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

Points of interest

The Whangie
Iconic hill walk up to Auchineden summit in the Campsie Fells, giving great hill and moorland vistas.
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.
Balloch Castle Country Park
Discover scenic walks, a fairy trail, the castle and fantastic views over Loch Lomond.

Facilities

West Highland Wheels - Bike Hire
Providing mobile bike hire services in Milngavie, Drymen, Balloch, Strathblane & Kilsyth, including one-way hire. 07031985411
Village Café Blanefield
01360 771623
Killearn's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away foods.
A choice of places to eat.
Edenmill Farm Shop, Cafe and Soft Play
Tel: 01360 771707
Balloch's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.

Accommodation

WOODVALE B & B

01389 755771

WEST HIGHLAND WAY CAMPSITE

Campsite in the grounds of Ardoch House

01360 771740 / 07488 261730

THE WATER HOUSE INN

01389 752125

THE ATTIC BUNKHOUSE

Bunkhouse with private rooms above Edenmill Farm Shop & Cafe

01360 771707

STATION COTTAGES

01389 750759/07050 354793

PALOMBOS OF BALLOCH

01389 753501

LOMOND VILLA B & B

01389 759 631/ 07789 886616

LOCH LOMOND ACCOMMODATION

4 self-contained units including a treehouse

07791 976910

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
JOHN MUIR WAY HOTEL & CAMPSITE

Hotel/restaurant & camping pitches

01360 771740 / 07488 261730

INNKEEPERS LODGE LOCH LOMOND

01389 752579

GOWANLEA GUEST HOUSE

01389 752456

DRYMEN ROOMS

01360 660989

Cairndhu

B&B

e: cairndhudrymen@gmx.com

t: 01360 661379

m: 07946221848

Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, Blanefield

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

ARDOCH HOUSE

Boutique hotel with camping pitches

01360 771740

ANCHORAGE GUEST HOUSE

01389 753336

ALBA BED & BREAKFAST

01389 758755