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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  • This is a must do walk hill climb if visiting Loch Lomond. Only takes 45 mins to the top if you are very fit. Starting from the visitor centre car park (free) Fantastic views of the Loch and surroundi...  more »
  • This was advertised as a 3 hour walk, which it was exactly for my boyfriend and I who are faaaaiiirly fit.... The hike up was steep in places and was done within an hour. The last but was very steep a...  more »
  • This 10,5k walk uphill (marked roundwalk from the visitor center) will reward you with great views. Walk takes about three hours.  more »
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  • Amazing expierence. I recommend to start the Hike from Drymen along the West Highland Way and up the hill.
  • place with amazing viewsand walk path
  • Park at the balmaha car park below. Follow the path up from the car park (left at the fork). It's an easy walk up with steps along the bottom half. Stunning view of loch Lomond from the first plateau (although almost always muddy). Spectacular view for sunset. Fairly rocky to get to the summit, but is a further half hour-ish from the first plateau. The summit is like a camel back. Great views, and can even see Ben Lomond summit on a clear day.
  • Great wee hill for a short walk. Steep but perfect for a late start on a nice day.
  • Beautiful views
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