Walk: Balmaha Millenium Forest Path - 1 mile to celebrate 2,000 years

Stirling | Balmaha | Short walk | ★★★★

[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, which we wholeheartedly recommend for food.

[South across Balmaha's wee bay. Spring has sprung!]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Balmaha Millenium Forest Path - 1 mile to celebrate 2,000 years ★★★★
Start / finish at National Park Visitor Centre, B837 in Balmaha village centre, G.R.: NS 421909 ///geology.clicker.apes
🚌 Bus to Balmaha | 🚗 Car park

▶ 2 km / 1 mi | ▲ 60 m | ⌚ Short
Features: Craigie Fort; Loch Lomond ★★★★
Easy | Wide, gravel or dirt paths with short, steep ascent / descent near Craigie Fort. Very short rocky section on return by the lochside.

Route: Start - Craigie Fort - head north to path along Loch Lomond which rejoins outward route. Route leaflet here.

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On our visit

Wildlife: Several woodland birds with coal tits stealing the show. The usual mallards and swans by the loch.
Weather: Sunshine and shades, no wind. Jumpers not required!

[Luss Hills and the Arrochar Alps across the loch, while the path hugs the shoreline]


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