Conic Hill, Balmaha

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Conic Hill is a prominent hill in Stirling, Scotland.Location and descriptionIt is on the east bank of Loch Lomond, beside the village of Balmaha. It is a sharp little summit which is on the Highland Boundary Fault. There is a tiny cairn at the top.ViewsFrom the top, it offers great views over Loch Lomond and towards Glasgow. On a clear day it is even possible to see Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran, which is about 50 miles (80 km) to the south west. In addition, the rounded outline of Ailsa Craig in the Clyde Estuary is sometimes visible.AscentIt is accessible for walking, and forms part of the West Highland Way. During the lambing season, dogs are not allowed in the two enclosed fields on the east approach to Conic Hill, even if they are on a lead. The season normally lasts for around three weeks at the end of April and early May. However, this does not affect access with a dog to Conic Hill from the Balmaha direction.The hill is accessible by public transport, with buses and ferries arriving in Balmaha. There is also a car park at the base, allowing those with own vehicles a place to park before climbing the hill.In August 2013, 8 members of Deafblind Scotland ascended the hill with help from rangers and guides.
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  • Good parking at visitor centre Balmaha. Free. The climb begins from carpark and the first part takes you through millenium woods with a gentle climb. You reach a swing gate, tricky if carrying a back ...  more »
  • We only had a short amount of time to explore the area around Loch Lomond and Conic Hill certainly fit the bill - it took us about an hour at a good pace to get the very top and the views in return we...  more »
  • A lovely jaunt if you just want some fresh air, a good climb and some stunning views without doing something as big as a Munro. Highly recommend it!  more »
  • Stunning views of the West Highland Boundary Fault running across Loch Lomond. The ascent from Balmaha is strenuous though not demanding and, if you descend back to Balmaha via the same path, there are plenty of good pubs in which to relax or get a bit to eat. Round trip is probably a couple of hours.
  • Stunning view of loch Lomond
  • Nice views on the lake and scottisch landscape...
  • I would like that they esparciesen my ashes somewhere as conic hill
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