11th January 2017

Highlights of the Drymen to Balmaha Leg of the West Highland Way

The West Highland Way experience from Drymen through to Balmaha will give you an insight into the charm of the Scottish countryside.

Garadhban Forest

Beginning in Drymen, the walk quickly reaches Garadhban Forest, a conifer plantation which is undergoing harvesting. This forest is also part of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. A long stretch of woodland walking in an area enclosed by trees. After this 6km stint you can either continue over Conic Hill or choose a bypass route.

West Highland Way

View of Loch Lomond from the West Highland Way in Balmaha.

Milton of Buchanan

If you choose to bypass Conic Hill, the West Highland Way follows a path downhill. Joining the road at Milton of Buchanan and re-joining the main way at the car park in Balmaha.

Conic Hill

Conic Hill is a well-known highlight of the West Highland Way. The hill is made up of a form of conglomerate rocks and rounded stones which are cemented together by sandstone. Climbing the hill is a very worthwhile part of the Drymen to Balmaha leg. The route does not in fact reach the top but a ledge just below. In order to reach this, you will cross over the Burn of Mar, a place of extreme natural beauty!

To climb to the top of the hill taking a steep path on the left.  From the summit, you can experience views of the south west and the line of islands which follow the Highland Boundary Fault.  Views out to Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran are possible on a clear day.

West Highland Way

View from West Highland Way out to Loch Lomond – on Conic Hill.


Reaching Balmaha, there are many places here for you to visit and prepare for the next leg! Despite being quite small, you can enjoy a meal at The Oak Tree Inn, gain more information at the Visitor Centre at the Balmaha Car Park all while being surrounded by incredible views out to Loch Lomond.

If you would like to more information about the West Highland Way or any other walks, do not hesitate to contact us.