The breathtaking views and ancient forests at Loch Lomond have inspired myth and legend for generations, and have made this a must visit hiking and walking destination for locals and tourists alike.
We know Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park well, and there’s walks and hikes to suit all ages and difficulty levels here. As we believe the best way to see this beautiful part of Scotland is to slip on your walking boots, we felt compelled to share what we believe are the ten best walks in Loch Lomond. (Recommended: Camping in Loch Lomond)
To make things easy, we’ve split our favourite Loch Lomond walks into short, mid, and long range trails, and detail them below! Each one has something that makes it special – be that spectacular views, waterfalls, or walks that have inspired Scottish mythology.
Walking in Loch Lomond: Short range walks
Balmaha to Millarochy Bay
This trail around Loch Lomond’s eastern shore is an easy walk that takes around 30 minutes, but has some of the best views you can get from the shoreline.
The trail follows part of the famous West Highland Way walk and will take you to bridges, beaches and into forest before arriving at the pretty Millarochy Bay. It’s a wonderful collection of landscapes packed into such a short period of time.
To start the walk you can park at Oaktree Inn. You can see more about this fun and easy walk here.
This lovely little riverside and meadow walk in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is just over a mile in length and should only take 30 minutes, but has many opportunities to spot wildlife and wildflowers in bloom.
The ducks that live on the river are friendly and often on the lookout for food, and you can also see salmon that congregate in the slower moving parts of the river. The walk starts from North Ancaster Square in Callander – you can see a map of it here.
Ardgarten and Loch Long Circular Walk
This 2.5 mile long walk shouldn’t take more than an hour, but is a peaceful stroll through woodland, lochside, and forest, and is a trail that suits all abilities and ages.
The path follows the shore of Loch Long which has pretty views and is a great wild swimming spot in summer. You can park at the Ardgartan Visitor Centre – find a map of the trail here.
Falls Of Falloch
The River Falloch runs into the north of Loch Lomond, and just a few miles from where the river joins the loch is the beautiful Falls Of Falloch. This ten meter waterfall has a natural swimming pool so make sure you bring your swimming shorts!
From the small car park it takes just 5-10 minutes to reach the waterfall, but you can make the walk longer by starting it at the West Highland Way path at Beinglas Farm Campsite.
This waterfall is one of our favourite picnic spots in the Loch Lomond area. See the map here.
Walking in Loch Lomond: Mid-range walks
This hill rises to 361 meters and can be a little steep in places, but should only take about an hour to climb. The reward? A breathtaking panorama of Loch Lomond and its islands that is regarded as the best view you can get anywhere of this iconic loch.
Those views are so spectacular because Conic Hill lies on the Highland Boundary Fault – the same geographical ridge that the islands of Loch Lomond sit on.
The walk starts at the Conic Hill Car Park, and by a third of the way up you will start to see those stunning views down towards the loch. Find the map of this hike here.
Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe
This easy 4 mile circular walk will take around 1.5-2 hours to complete as you go from Aberfoyle into the mystical forest around Doon Hill – a place full of legends.
Stories claim that fairy folk have lived here for hundreds of years, and not always peacefully. In a clearing is a pine tree that stands alone – legend has it that the tree is a doorway to a Fairy Queen’s palace, and is also where the trapped soul of a 17th century Reverend lies. He’s said to be trapped there because he revealed where the fairies were living several centuries ago!
If you follow the path you will find another tree in the forest that has rags tied onto it. These are called ‘clouts’, and people hang them here in a superstitious belief that when the rag rots and disappears, so will an illness that is plaguing a loved one.
This walk, which encompasses forest, river and hillside, is one of our favourites because of the stories surrounding it, which makes it perfect for families and children. You can see directions for the walk here.
Rowardennan to Inverarnan
This path, which is part of the famous West Highland Way, follows a remote section of Loch Lomond’s shoreline. It’s a moderately difficult walk in places and takes around 2-3 hours to compete, but it feels rural, remote, and the views of the Arrochar Alps as the trail rises above Loch Lomond are magnificent.
There’s the chance to see wild goats, Golden Eagles and Osprey while on this path too, so keep your eyes peeled! The path eventually takes you to the Drovers Inn in Inverarnan – a favourite amongst walkers for a well earned meal and pint!
This is easily one of our favourite Loch Lomond walks. You can see a map of the walk here.
This hike in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is just over 2 miles in length (up and down), but is quite steep from the beginning until you reach the 454 meter peak. That makes it a moderately difficult hike, but the stunning views you get as you rise above Loch Katrine and Loch Achray are well worth it.
It’s actually one of our favourite hikes in the region because it requires some effort to get to the top – and so it feels rewarding when you reach the peak – but up and down it shouldn’t take any longer than 2-3 hours so can be easily finished by lunchtime.
Make sure you have proper footwear and we advise starting early as the small Ben A’an Car Park at the start of the trail can get busy. You have to pay a few pounds to park using a Pay & Display machine, so remember to take a few coins.
Walking in Loch Lomond: Long range walks
Ben Lomond is one of Scotland’s most popular mountains to climb, and while it can take around 4-5 hours to hike up and down this 3200ft peak, you will be rewarded with spectacular views over Loch Lomond as well as north into the Highland mountain ranges.
This hike starts at Rowardennan Car Park, and thanks to an excellent path this walk is achievable for anyone with a decent level of fitness. The car park can get busy in summer, so we recommend reaching the start of the track by 8:30am. See a map and more details about this hike here.
Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ìme
These two mountains lie in a range named the Arrochar Alps, and the hike to the highest one – Beinn Ìme – is difficult. The reward however is spectacular views across Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and on a good day you can even see as far north as Ben Nevis – the UK’s highest mountain.
You will need good hiking boots and should expect some scrambling in places, but in total these two mountains can be done in 6-8 hours. The hike starts at Succoth Car Park in Arrochar – you can see full details here.