly built path over the Kilpatrick Hills. Be aware that the new walkers route commits you to roughly 13km of 'upland' path which is relatively steep and challenging in a few places - walking poles are recommended on this section.

Public toilets are located at Balloch Pier, Balloch bus station, the railway station, in the Co-operative and in Balloch Country Park.

 

Overview

Key things to note about this route section.

Distance
18.5 miles, 29.5 km
Average time to complete
6-7 hours' walking, 3 hours' cycling
Kilpatrick Hills temporary diversion: 30 Jan - 10 Apr 2017

Due to forestry operations the walkers route through the Kilpatrick Hills will be temporarily diverted from 30 January 2017. John Muir Way users walking between Balloch and Strathblane should divert along the cyclists braid. The route up to and round Burncrooks reservoir is not affected. A map of the diversion is available here. It is anticipated that the diversion will be in place until 10 April 2017.

Points of interest

VisitScotland Information Centre
Scotland's national tourism operator centre.
The Whangie
Iconic hill walk up to Auchineden summit in the Campsie Fells, giving great hill and moorland vistas.
Sweeney's Cruises
Luxury cruise options for exploring Loch Lomond.
Maid of the Loch
Loch Lomond's own steam ship experience.
Loch Lomond Shores Retail and Leisure Centre
Retail and leisure centre by Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre
Dive in and let us take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.
Glengoyne Distillery
See how the whisky is made and sample it on site.
Dumgoyne Hill
Iconic hill above the distillery, affording an excellent viewpoint of nearby mountains and lochs.
Can You Experience - Loch Lomond
Guided outdoor fun activities for families, groups and individuals.
Balloch Railway Station
Balloch Castle Country Park
Balloch Castle Country Park is one of the finest public spaces in the west of Scotland, with fantastic views over Loch Lomond and plenty of things to see and do.
Alexandria Railway Station

Facilities

Killearn's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away foods.
A choice of places to eat.
Gemini Walks - Tour Operator
Providing guiding services along several long distance routes.
Edenmill Farm Shop, Cafe and Soft Play
Tel: 01360 771707
CARBETH INN
01360 770002
Balloch's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.

Accommodation

WOODVALE B & B

01389 755771

THE WATER HOUSE INN

01389 752125

STRATHBLANE COUNTRY HOUSE

01360 770491

STATION COTTAGES

01389 750759/07050 354793

SHEILDAIG FARM

01389 752 459/07711 317966

PALOMBOS OF BALLOCH

01389 753501

MILLHALL BED & BREAKFAST

01389 605639

M CANNON

01389 753105

LOMOND VILLA B & B

01389 759 631/ 07789 886616

Lagganbeg Holiday Park

A bit out of the way but tents are welcome.

KIRKHOUSE INN, STRATHBLANE

01360 771771

Killearn's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
INKEEPERS LODGE LOCH LOMAND BALLOCH

01389 752579

GOWANLEA GUEST HOUSE

01389 752456

BLAIRGLAS BED & BREAKFAST

01389 850278

Balloch's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, Blanefield

NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Chalet and camping accommodation for organised groups only: pre-booking required.

ANCHORAGE GUEST HOUSE

01389 753336

ALBA BED & BREAKFAST

01389 758755