The Three Lochs Way

The Three Lochs Way

The Three Lochs Way

Gentle pastoral landscapes around Balloch are gradually replaced by the scenic drama of mountain, crag and loch as the the Three Lochs Way crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and heads towards the mountains of the Southern Highlands. With Loch Lomond, The Gareloch and Loch Long as recurrent scenic backdrops, the Three Lochs Way takes you on a fascinating journey through place and time as it links a necklace of communities strung along the Clyde Sea Lochs fringe of Scotland’s first national park.

Rarely rising above 250 metres, the route's 55 kilometres (34 miles) can easily be walked in 3 to 4 days and with the West Highland railway line never far away, it also offers plenty of options for people seeking shorter day walks. Total ascent is approximately 1,000 metres.

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Points of interest

VisitScotland iCentre, Balloch
Tourist information centre located in the old station building near Balloch train station.
The Hill House
Managed by the National Trust for Scotland, the finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic creations, The Hill House sits high above the Clyde, commanding fine views over the river estuary.
Sweeney's Cruises
Luxury cruise options for exploring Loch Lomond.
Scottish Submarine Centre
Scotland only submarine museum has a Stickleback sub on show & audio/visual displays.
The route starts or finishes by the engraved circular stone plinth and seat at the entrance to Helensburgh Pier at the start of the West esplanade.
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.
In Your Element TreeZone
A fun way to get a view of Loch Lomond - from the treetops & 65m zip line. Plus other activities available in the national park.
Helensburgh Upper Railway Station
Visit this station if only for the wildflower displays. Planted by local volunteers, the flower collections are designed to attract the maximum number of wildlife species, making a good contribution to creating biodiversity in the area. Helensburgh Upper is part of the West Highland Line.
Helensburgh Town Centre
Modelled on Edinburgh's New Town, Helensburgh owes its creation to Sir James Colquhoun of Luss and is named after his wife Helen.
Helensburgh Heroes Centre
(CURRENTLY CLOSED - we will update on re-opening) The Heroes Centre celebrates over 100 local figures from John Logie Baird to actress Deborah Kerr and houses a 50's themed cafe. John Muir Way certificates, maps & guidebooks are available here.
Helensburgh Golf Club
With stunning panoramic views across the Clyde Estuary towards Arran and over Loch Lomond to the Trossachs, our exciting moorland course is a 'Must Play' experience.
Helensburgh Central Railway Station
Duchess Wood Local Nature Reserve
Often known as Bluebell wood, Duchess Wood is a rich and diverse woodland with a variety of different plant and animal species.
Craigendoran Railway Station, Helensburgh
Station south-east of Helensburgh travelling from Glasgow.
Balloch Railway Station
Alexandria Railway Station


Helensburgh's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Helensburgh Swimming Pool
You can claim your completer certificate from the swimming pool, located beside the route terminus in Helensburgh. Open 7 days until 8.45pm weekdays/3.45pm at weekends.
Helensburgh Cycles
Bike shop & servicing 50 yards from the route start/finish. Route maps & guidebooks are available here.
Balloch's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.



01389 752 771


01389 752 459/07711 317966

Helensburgh's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Farmstay Loch Lomond

01389 850231

Eastbank B&B


Cameron Lodges

Self-catering lodges for longer stays

Balmillig B&B

07738 701948

Balloch's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Arbor Travel Lodge

01389 756233