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Location and descriptionEdit

The summit of Conic Hill with; in the background its sub-summit at 358 ms

It is on the east bank of Loch Lomond, beside the village of Balmaha. It is a sharp little summit which is on the Highland Boundary Fault. There was a tiny cairn at the top (361 ms); as of February 2019 there is only a scatttering of stones to mark the ‘true’ summit.[1]. Most visitors also stop on a sub-summit at 358 ms.[3]


From the top, it offers great views over Loch Lomond and towards Glasgow. On a clear day it is even possible to see Goat Fell on the Isle of Arran, which is about 50 miles (80 km) to the south west. In addition, the rounded outline of Ailsa Craig in the Clyde Estuary is sometimes visible.


It is accessible for walking, and forms part of the West Highland Way. During the lambing season, dogs are not allowed in the two enclosed fields on the east approach to Conic Hill, even if they are on a lead. The season normally lasts for around three weeks at the end of April and early May. However, this does not affect access with a dog to Conic Hill from the Balmaha direction.

The hill is accessible by public transport, with buses and ferries arriving in Balmaha. There is also a car park at the base, allowing those with vehicles a place to park before climbing the hill.

In August 2013, 8 members of Deafblind Scotland ascended the hill with help from rangers and guides.[4]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b Conic Hill at Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  2. ^ Smith, Roger; Aitken, Bob (2013). "2 - Drymen - Rowardennan". The West Highland Way: The Official Guide. Birlinn. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  3. ^ Smith, Phoebe (2017). "46 - The Great Divide". Britain's Best Small Hills: A Guide to wild walks, short adventures, scrambles, great views, wild camping and more. Bradt Travel Guides. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  4. ^ Mqueen, Craig. "Deafblind climbers tackle Conic Hill on banks of Loch Lomond with help from their guides". Daily Record. Retrieved 2 March 2015.

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