Conic Hill

View from Conic Hill

Conic Hill is in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, it rises above Balmaha on the East side of Loch Lomond. The Hill is 361m high, so not a high mountain but none the less can be quite challenging at points. It has a clear path up, mostly steps then a gravel path, there is a bit of a scramble at the top.

You first start out at the far side of the Main Car Park in Balmaha. Walking through the forest firstly until you come to a gate which then opens up the route to a gravel path. Once you get to the top of the first section, the views are simply stunning, you can see some of the Islands on Loch Lomond and there is also a nice place to sit & get your breath back while absorbing the glorious views.

Continuing onto the next section the stone steps continue but with the views that open up more. The good thing about this walk is that you don’t need to go to the top to take in the views, half way up there is an opening that allows you to do exactly that.

Once you get to the top, there is a bit of a scramble but for only a minute or 2. It really is worth going to the top, keep to the left hand side path this will take you around to the top. There is a path to the right that makes you think that’s the top but don’t take this.

Once you get to the top, just sit and admire the views of Loch Lomond and its surroundings. Take a picnic if it’s a nice day.

As always, before you go, please ensure proper footwear and clothing as Scotlands weather can change in a second. Please Respect the Mountains & Park area & Stay safe.


The great bulk of Ben Nevis, UKs highest mountain at 4413 feet, towers above Fort William in Lochaber
The great bulk of Ben Nevis, UK’s highest mountain at 4413 feet, towers above Fort William in Lochaber. Click the Image to find out more.

There are 5 different Mountain heights in Scotland, each are categorised as follows:-

Munros:- These being the highest ranges, anything over 3,000ft is classed as a Munro. There are 282 in the current list.

Corbetts:- These are 2,500ft – 3,000ft ranges. There are currently 222 Corbetts in the list.

Grahams:- They are 2,000ft – 2,500 ft ranges with a drop of 150m on all sides. Currently there are 219 on the list in Scotland.

Donalds:- Generally found in the lowlands of Scotland, as they are 2,000ft at least with a drop of 100m on all sides. There are currently 89 in the list.

Marilyns:- Are anything below 2,000ft, and currently there are around 1219 in Scotland.

Mountains can also be categorised as areas, such as Highlands & Islands, Southern Lowlands etc, here are some:-

  1. The Cairngorms
  2. The Grampian Mountains
  3. Cuillin Hills
  4. Southern Uplands
  5. Ochil Hills
  6. Campsie Fells
  7. Sidlaws
  8. Northwest Highlands
  9. Galloway Hills
  10. Cheviot Hills
  11. Arrochar Alps
  12. Lomond Hills
  13. Glencoe Area
  14. Lochaber Hills
  15. Pentland Hills

There are so many beautiful areas to explore here, I am still working my way around my homeland and hope to bring you more information as I go along.

Some of my favourites are the Cairngorms, The Cuillins & Glencoe.