Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

Loch Lomond seen from the hills above the scenic village of Balmaha.
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 2, 5 & 6
from £879pp

Join us and discover Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, Scotland’s oldest National Park. With sparkling lochs, spectacular mountains, and extensive woodland you’ll never be short of breath-taking views. All your accommodation, transport and meals are taken care of, so lace up your boots and discover the best that Loch Lomond & The Trossachs has to offer.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the beauty of Loch Lomond
  • Climb famous summits and bag 'Munros' (mountains over 3,000ft)
  • Enjoy a boat trip to Inchcailloch “Isle of the old woman”, on Loch Lomond
  • Walk some of the best bits of the West Highland Way

What’s included

  • Full board en-suite accommodation
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Choice of two guided walks each walking day
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in at the Winnock Hotel from 3pm onwards. Your HF walk leaders will be on hand from 6:30pm, when we’ll gather to give you a warm welcome and explain the plan of action before dinner.

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Winnock Hotel, Drymen

The Winnock Hotel dates back to the late 1700's and throughout history has always offered lodging to travellers passing through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs areas. Formerly a coaching inn, it has been lovingly restored to its modern day form. All rooms include hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, WiFi and telephone.

Both walks enjoy views from Conic hill today, justifiably famous for its views over Loch Lomond. 

Option 1 – Conic Hill and Inchcailloch island

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Ascent: 1500 feet (450m)

In Summary: Nature rich woodland and open moorland lead us to the West Highland Way and stunning views from Conic Hill.  As we descend to Balmaha we’ll have time to visit the National Park Visitor centre before taking a boat trip to Inchcailloch Island.

Highlight: Exploring the islet of Inchcailloch. The name Inchcailloch means “isle of the old woman” in Scottish Gaelic and is thought to be named after Saint Kentigerna.

Option 2 – Drymen to Balmaha via Conic Hill

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1600 feet (500m)

In Summary:  Walking from the hotel we join the West Highland Way to walk though woodland and over moorland before climbing Conic Hill. Following a descent to Balmaha we’ll join the Option 1 group on a boat trip to the wonderful wooded island of Inchcailloch.  

Highlight: The amazing view of Loch Lomond and its islands from Conic Hill, one of the sections of the West Highland Way with real “wow” factor.

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

We travel to Rowardennan on Loch Lomondside from which two very different walks are on offer.  One will explore the section of the West Highland Way northward along the “bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond”.  The other will take us to the summit of Ben Lomond. 

Option 1 – West Highland Way

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (450 m)

In Summary:  Walking from Rowardennan along the West Highland Way, much of today’s route is through ancient native woodlands which are designated as a Special Area of Conservation.  Wildflowers abound in the spring with good views over Loch Lomond for most of the day.  In summer we may see Ospreys fishing.  Our route will take us to Rowchoish where there is a bothy, before we return at a slightly higher level, eventually retracing our steps.

Highlight: A beautiful woodland walk with great views across Loch Lomond.

Option 2 – Ben Lomond from Rowardennan

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 3,150 feet (950m)

In Summary:  If you have not yet bagged your first Munro (Scottish Hills over 3000ft/914m), Ben Lomond is one of the best to start with.  The classic route follows a well-made path up from Rowardennan, ascending through restored native woodlands before reaching the open hill with ever widening views.  Views from the summit can be fantastic and include not only Loch Lomond and its islands but also take in the Clyde estuary, Arran and other islands and hills to the north.  We descend to Rowardennan by the relatively steep and quieter Ptarmigan ridge. 

Highlight: Listen out for the cackle of the red grouse.

Loch Lomond from the Slopes of Ben Lomond

Today’s walks focus on the Trossachs, a complex and beautiful area of wooded glens, lochs and rough mountains.

Option 1 – Brig o’Turk to Callander

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Ascent: 700 feet (200m)

In Summary:  Starting from the hamlet of Brig o’Turk in the heart of The Trossachs, the walk follows the shore of Loch Venachar with outstanding views of Ben Ledi, often regarded as the southernmost outpost of the Highlands.  Passing Invertrossachs House, the walk ascends gently through the forest before descending to the town of Callander, once one of the northernmost outposts of the Roman Empire.

Highlight: The contrast between the peaceful woods around Loch Venachar and the bustling wee town of Callander.

Option 2 – Ben Venue

Distance: 8 miles (12½ km)

Ascent: 2,550 feet (780m)

In Summary:  Starting from the shores of Loch Ard, the walk ascends via the Ledard Burn to the ridge of Ben Venue and then to its summit. In the right conditions the views from here are outstanding, with all the mountains of the Highlands arrayed to the north and the lowlands falling away to the south. The walk then descends into the forested Gleann Riabhach, emerging at the east end of the beautiful Loch Katrine.

Highlight: The view from Ben Venue is one of the most celebrated in the Scottish Highlands.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park from Craigiefort, Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK.

The Arrochar Alps are a spectacular group of craggy hills, and the harder walk ascends two of them; the easier walk explores some of the glens and enjoys great views of the hills.

Option 1 – Three Lochs Way

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary:  The Three Lochs Way is a long distance (35 mile) footpath; this walk takes in the northern section which is one of the most scenic. The walk starts at the Loch Sloy hydro-electric power station, one of the most powerful in the UK, built at the end of WW2 with help from German PoWs. The walk then goes south through Glen Loin, emerging at the head of the sea loch of Loch Long, with lovely views of the hills of the Arrochar Alps high above. We finish at Tarbet on the shores of Loch Lomond, with views across to Ben Lomond on the far shore. 

Highlight: Good views of the craggy tops of the Arrochar Alps and the serene view of Ben Lomond towering above the loch.

Option 2 – The Cobbler and Beinn Narnain

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 3,800 feet (1170m)

In Summary:  This is a challenging walk taking in two of the best peaks of the famed Arrochar Alps, a place where much pioneering rock-climbing was developed from the 1930’s onwards. Our walk avoids rock-climbing, but it is steep and at times rough. 

The walk starts at Succoth at the head of Loch Long, a sea loch stretching over 15 miles to the south. The walk initially ascends a steep but well-made path, up into the corrie below the rock pinnacles of The Cobbler (which is also known as Ben Arthur). The path then goes steeply up to the summit ridge where we will visit the North Top. (The Centre Top, a rock pinnacle, is strictly for rock-climbers only!) The path descends to the col and then up to the summit of Beinn Narnain, our second  ‘Munro’ of the holiday. On a clear day the views are superb, with the sea lochs extending south into the sun and the mountains of the Highlands arrayed all around. We descend steeply to finish back at the starting point of the walk.

Highlight: This is a big walk with lots of ascent, however there's great satisfaction in seeing the craggy pinnacles of The Cobbler up close, and the views from Beinn Narnain are spectacular.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

Winnock Hotel, Drymen

The Winnock Hotel dates back to the late 1700's and throughout history has always offered lodging to travellers passing through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs areas. Formerly a coaching inn, it has been lovingly restored to its modern day form. All rooms include hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, WiFi and telephone.

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Getting to Winnock Hotel, Drymen

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Essential Information

Essential Equipment

  • To enjoy walking /hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.
  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g. Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers areessential and a warm hat and gloves are useful additions. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra. Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • water bottle (at least 1 litre) and spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents,
  • Insect repellent and a midge hood is highly recommended for Scotland
  • Sun Hat, Sunglasses and Sun cream,
  • Camera.

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Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
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