Walk to ‘The Whangie’
If you are looking for walks near Loch Lomond then this is a must. Not only is the climb dramatic with its stunning views there is an exciting story behind it which involves the devil!
Only 25 minutes from Loch Lomond Waterfront, situated off the A809 this walk starts from a car park called Queensview. To point out, ‘The Whangie’ is the name given to the peculiar rock formation nestled in the Kilpatrick Hills. Of course, being high up you have stunning views across the surrounding area. Loch Lomond, Conic Hill and the Campsie Fell Hills are to name just a few sights to behold. As well as being a popular place with walkers, rock climbers come here too, to enjoy scrambling their way up the jagged rock face.
About the walk
Starting at Queensview car park, you head over the stone dyke wall and follow the path up the hillside. Important to note, the path starts off well but can be muddier further along, depending on the weather. So wear sensible walking shoes! About an hour and a half along (depending on your pace) you will reach The Whangie itself. Here you can wander along the corridor of split rock and think about the story behind it. Thus making it one of the best walks near Loch Lomond! And children love this walk! So, be sure to tell them the story at the beginning so that their young curiosity pushes them to the top without complaining!
Legend has it
So you will want to know the story behind this is then. Legend has it that one day the devil had gotten really angry. Jenny’s Lum is said to be a local witch who lives in Jenny’s Lum in the Campsie Fells. And on a windy, rainy day, you can see this lum (Scottish for Chimney) smoking away. Interestingly, this is actually a waterfall that sprays on wet and windy days giving it this appearance – but don’t tell the kids! One day, Jenny had organised a party and did not invite the devil. Of course, he was absolutely furious. And in his rage he stormed the sky of the surrounding area, thrashing his tail. As he flew over the Kilpatrick hills, his tail smashed down in utter fury, slicing the rocks in two. So, The Whangie was born!
Why the name?
So you may be wondering about the name? The Whangie is pronounced the ‘whang – ee’. Of course, it is a Scottish name which you may already have figured out. Distinctive sounds roll off your tongue as you pronounce it. Well, in old Scots it means slice. So, for example, a ‘whang o cheese’. Hence, the ‘whang’ between the rocks!
A great family day out
If you are on a day out or on holiday and looking for hill walks near Loch Lomond this is a must. And if you are staying with us here at Loch Lomond Waterfront it is close by. So get your walking shoes on and head for a fun day out of fresh air and exercise. It will be an everlasting memory! Furthermore, if you are looking for accommodation, check out our chalets and lodges. Call us on 01360 870 144 or contact us here for more information.Book Accommodation
Subscribe to our newsletter
The perfect place to get married'Our guests are still raving about the day – they were so happy with the setting, service and food, so thank you again. We will certainly be recommending you to everyone we come across as the perfect place to get married. '
Thank you doesn't seem enough'The food, service, timing of the day – everything was wonderful and exactly as planned! From the day we first visited the venue we knew it was the perfect place for our reception and we definitely did not make the wrong choice. Thank you just does not seem enough!'
We'll definitely be back again'I just wanted to thank you for such a lovely stay. The lodge was beautiful and the facilities and views amazing. We will definitely be back again.'
The Lodges are amazing'I would like to say that we all had an amazing time staying your lodges at the weekend. The Lodges are amazing. Beautifully presented and everything you need within. Stunning location. Muy birthday/retirement celebrations were made all the more special at this wonderful location with my friends around me.'
Such a beautiful setting'Myself and my partner recently stayed in Drummond Lodge (from 21-24 Feb) and we just wanted to say thank you so much for a lovely stay. We loved our lodge, it was like a home from home, and we really didn’t want to leave! It was spotlessly clean and in such a beautiful setting. All the staff we met were really friendly. We also loved Balmaha, what a wonderful village. So thank you very much! We are the couple that took Flynn for a walk and we took this photo of him... we thought you’d appreciate a copy. Thanks once again...