Dip your toe into Sallochy
The trails here wind through tranquil oakwoods that are over 200 years old. This is a great place to watch for wildlife, including secretive roe deer and noisy jays. Enjoy a picnic beside the loch or take to the water – this is a popular place for wild swimming.
Food, drink and other essentials
There are toilets at Sallochy (year-round) and Rowardennan (Easter to October).
There are also toilets, refreshments and shops at Rowardennan and Balmaha.
If you'd like to camp at Sallochy, you can book through Sallochy Woodland Camping, for a stay between Easter and October.
Car parking charges
Please note, parking charges are as follows:
£1 for up to 1 hour
£3 for all day
£12 for minibus and coach all day
Season passes are also available. For more information please contact us.
Moderate - 1.4 miles / 2.2 km - Allow ¾ hour
A trail for all seasons through peaceful oak woodland, with spectacular views over Loch Lomond.More information...
This route climbs up through Sallochy Woods, with plenty of opportunities to catch your breath and take in the panoramic loch and mountain views as you get higher. The trail returns to the lochside along a quiet oak-edged burn. This is truly a trail for all seasons – enjoy a scented carpet of bluebells in May and June, listen for woodland birds busy overhead in summer, and marvel at the oaks’ stunning display of autumn colour.
Moderate slopes over a mix of wide gravel and grassy paths and forest road. Includes a narrow wooden bridge.
Moderate - 2.1 miles / 3.3 km - Allow 1¼ hours
Climb up through tranquil woodland for magnificent views over Loch Lomond to the Arrochar Alps, and enjoy a paddle back at Sallochy beach afterwards.More information...
This trail winds uphill from the loch shore through tall conifers, rewarding you with stunning views over Loch Lomond as you gain the high ground. The route climbs to the spectacular Dun Maoil viewpoint, where you can catch your breath overlooking the loch and the Arrochar Alps, then descends through tranquil oak woodland. Cool your tired feet with a paddle when you get back to Sallochy's picturesque pebbly beach.
Moderate slopes over a mix of wide gravel paths, forest road and firm grassy sections that can be muddy in places. Short steep section to the viewpoint. Includes a narrow wooden bridge.
Camping at East Loch Lomond
You can pitch a tent at Sallochy Woodland Camping, a peaceful site close to the loch shore, between Easter and October. Check availability or book a pitch online. Please note that this campsite is for tents only and not suitable for large groups.
Walking The West Highland Way
This great trail is perhaps Scotland’s best known long distance route, stretching 154km (96miles) from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William. On its way north it follows the shores of Loch Lomond and passes beneath Ben Lomond. You don’t have to walk it all to enjoy the rolling route and wonderful views – walk a stretch of it from here and get a taste for the adventure.
A special place for people and wildlife
We hope you’ll enjoy visiting Sallochy and will help to keep it as a place you'll want to return to again and again.
This area is important for wildlife so keep a lookout and you never know what you might see. It is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation because of its natural woodland interest.
Where willows grow
The name Sallochy comes from the Gaelic seileach, willow. Willow is an incredibly useful wood and has traditionally been used to weave baskets, fish creels, chairs, bridles for horses and even coffins...
Workplace in the woods
The third Duke of Montrose (1755–1836) planted the oakwoods that cover the east side of Loch Lomond. It’s hard to imagine today, but this tranquil forest was once an industrial site.
Every spring this area was full of women and children coppicing the oak trees and stripping their bark. The young trunks of the coppiced oaks were cut for building and for making charcoal. The workers distilled wood vinegar (pyroligneous acid), produced during the charcoal-making process, which was used to fix dyes in the great textile factories of the Vale of Leven.
How to get here
From Drymen take the B837 towards Rowardennan. You’ll see Sallochy Car Park on your left after about 9 miles (14.5 km).
The car park is at grid reference NS 380 958.
G63 0AW is the nearest postcode.
Continue past Sallochy to reach Rowardennan. Enjoy a stroll along the West Highland Way from here or, if you’re feeling energetic and well-prepared, you can head for the summit of Ben Lomond.
Visit Balmaha, the gateway to East Loch Lomond, to explore the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park and impressive Conic Hill. You can also visit the Balmaha Visitor Centre to find out more about the area and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
There’s much more of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to explore too. Head for The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre near Aberfoyle to enjoy stunning views and find out more about what to see and do in the Forest Park. If you want to see the forest from a different angle, you’ll also find Go Ape here.