Conic Hill is our local hill for training and fun, has the most awesome views over Loch Lomond and on a clear day, it’s even possible to see Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran.
Conic Hill (from Gaelic “coinneach” meaning moss) is 361m (1,184ft) high and sits on the east bank of Loch Lomond beside the village of Balmaha.
Our starting point for this recce was the main car park in Balmaha. The route follows the main route up the hill and takes the 1st cut off up to the summit which is a mild scramble but allows a little run across the peaks to the summit and a loop back down.
On the way down instead of following the main route down, keep right when the path forks. We have been up Conic Hill many times but this was the 1st time we have taken this way down…….and what a surprise, a most amazing undulating grassy run down the fault line that runs all the way through the loch. The trail eventually hits a final little technical downhill before hitting the road where you can cross over and re-join the west highland way loop back to the car park.
We took the easy path around the edge of the loch but there is the option of more elevation to finish the circuit if you follow the west highland way path up and over back to Balmaha……maybe next time ;o)