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Conic Hill

Conic Hill

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Recommended by 124 out of 125 hikers

Some small hills are so exquisitely situated that they wipe the floor with many loftier viewpoints, rewarding walkers with an unforgettable experience for minimal effort. Hikes to Conic Hill’s prominent summit, beautifully perched above the southern, island-studded shores of Loch Lomond, are a perfect case in point. On a good day, you won’t believe your eyes (or your luck) that views from such a gorgeously accessible hill exist.


Bonnie views from the very threshold of the Scottish Highlands


Conic Hill is on the Highland Boundary Fault, representing the very beginnings of the unique magic of the Scottish Highlands. Routes to the summit are well trodden and easy to follow over accommodating terrain.


The views are wonderful and commence almost as soon as your start gaining height. The wide, shimmering expanse of southern Loch Lomond, liberally speckled with a dozen islands, is stunning. Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps loom in the north. To the southwest, the peaks of the Isle of Arran and the hulking granite hump of Aisla Craig rise from the blue across the Firth of Clyde.


Conic Hill’s accessibility and low elevation mean that it makes for a perfect outing when Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps have been transformed by heavy snowfall. Suspend your disbelief for a moment and you could almost be staring down a Norwegian fjord or a lake in New Zealand.


Most walking routes to Conic Hill begin from Balmaha or Drymen via Garadhban Forest. Both offer a range of lodgings and eateries and are popular with picnickers and day-trippers from nearby Glasgow. There are a number of campsites, but if you are planning to wild camp, check the national park website for restrictions in this region.

Tips

  • Carola K.

    An exhausting climb, but rewarding views from Conic Hill to Loch Lochmond. Definitely take anti-midge remedies, it just teems with the critters

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    • June 6, 2018

  • Chris

    If you're headed northbound along the West Highland Way, Conic Hill is your first challenge as its role as guardian to Loch Lomond below. Peaking at 361m (1184 feet), the walk up from the east is extremely steep with a gradient as high as 24%.

    Tough it out however and you'll be rewarded with beautiful views over Loch Lomond, and on a clear day, you might even catch a week peak of Ben Lomond, Scotland's southernmost Munro.

    • September 3, 2018

  • Dominic Schwengler

    360 degree panoramic view from Conic Hill via Loch Lomond.

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    • August 22, 2016

  • Christian

    Beautiful view of Loch Lomond and the Highlands. Especially for hikers of the 'West Highland Way' makes a nice prelude to the desire for the following days.

    Sometimes it can be a bit crowded, as many day trippers from Balmaha also venture the climb.

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    • April 16, 2019

  • Christian

    Perfect views over Loch Lomond, the few meters the summit high worth it!

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    • April 25, 2019

  • peacemaker_fx

    Wonderful view from above Loch Lomond and into the wide valley in the south.

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    • June 21, 2018

  • Ironneck

    Beautiful view

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    • April 25, 2019

  • Lke

    Very nice but also very crowded

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    • July 20, 2019

  • J&J S3ID3L

    Here is enough wind to be left alone in front of Midges. You also look at one of the most beautiful holes.

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    • August 27, 2019

  • Elly

    View over Loch Lomond from Conic Hill - nice circular route (glad we went clockwise from the carpark though!)

    • September 6, 2019

  • Gillian and Laurence

    Walk up was steep and very busy. Most people come down the same route, however the Komoot way down across this hills is much quieter and nicer! Only problem was gate, to field and beach, was padlocked at bottom - had to shimmy through gap 😳

    • August 19, 2020

  • Käthe

    A challenge to your own condition!

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    • September 8, 2020

  • Alex B

    Really nice walk uphill and yes at times was really steep, with rewarding views over loch Lomond, went early Saturday, on my way down it was very congested but still worth it.

    • September 19, 2020

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Location: Scotland, United Kingdom

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  • Elevation330 m

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