My husband and I climbed Conic Hill again on a recent trip to Balmaha and throughly enjoyed this 1.25 mile ascent. We park at the Balmaha Car Park and pick up the path at the rear of the car park and immediately turn right. You then continue along the path until you see the thistle symbol on the markers and turn left and enter the forest. There is a reasonably steep ascent through the forest up some wooden stairs to a clearing which is gated. You then continue through the gate, and the scenery opens up. The path is obvious and has recently been upgraded and you climb up a series of stairs between 2 hills. The scenery is quickly impressive with views of Loch Lomond. You continue up the path, to reach the ridge line of conic hill, before then reaching a false summit. There is then a further ascent to the true summit. You can join the west highland way and extend the walk, however we usually come back down the way we go up. Although the path has been upgraded, as with all Scottish walks, the weather can change quickly and it can be windy, wet and foggy at the top. We recommend approproate walking shoes, jackets and depending on the time of year hats and scarves. An excellent walk with amazing view of Loch Lomond- we would highky recommend. There is a visitor centre in the car park with bathrooms and maps if required.
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