Loch Lomond Walks (with coffee shops!)

Some of our favourite Loch Lomond walks

Here at Loch Lomond Waterfront, we welcome and admire Munro-baggers. Those hardy athleticos who try to scale all of Scotland’s peaks of 3000 feet or more. And that includes our own lofty height of Ben Lomond which is the southern-most Munro. But just in case your style is more a brisk stroll with your dog, taking in a few coffee shops on the way, here is a list of great Loch Lomond walks we have tried over the years.

And just next door, at the foot of Conich Hill we have the delightful restaurant, The Oak Tree Inn, and the amazing St Mocha Cafe for your enjoyment. Pop along for a sumptuous breakfast, brunch or lunch after a relaxing night in one of our walkers’ Sherpherd Huts. That’s if your not enjoying a luxury holiday on the banks of Loch Lomond in one of our giant lodges or beautiful chalets.

Duncryne Hill and House of Darrach

Duncryne Hill, known locally as The Dumpling, is only 430 feet high but affords stunning views over the loch. We think it is the best value view there is (ie. most view for least effort). Near the base is House of Darrach in Gartocharn, probably the classiest coffee shop and gift shop in the locality. 

View from the top of Duncryne Hill, looking over Gartocharn village to Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond, and the hills above Arrochar and Luss

Doon Hill and Aberfoyle Coffee Shops

Walk along the old railway track from Gartmore and stop at any of six or so coffee shops in the small town of Aberfoyle. Then turn towards Doon Hill to see the site where the local minister is reputed to have vanished into the Faerie Kingdom. Come down and take any of the numerous forest paths along the River Forth as it winds through The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. 

Autumn in the Queen Elizabeth Forest in the Trossachs National Park, near Aberfoyle

Conic Hill and Balmaha Coffee Shop

Best to climb Conic Hill first, because the coffee shop is only a quarter mile from your lodge and it would be cheating to take a break too early in your walk. You can go all the way to the top or turn back towards the loch at the view point half way up. This path will take you to the loch side, through the oak woodlands and over Craigie Fort (a prehistoric petrified fort). Then return home via Balmaha for that coffee and cake.

View from Conic hill on the banks of Loch Lomond above Balmaha

Flanders Moss and Buchlyvie Coffee Shops

Park at Buchlyvie by the church and walk towards the line of the old Forth and Clyde railway. The Flanders Moss walk is on the level and the railway has been made into a walking route. You will come back to the village a different way and then return to the car via the Buchlyvie Pottery Coffee Shop or Flanders Rest Café, where they serve the best bacon rolls to be had anywhere I know (apart from The Woodhouse, but that’s another story).

View towards Ben Lomond from Flanders Moss Nature Reserve

More Loch Lomond Walks

If you’re looking for luxury accommodation on the east side of Loch Lomond, check out our 5-star lodges and chalets. And when it comes to places to walk near Loch Lomond, we have plenty of ideas and have put together some suggestions in our walking section here. If you need any advice during your stay, please just ask.

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