Conic Hill, Balmaha

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Conic Hill is a hill in Stirling, Scotland. It 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. From 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 to the south west. In addition, the rounded outline of Ailsa Craig in the Clyde Estuary is sometimes visible.It 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 starting from the visitor centre car park (free) Fantastic views of the Loch and surrounding areas. Steep in ...  more »
  • and good first climb on west highland way only about 300 metre high so only a short climb (but where not much taller near it) the views I got were little misty but good views of lock Lomond. warning h...  more »
  • A great walk up Conic Hill. This was our children (ages 9 and 6) first uphill trek and they not only managed but thoroughly enjoyed it. It took 70 minutes to climb (although we opted out of the absolu...  more »

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