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Conic Hill Circular Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km

Ascent - 1350 feet / 409 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference NS420909
Lat 56.0847120 + Long -4.5407358
Postcode G63 0JQ (approx. location only)

Conic Hill despite is modest height offers a superb panorama of Loch Lomond and the surrounding hills. The large free car park adjacent to Balmaha Visitor Centre provides a convenient start and the route follows the West Highland Way so navigational problems are non-existent. The path crosses moorland and ascends the summit of Conic Hill (361 m). For a shorter route go to Walk 2669.

Balmaha car park (grid ref. NS420909) is also served by buses from Balloch railway station which has frequent service to and from Glasgow. Exit the car park onto the B837 and turn left. There is a pavement, so safety is not a problem. Continue for two kilometres to reach Milton of Buchanan. Follow the road as it bends right and then left. Veer left off the main road up Creityhall Road. After passing Creity Hall on your left you enter Garadhban Forest (grid ref. NS453907).

After 700 metres you reach a cross track, the main West Highland Way route (grid ref. NS456913). Turn left and continue through forest to reach open moorland with views ahead to Conic Hill and Loch Lomond. The path is well used and after a short descent to cross Burn of Mar the path rises steadily and runs across the northwestern flank of Conic Hill. Turn left at a clear path and complete the short ascent onto the Conic Hill ridge.

The highest point is at the north-eastern end of the ridge although the best view is from the slightly lower south-western top. Allow time to enjoy the view which includes, Glasgow, the Campsie Fells, Loch Lomond, the Arrochar Alps and Munro Ben Lomond. After enjoying the views from Conic Hill descend to the West Highland Way and turn left. The descending path offers many other viewpoints before entering the forest and leads back to the car park at Balmaha.

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