Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Guided Walking

Loch Lomond seen from the hills above the scenic village of Balmaha.
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 5
from £999pp

All sparkling lochs, spectacular Munros, and ancient oak woodland, Scotland’s oldest national park is a showcase of highland scenery at its breathtaking best. Explore Loch Lomond and The Trossachs on a five-night adventure that includes walks along the West Highland Way, a boat trip to the island of Inchcailloch, and a chance to bag Ben Lomond – Scotland's most southerly Munro. What’s more, the park’s National Nature Reserve status means you’re in with a chance of spotting red squirrels, osprey, Scottish red deer, and rare ptarmigan along the way.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands
  • The choice of two walks a day - one easier, one harder
  • Ascending famous summits and bagging Munros (mountains over 3,000ft)
  • A boat trip to Inchcailloch
  • Walking some of the best parts of the West Highland Way
  • Staying in the comfort of our carefully selected partner hotels

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s) 
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning 
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee  
  • Guided walks with an experienced HF Holidays Leader 
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary 

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You're welcome to check in at the hotel from 3pm onwards. Your HF Holidays Leader will be in reception at 6:30pm to meet the group and give a quick introduction before dinner. 


Option 1 - Conic Hill and Inchcailloch island

Distance: 6 miles (10km) 

Ascent: 1,650ft (500m) 

We’ll wander through nature-rich woodland and open moorland to reach the West Highland Way this morning. And along the way you’ll get to gaze out over Loch Lomond from one of its finest viewpoints atop Conic Hill.  

As we descend to Balmaha we’ll have time to visit the national park’s visitor centre before stepping off land and on to a boat to Inchcailloch island, the ‘isle of the old woman’ in Scottish Gaelic. 

Option 2 - Drymen to Balmaha via Conic Hill

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,750ft (540m) 

We’ll set off from the hotel and join the West Highland Way, walking through woodland and over moorland before climbing Conic Hill. The views from the top, reaching out over Loch Lomond and its islands will stop you in your tracks.  

Then following a descent to Balmaha we’ll join the option one group on a boat trip to the wooded island of Inchcailloch.   


Option 1 - West Highland Way

Distance: 9 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 1,750ft (540m) 

You’ll walk from Rowardennan along the West Highland Way in amongst ancient native woodlands, which are designated a Special Area of Conservation.  If you’re here in spring, you’ll meander past abundant wildflowers with clear views over Loch Lomond for most of the day.  In summer, we might just spot ospreys fishing.   

Our route will take us to a bothy in Rowchoish before we return at a slightly higher level, eventually retracing our steps. 

Option 2 - Ben Lomond from Rowardennan

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km) 

Ascent: 3,150ft (960m) 

If you have not yet bagged your first Munro (Scottish hills over 3,000ft/914m), Ben Lomond is one of the best to start with.   

We’ll ascend the relatively steep Ptarmigan ridge path, keeping an ear open for the cackle of red grouse en route. From the summit, we’ll have an unbeatable vantage point taking in not only Loch Lomond and its islands, but also the Clyde estuary, Arran, and other islands and hills to the north. 

Descending on a well-made path we’ll enjoy far reaching views before making our way through restored native woodlands and back to Rowardennan.  


Option 1 - Brig o’Turk to Callander

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km) 

Ascent: 700ft (220m) 

Starting from the hamlet of Brig o’Turk in the heart of The Trossachs, we’ll trace the peaceful shoreline of Loch Venachar while watching the outline of Ben Ledi on the horizon, often regarded as the southernmost outpost of the Highlands.   

We’ll skirt past Invertrossachs Country House, continuing along the shoreline, through the forest, then down into the bustling town of Callander, once one of the northernmost outposts of the Roman Empire.  

Option 2 - Ben Venue

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km) 

Ascent: 2,550ft (780m) 

One of the most celebrated views of the Scottish Highlands is on the cards today. From the shores of Loch Ard you’ll climb up to the ridge of Ben Venue via Ledard Burn and then onwards to its summit.  

In the right conditions you’ll gaze out over the Highlands arrayed to the north and the lowlands falling away to the south. Then we’ll descend into the forested Gleann Riabhach, emerging at the east end of beautiful Loch Katrine. 


Option 1 - Three Lochs Way

Distance: 9 miles (14km) 

Ascent: 2,200ft (660m) 

Spanning 35 miles in total, the Three Lochs Way links three lochs – Loch Lomond, Gare Loch, and Loch Long. You’ll tackle the northern section, one of the most scenic. 

From Loch Sloy hydro-electric power station, built at the end of WWII, we’ll journey south through Glen Loin, emerging at the head of Loch Long. From here we’ll have the chance to ascend Cruach Tairbeirt (415m), gaining fantastic views across Loch Lomond to Ben Lomond and beyond. We’ll finish our day in Tarbet, a small village situated on the shores of Loch Lomond.

Option 2 - The Cobbler and Beinn Narnain

Distance: 10 miles (15.5km) 

Ascent: 3,950ft (1,220m) 

If you’re up for a challenge, then you’ll conquer two of the best peaks of the famed Arrochar Alps. We’ll avoid rock climbing, but we’ll take paths that are steep and rough at times. 

From Succoth at the head of Loch Long, we’ll take a strenuous route up into the corrie that sits below the craggy rock pinnacles of The Cobbler (also known as Ben Arthur). Then it’s a steep climb up to the summit ridge where we’ll visit the North Top (note that The Centre Top, a rock pinnacle, is for rock climbers only). 

We’ll head down to the col then back up to the summit of Beinn Narnain, our second Munro of the holiday. On a clear day you’ll be able to watch the sea lochs extending south into the sun and the Highlands all around. From here we’ll retrace our steps briefly, descending by Coire a’ Bhalachain to finish back at the starting point of the walk. 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Itinerary map for Loch Lomond

Buchanan Arms Hotel

Situated in the popular tourist village of Drymen, the Buchanan Arms Hotel dates to the mid 1700's. Formerly an inn, it has been lovingly restored to its modern-day form. The hotel boasts a leisure club with swimming pool and gym which are free for guests to use.  All rooms include hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, Wi-Fi, and telephone. This hotel is dog-friendly so you may meet four legged friends in some of the communal areas.

Loch Lomond seen from the hills above the scenic village of Balmaha.

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Essential information

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

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Non-member fee: £30 per person.


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