After the short Bracklinn Falls hike, we headed toward Balmaha for the Conic Hill hike, another very iconic Scottish walk ! Conic Hill is a little summit that offers fantastic views over Loch Lomond that can be easily reached (count 1-2 hours depending on your fitness level). The weather that day was fabulous, blue sky and mild temperatures, all you need for a steep ascent ;-)
We parked in the Balmaha free car park located close to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Visitor Centre. The walk begins at the end of this car park, you just have to follow the thistle symbol up to the top.
At the beginning, we walked through woodlands, with really huge bracken and tall trees. That part of the walk was quite easy. We followed some steps and arrived at a small gate leading to an open space, with some conic hills in the background.
After several wooden and stone steps, it was getting a bit steeper as we could see the small hills in the background.
After a bit more climbing we could see Loch Lomond in front of us with all the tiny islands in its center. It was gorgeous !!
We decided to climb to the summit to see if the views would get better but it was pretty much the same. We sat down for a bit before hiking back to the car park. We had food in the pub close to the car park, the Oak Tree Inn, and the fish and chips I had were once again very welcomed after all the effort I’ve spent :-)
There was one castle nearby I wanted to check out before heading towards Killin, Buchanan Castle. We had some difficulties to find it as our sat nav didn’t recognized the address. When we arrived at the location, we realized that there were fences around it, and that we could only see it from very far away. It’s not open to the public anymore, apparently, it’s too dangerous and degraded. I’m sure some urbex photographers would have been braver than me, I just took a picture from far away then took some pictures of the flowers :p
It really looked like a castle taken from a fairy tale, it looked lovely !