Balmaha is situated on the east shores of Loch Lomond. The name Balmaha comes from the Gaelic for St Maha’s Place which suggests the village may have ancient origins, perhaps as a hermit’s residence. It is overlooked by Conic Hill, which hosts tremendous views of the surrounding Loch. Balmaha is an ideal stop for walkers on the West Highland Way, or those climbing Conic Hill and has an excellent selection of quality pub/restaurants, bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation for visitors.
A local boatyard is in operation at Balmaha jetty, where the MacFarlane family operate a regular boat and ferry route to the islands of Loch Lomond, including the beautiful Inchcailloch Island. Here you can visit historical sites such as castle ruins, a graveyard, as well as enjoy a stroll around this stunning island. Inchcailloch Island also has a public picnic area, complete with barbecues.
Balmaha is also an ideal spot for fishing. Fishing for Pike and Perch is free i.e. no permit is required, however boat hire, fishing gear and a permit can be obtained for those wishing to catch salmon or sea-trout. Just call at the boatyard and they will be happy to help.
Balmaha is only a short drive from Glasgow and is very popular during the Summer months for day trips and also can be busy with walkers passing through on their way to climb Ben Lomond from Rowardennan.
There are some managed campsites close to Balmaha and it is an ideal place for exploring the attractive eastern side of Loch Lomond.
Balmaha has several bed and breakfast providers and there is also a bunkhouse in the heart of the village which also hires canoes for exploring Loch Lomond and the Islands.
If your are looking for more luxurious accommodation than you should consider Loch Lomond Waterfront Resort with its 5 star lodges and on site Restaurant and Deli. All the lodges look out on Loch Lomond, comfortably sleep 6 and some come with an outdoor jacuzzi. Perfect for enjoying an amazing sunset over Loch Lomond.
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