Hiking The Famous West Highland Way

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park’s diverse landscapes

Walking through forests and along lake shores this relaxed walking holiday is a fabulous introduction to the Scottish Highlands.

Next Departure
31 May 2020
Duration
6 Days
Hiking
Easy/ Moderate Hiking
Price
£1085.00
£185.00 Deposit
Clear

Walking Holiday Loch Lomond National Park

Dates 2020:

  • 31. May 2020 (women only)
  • 16. August 2020
  • 06. September 2020 (women only)

 

Hiking among rugged mountain peaks and lakes

Meander through lush forests along the shores of Loch Lomond. Relax over a picnic and boast about hiking on Scotland’s most famous trail, the West Highland Way.

Waterfalls,
wild roaming goats and deer accompany you on your journey; refreshing streams and lovely beaches may entice you for a dip and, because water is so much part of the scenery, we include a boat ride or two, an island exploration and a sail on a Victorian steamboat.

Ideal for walking at an easy level, the National Park offers an excellent introduction to walking in the Scottish Highlands.

Sightseeing 

Most days en route to the starting points of your walks will give you a sense of the surrounding area without spending much of your time on a bus.

Your walking group – small is beautiful

Our groups are of a personable size of no more than 8 persons and accompanied throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable guide. 

Your walking day – taking it easy

Generally, a day includes 4 – 5 hours walking, a relaxing lunch break and delicious picnic and occasionally, we finish our walking day in one of the old Scottish pubs  on the way home.

Evening Meals

Across from your guesthouse in Balmaha you find the cosy Oak Tree Inn for delicious food, local ale and maybe you like to try a ‘wee dram’ of whisky, too!

Wildlife, History & Nature

Find out about wild goats with spectacular horns, how the Vikings carried their boats over mountains, stories of local clans and their warfare or the history behind the coppiced oak forests along the shores of Loch Lomond and the people who lived here not so long ago.

What’s Included

  • Tour Guide (female)
  • 6 Guided Walking Days
  • 5 Nights Bed & Breakfast
  • 6 x Picnic Lunch
  • 3 Boat Trips
  • Minibus Travel from Glasgow and throughout

Not included are:

  • Evening meals and refreshments
  • Single Room Supplement (please contact us if you wish a single room)
  • Travel to and from Glasgow
  • Personal Expenses

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – From Glasgow to the Foothills of Ben Lomond

We meet in Glasgow around midday.

Following our arrival at Balmaha around 1 pm and a brief stop with picnic lunch we explore the gentle hillside at the foot of the lake’s big mountain, Ben Lomond (974m) and the remains of an ancient settlement, Ardess, which reveals traces of a remarkably industrious and industrial past. Back towards Balmaha we join Scotland’s most famous long distance trail, the West Highland Way.

A super introduction to Highland landscapes and not too taxing for a first day’s hike.
(B/L) Dinner at the Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha
3 hrs walk, 5 km + 2 km, undulating, 60m alt

Day 2  – Waterfalls, Wild Goats and Kilts in Glen Falloch

This delightful and gentle walk along an old cattle drovers’ path takes us past the great Ben Glass waterfall to the rugged hills of Loch Lomond’s northern end. Wild goats are roaming these lovely forests of birch -, oak – and hazel trees and ruins of old settlements point to a lively history of the area. There are grand views, particularly when Loch Lomond appears like a discovery. Once at the shore of the loch we signal the ferryman who is to rescue us back to civilization. You benefit from a drive along the complete length of Loch Lomond’s western shore and you have the opportunity to enjoy a pint or a wee dram in one of Scotland’s oldest and most popular pubs, the Drovers’ Inn. Here the sight of a Highlander dressed in a kilt is guaranteed!
We turn in for our evening meal and maybe sample some traditional Haggis!
(B/L) Dinner at the Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha
Walking 4 hrs walk, 8 km, undulating

Day 3  – Primrose Hill in the Trossachs & Loch Katrin’s shores

We hike a superb trail high in the woods on the north side of this lake made famous by Walter Scott in his ballad ‚Lady of the Lake‘ enjoying beautiful views across the water as far as the Arrochar Alps beyond Loch Katrine.
(B/L) Dinner at the Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha
Drive 40 mins each way, 4 hrs walk, 11 km, 300m ascent

Day 4  – The Arrochar Alps – Craggy Peaks and Glaciated Valleys

Highland scenery at its best: we drive along the high road and the bonny banks of this largest of freshwater stretches in Britain enjoying wide views across to the grandiose heights of Ben Lomond, the most southerly of the ‘Munros’.

Straight from the sea rise the bizarre and domineering formations of the Arrochar Alps to the west of Loch Lomond. Unconquerable as they seem it is a delight on relatively good paths to hike amongst this mass of rock and experience a whole array of different landscapes with spectacular views across the wide estuary of the Clyde and wild mountains to the west.

In the afternoon, a visit to the picturesque small Highland town Inveraray introduces you to some Scottish history and Clan politics.

To offer you a true Scottish dining experience we stop at the famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar for dinner on the way back to Balmaha.
(B/L) Dinner at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow
4 – 5 hrs walk, 6 km, 350m

Day 5  – The Trossachs and Loch Katrine

The lush and dense Trossachs forests, dotted with picturesque lakes, were the home of Scotland’s famous Rob Roy who roamed the area to rob from the rich and provide for the poor. Loch Katrine, the biggest of the Trossachs lakes, is set amidst rugged hills and features as the romantic backdrop in Walter Scott’s 19th century legends and poems.

The day begins with a drive through this beautiful area to Loch Katrine where you board the 19th century steamship” Sir Walter Scott”. Following the 45 minutes sailing to the northern end of the lake is a brief journey to Loch Lomond. After lunch we spend the afternoon walking along the shore enjoying magnificent views across the water to the peaks of the southern Highland mountains.
(B/L) Dinner at the Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha
4 hrs walk, 8 km, undulating

Day 6  – West Highland Way & Inchcailloch Island

This is a wonderfully relaxing and varied hike. A gentle elevation with ever changing views over the hills and the wide, expansive landscapes changing from the Lowlands to the Highlands. The peak of Conic Hill marks a spectacular geological fault line and offers panoramic views as far as the coast, the Isle of Arran and the Highland mountains.

After picnic lunch we take a short boat ride from Balmaha across to the romantic island of Inchcailloch where we walk its magic woods and come across ancient history of local clans and hermit saints – and great views over the loch.
Walking 3 hrs walk, 6km, 361 m alt + 1 hr walk, 2km, 87m alt
(B/L) Departure and transfer to Glasgow Airport/ Train Station for 17.00 hrs

Local hospitality at its best

During your holiday you are based in the the tiny hamlet of Balmaha on the picturesque eastern shore of Loch Lomond.

Our chosen Bed & Breakfast house is Bay Cottage where Liz Bates looks after all her guests with the most warm hearted hospitality you can imagine.

You’ll be taking your evening meals in the excellent local Pub ‘The Oak Tree Inn’ for good quality local fair and Scottish specialities and possibly an ale or a wee dram of whisky to celebrate your day’s achievements!

Walking Details

Your walking group – small is beautiful

Our groups are of a personable size of no more than 8 persons and accompanied throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will do her/ his very best to make your time with us in Scotland as interesting, comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Level of fitness

This holiday is designed for people with a good general level of fitness and mobility. Generally, we hike on good trails but occasionally on some rough, rocky and uneven paths which may be slippery when wet. You should be sure footed, have good balance and be used to regularly walking on unpaved tracks.

Our itinerary lists distances and elevation for each day to help you judge the physical ability required. 

You may like to concider bringing  some walking poles and we advise you to check our recommended kit list for helpful information.

We also strongly advise that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance. 

If you are unsure about anything, please contact us. We are happy to help.
Scotland’s Southern Highlands