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Balmaha to Rowardennan


  • Distance / Time: 7 miles (11.2 km)  / 3 to 4 hours
  • Total Ascent: 373m
  • Total Descent: 378m
  • Max Height: 88m
  • Terrain: Good paths or tracks most of the way but can be twisty and undulating in places.  Most of the route runs between the road and the shore of Loch Lomond.  Short sections on minor roads.
  • Accommodation: Milarrochy, Sallochy, Rowardennan
  • Refreshments: Rowardennan
  • Toilets: Milarrochy
  • Places of Interest: Boat trips are available from Balmaha to Inchcailloch on Loch Lomond. Visitor Centre at Balmaha car park. Ben Lomond.


  • Leave the car park, cross the road and turn right along the paved footpath running between the road and Loch Lomond. Follow this to its end then on the minor road, taking care of traffic, around the bay, passing stone houses on each side of the road.  Approximately 60 yards (55m) past the houses look out for a narrow path off to the right.
  • Turn right and follow the path to the top of the hill, known as Craigie Fort. The path then descends to enter a semi-natural oak woodland and follows the shore around Arrochymore Point to rejoin the road at Milarrochy Bay, a popular picnic and boat launching spot.
  • For the next 3 miles (5km), the Way parallels the road, crossing and re-crossing it several times to a car park by Glasgow University Field Centre at Ross. Beyond the car park, the Way continues along the shore between the field centre and the boathouse, up a steep stony path into Ross Wood.
  • From the top of the hill, the path descends gradually to meet the shore at a shingle beach. If the water level is low, the remains of a crannog (a stone age dwelling platform built of rocks and timber) can be seen just off shore.
  • The path continues, crossing a couple of burns and climbing over a small knoll, to emerge at a small car park above an inlet.
  • After skirting the inlet, the Way continues along the shoreline to meet the road just south of Rowardennan.
  • Rowardennan is also the start point for the ascent of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most climbed mountain. At 974 metres (3195 feet), it is the most southerly Munro (a name given to mountains over 3000 feet, approximately 914m).