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Balmaha is a Village on the more remote east side of Loch Lomond, 4 miles west of Drymen, 21 miles north of Glasgow.

Balmaha is popular for the Visitor Centre, Conic Hill Hike, Woodland Walk, Lochside Walk that is part of the West Highland Way, Bar Diner, Boatyard for Boat Trips, and the Bay at Balmaha is popular with Paddle Boarders visiting the Islands, no hire though. Milarrrochy Bay is 2 miles north with a long Beach popular for Watersports, no hire though, and there is a Touring & Camping site at the north end of the Beach.

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Camping & Touring Parks in area

The image top is from the 1,184 ft, 361m Conic Hill looking down over Balmaha and Loch Lomond.

The second image is of the car park in Balmaha at the Visitor Centre that gives information on the area.

The Shops are across the road from the Visitor Centre, ideal for Snacks, Drinks and Ice Cream.

The Oak Tree Inn is next to the Shops, popular for Rooms, Drinks and Meals.

There are also a number of Lodges at Balmaha for Holidays, see the Self Catering link above.

The Tom Weir Rest is next to the Bar Diner. Tom Weir was a TV presenter from the 1970s covering walks throughout Scotland. His Statue at Balmaha was erected in 2014.

Next to the Gardens is the Boat Yard and Marina, where you can take a short Boat Trip to Inchcailleach Island that is a Nature Reserve.

There are also Boat Trips between Balmaha and Luss on the west side of Loch Lomond.

The Marina has a slip for Paddle Boards or other small craft with some Islands not far out to explore, or for fishing.

Boat Hire at Balmaha.

Milarrochy Bay is 2 miles north with a large car park, long Beach popular for Water Sports but you have to take your own craft. There is a Touring and Camping site at the Bay.

Balmaha History

5,000 BC - first hunters are in the area for animals and fish.

2,000 BC - first people begin farming around Loch Lomond.

500s - Irish warriors began settling in the area.

700s - a Church was built on Inchcailleach Island.

MacFarlane and MacGregor Clans became the most notable Clans in the area, with Rob Roy MacGregor becoming a famous outlaw in the 1700s. Gregor MacGregor was buried on Inchcailleach Island in the late 1600s.

1700s - Oak Trees were planted around Balmaha for Boat Building and the Bark used for Tanning Leather.

The Wood was also used to produce Acid for the Textile industry, with the left over from that process used to produce Gunpowder, only ending in 1923.

A 350 year old Tree at the Village is known as the Balmaha Oak, 31 feet around, used for Industry.

1980 - the West Highland Way opened, a 154 km / 96 mile walk between Glasgow and Fort William, passing through Balmaha.

2002 - The Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park was opened, first in Scotland, covering 720 square miles, with the Visitor Centre at Balmaha built around that time.

2010s - a number of Lodges were built at Balmaha for Self Catering holidays.

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