Balmaha Millennium Forest walking guide

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Balmaha lies directly on the Highland Boundary Fault which landmarks where the Scottish Highlands meet the lowlands. The Millennium Forest Trail is a great walk through woodlands, along the shores of Loch Lomond and up to the ancient Craig Fort.

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Getting started

When you leave the Waterfront, take a left and walk a short distance (about 100 metres) down the path. You will soon see a forestry track heading in to the woodlands on your right hand side. For dog walkers, this is an ideal place for dogs to be let off the lead. Follow the track for a short distance up a small hill until you reach a t-junction. Take the left turn and following the track towards the village of Balmaha. The track will wind back down through the forest and skirt the edge of the Balmaha car park.

Continue along the path which will take you deeper in to the forest towards Craigie Fort before it opens out back on to the road to Rowardennan at the other end of the village. Cross the road on to the walled path and turn right so that the loch is now on your left hand side. Continue along this path, keeping the loch to your left. Pass the B&B and continue until you see some steps and a track heading up the hill on your right hand side.

Craigie Fort

Take the path and follow it up the short, but steps walk to the top of Craig Fort. From the top you will get fantastic views of the islands that landmark the Boundary Fault Line and the thick woodland that covers much of the area. After taking a few photos and selfies, head back downCragie Fort via thepath on the other side of the peak. The path winds quickly down through the bracken until you reach the shoreline of Loch Lomond once again.

The home stretch

Turn left once you get to the bottom of Craigie Fort so that the loch is now on your right hand side. This path will take you all the way back to the Pier where the Loch Lomond Water Bus leaves from.  Once you get here, you should recognise your surroundings. You will have emerged just a few feet further along from where you took the path up Craigie Fort. Continue back along the walled path and in to the village of Balmaha. The Oak Tree is an idyllic place to stop for some refreshments and a bite to eat. If there isn’t one already, they are always happy to provide a bowl of water for the dogs, however, dogs are not allowed in to the pub itself – just in the beer garden. Once you are suitably refreshed continue back to the Waterfront which is about 500m further along the road.

 

 

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