Distance: 8 miles (from Balmaha to Rowardennan)
Balmaha is situated on one of the most popular and famous stretches of the west Highland Way. The stretch from Balmaha to Rowardennan (usually walked on day two or three if walking the full West Highland way from Glasgow to Fort William) meanders along the shore of Loch Lomond with glorious views in every direction.
Leave the waterfront lodges and turn left to head in to the village. follow the path all the way until you reach the Oak Tree Inn and then cross over on to the other side. Continue walking through the village keeping the Loch on your left and follow the path, past Passfoot B&B, until you reach the large pier at the end of the road. From here, turn right and walk along the footpath which takes you over the rocks and along the banks of the loch. You’re now on the path to Rowardennan.
Manse Bay, Millarrochy and Sallochy Bay
On route you’ll cross a number of beaches including Manse Bay, Millarrochy Bay and Sallochy Bay. The route to Millarrochy is a great family friendly walk and easy enough for families of all ages whilst Sallochy Bay has some great walks that take you off in to the forest to see ancient abandoned settlements. Once you reach Sallochy Bay you’re just over half way. It’s a great spot to stop and have a picnic or a BBQ in the summer months.
Head for Ben Lomond
Continue up the loch for another three miles keeping Ben Lomond in your sights. You’ll soon reach Rowardennan where you can explore Ben Lomond Memorial Park and take some stunning panoramic pictures. For the thirsty or hungry, walk the short distance back down the road and stop at the Rowardennan Hotel for a drink and a bite to eat before retracing your steps back to Balmaha.
Return for a dip in your own private hot tub
Once you return to the Waterfront Lodges, reward yourself with a dip in the Hot Tub and a cold beer. The local village shop in Balmaha, adjacent to the Oak Tree, sells a nice selection of local ales that are sure to quench the thirst.