There are countless beautiful walks for all abilities and levels of fitness in the area, but here are a few to get you started.
Ardess History Trail
3km (1hr) short history trail to explore the archaeology found beneath the heather, bracken and oak trees and to explain how this part of the countryside used to be lived in and worked. An easy circular walk with good views.Accessed from the Rowardennan car park beside the ferry pier, a short walk from the lodge.
Cashel Forest Walks
There are three waymarked good walks through the birchwoods, some with views of Loch Lomond. Sign off road between Rowardennan and Balmaha.
Sallochy Forest Trails
2.5km (1hr) There are three waymarked forestry walks from Sallochy, a beautiful picnic spot on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The two shorter ones combine, visiting an abandoned settlement, oakwoods, and good viewpoints over the loch. Accessed from Sallochy carpark off the road from Rowardennan to Balmaha.
Sallochy to Rowardennan
4.5km (1.5 hrs one way) This linear walk follows a popular section of the West Highland Way long distance path. Starting in Sallochy the route winds up through lovely oak woodland to reach various viewpoints at the shore of Loch Lomond. The walk brings you back to the lodges at Rowardennan. Waymarked clear path with up and down sections, some steep
Balamaha Millenium Forest Path
2km (45 min) way marked path starting from the Balmaha car park.
Conic Hill Balmaha
4km (2-3 hrs) A sharp little summit rising above Balmaha, this short hillwalk offers truly fantastic views over Loch Lomond and its many islands. Good path on the ascent, with steps. Access from the Balmaha car park.
Inchcailloch Island Walk
3km (1.5 hrs) Inchcailloch is a stunning wooded island on Loch Lomond and on the west side there is a picnic area with tables, barbeque and toilets. Inchcailloch is a short distance off-shore from Balmaha. Balmaha boat-yard operate a ferry service to the island on-demand, available throughout the year, weather permitting. Access from Balmaha, ferry £5 adult £2.50 under 16.
Balmaha Boat Yard 01360 870 214
12km (4.5-6hrs) one of the most popular Munros, with fantastic views from the summit of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east. The route has been well made, however the optional return down the Ptarmigan ridge can be muddy and is rocky in places making the going more difficult in poor visibility. As with all mountain walks, full hill walking clothing, equipment and provisions must be carried. If there is snow on the route this includes an ice-axe and crampons. Accessed from Rowardennan car park.
Rowardennan to Inversnaid
11.5km (4-5 hrs one way) This is a superb - if strenuous - stretch of the West Highland Way trail that heads northwards along the shore from Rowardennan. Initially it follows a good track that slowly climbs the wooded hillside, with occasional superb views down over the loch. The track soon ends and a wild path continues on across rough ground. The path becomes rougher as it winds between trees to reach the Inversnaid Hotel. Note: important to arrange return transport in advance either by water or the long way round by road.