Total distance – 1.1 kilometres
Ascent – 88 metres
Walking conditions – Good well defined footpath but can be muddy in places. No difficulties.
Time required – Around 1 to 1.5 hours
Nearest town – Balloch
I don’t know how many times over the past 20 years or so I’ve passed through Gartocharn. I was aware of a small hill close to the village but thought nothing more. My apathy towards this little gem changed when I was looking for new walking routes suitable for my children aged 2 and 4. What a fantastic mini expedition! Make sure you’ve got a camera for this one.
Driving from Balloch take the right turn at the House of Darrach restaurant and park at the foot of the hill. Follow the clearly marked path straight up the 88 metre ascent through a forest, then a patch of muddy, open ground, and finally winding up the steeper slope of the hill. No more than 20 minutes after leaving the car you’ll find yourself nearing the top. As you leave the trees behind and the ground levels off you will have a 360 degree panorama and one of the best views across Loch Lomond. This little dumpling even has its own trig point! Return by the same route.