Walk: Balmaha Millenium Forest Path - 1 mile to celebrate 2,000 years
|[Little remains of the iron-age Craigie Fort... but this leaves more room to enjoy the views]|
"Small but perfectly formed" is the phrase which springs to mind when describing this little loop from Balmaha. "Tourist trap" would be another, less favourable description, but with good reason: this is one of the prettiest spots on Loch Lomond. A lot of variety is packed into a single mile, including shady forest, a little summit viewpoint and an interesting path right on the water's edge. Keep an eye out for red squirrels and several bird species including common crossbill and the tiny goldcrest. Near the finish is the Oak Tree Inn (where the burgers in particular can be wholeheartedly recommended).
|[South across Balmaha's wee bay. Spring has sprung!]|
Name: Walk: Balmaha Millenium Forest Path - 1 mile to celebrate 2,000 years ★★★★☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 60 metres
Points of interest: Craigie Fort; Loch Lomond
Start / finish: Car park at National Park Visitor Centre, Balmaha, G.R.: NS 421909 ///geology.clicker.apes
Route: Car park - Craigie Fort - head north to loch edge path which rejoins outward route (route leaflet here)
Terrain: Wide, gravel or dirt paths with short, steep ascent / descent near Craigie Fort. Very short rocky section on return by the lochside.
Wildlife today: Several woodland birds with coal tits stealing the show. The usual mallards and swans by the loch.
Weather today: Sunshine and shades, no wind. Jumpers not required!
|[Luss Hills and the Arrochar Alps across the loch, while the path (right) hugs the shoreline]|
Route credit: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park