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.


Walking route closed due to forestry operations

The walking route in section 2 is closed until October 2019 for felling at Merkins Forest. Please use the alternative cycling route.

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Key things to note about this route section.

18.5 miles, 29.6 km
Average time to complete:
6 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.

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Loch Lomond Shores Retail and Leisure Centre

Retail and leisure centre by Loch Lomond.

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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.

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Glengoyne Distillery

See how the whisky is made and sample it on site.

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Dumgoyne Hill

Iconic hill above the distillery, affording an excellent viewpoint of nearby mountains and lochs.

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Balloch Castle Country Park

Discover scenic walks, a fairy trail, the castle and fantastic views over Loch Lomond.

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  • West Highland Wheels - Bike Hire

    Providing mobile bike hire services in Milngavie, Drymen, Balloch, Strathblane & Kilsyth, including one-way hire. 07031985411

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  • Village Café Blanefield

    01360 771623

  • Killearn's Selection Of Restaurants, Cafes And Take-Away Foods.

    A choice of places to eat.

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  • Edenmill Farm Shop, Cafe And Soft Play

    Tel: 01360 771707

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  • Balloch's Selection Of Restaurants, Cafes And Take-Away Food.

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  • Woodvale B&B

    01389 755771

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  • West Highland Way Campsite

    Campsite in the grounds of Ardoch House

    01360 771740 / 07488 261730

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  • Tullycross Cottage Apartment

    07977 934283

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  • The Waterhouse Inn

    01389 752125

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  • The Old School House

    01389 830373

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  • The Attic Bunkhouse

    Bunkhouse with private rooms above Edenmill Farm Shop & Cafe

    01360 771707

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  • Station Cottages

    01389 750759/07050 354793

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  • Palombos of Balloch

    01389 753501

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  • Lomond Villa B&B

    01389 759 631/ 07789 886616

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  • Loch Lomond Accommodation

    4 self-contained units including a treehouse

    07791 976910

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  • Lagganbeg Holiday Park

    A bit out of the way but tents are welcome.

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  • Kirkhouse Inn, Strathblane

    01360 771771

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  • Kip In The Kirk

    07734 394315

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  • Killearn's Hotel And B&B Accommodation

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  • Innkeeperss Lodge Loch Lomond

    01389 752579

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  • Gowanlea Guest House

    01389 752456

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  • Drymen Rooms

    01360 660989

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  • Croftburn B&B

    01360 660796

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  • Cairndhu B&B

    t: 01360 661379
    m: 07946221848

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  • Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, Blanefield

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

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  • Ardoch House

    Boutique hotel with camping pitches

    01360 771740

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  • Anchorage Guest House

    01389 753336

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  • Alba Bed & Breakfast

    01389 758755

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