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 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.
Wild Watch trail
A short path to the Wild Watch Hide, where squirrels and woodland birds visit the feeders. The Kirroughtree play park is further along.
A firm and generally flat path, with some short gentle gradients. No obstacles. Good in all weathers.
¼ miles / 0.5 km Allow ¼ hour
Anniversary Cairn trail
Follow this trail through mature woods to the stunning viewpoint at the Galloway Forest Park 50th Anniversary Cairn, then back past the tranquil Bruntis Loch.
Firm gravel paths with some wide forest roads. Generally moderate gradients. Includes a bridge. Shares some sections with mountain bike trails – look out for bikers.
1 ½ miles / 2.5 km Allow 1 hour
Big Bruntis trail
This classic woodland circular route passes picturesque Big Bruntis Loch – rest a while by the loch or stop for a picnic to soak up the peaceful atmosphere.
A firm gravel trail, which is generally moderately steep over its whole length. Includes one bridge. Some sections are shared with mountain bike routes.
2 ¼ miles / 3.5 km Allow 1½ hours
Bruntis Loch was created in the 18th century by damming the Bruntis Burn to provide water for the nearby lead mines. Look out for the old lade (open channel) that carried the water.
The loch looks particularly attractive in the spring, when it is surrounded by a carpet of colourful wildflowers, and in summer watch out for dragonflies over the water and butterflies in sunny glades. This is also a great trail for spotting red squirrels and woodland birds. Watch out for tiny treecreepers darting up tree trunks – you might mistake them for mice! Look higher into the canopy for fluttering flocks of siskins feeding on conifer seeds.
Little Bruntis trail
This path visits both the Big and Little Bruntis Lochs, before heading through mixed woodland with beautiful big beech trees. Keep your eyes open for the workings of the historic tin mines, as well as roe deer and red squirrels.
A firm gravel path. Fairly steep gradients. Includes a short section (100m) on quiet public road.
2 ½ miles / 4.0 km Allow 1½ hours
Larg Hill trail
A scenic circuit around wooded Larg Hill rewards you with great views over Newton Stewart, a visit to lovely Bruntis Loch and follows the course of a tumbling burn.
Firm gravel paths and forest roads, with some sections muddy after rain. Long fairly steep gradients. Includes short section of quiet public road. Shares some sections with mountain bike trails.
4 ¼ miles / 7.0 km Allow 3 hours
In spring watch out for great spotted woodpeckers nesting close to the roadside – look for tell-tale round holes in dead treetrunks where they nest and bring up their young. Listen for the adults drumming (rapid pecking) in the trees – this is the woodpecker’s way of advertising for a mate and marking its territory.
Mountain biking trails
Kirroughtree Skills Area
Warm up on this collection of small trails. Trails may be diverted or closed, for up to date information please see the 7stanes website.More information...
You’ll find a lot packed into this small section of trails, where you can practise for the more difficult obstacles you might meet on our longer routes. It’s the best place to perfect your technique before you get down to serious business.
Green: Easy - 3.8 miles / 6.0 km
Take an easy ride through a peaceful glen. Trails may be diverted or closed, for up to date information please see the 7stanes website.More information...
The perfect route for first timers or children. Enjoy a relaxing ride through the mixed woodland of Bargalt Glen, through forest trails, farm tracks and quiet public roads.
Blue: Moderate - 6.3 miles / 10.0 km
For those seeking excitement. Trails may be diverted or closed, for up to date information please see the 7stanes website.More information...
Ideal for beginners or kids who are confident on their bikes, this winding route is mainly singletrack with a couple of small rock drops thrown in for good measure.
Red: Difficult - 10.6 miles / 17.0 km
Test your technical skills. Trails may be diverted or closed, for up to date information please see the 7stanes website.
True to its name, The Twister route offers a winding trail with real challenges waiting after every twist and turn. It’s a physically demanding ride, with plenty of rock steps, drop-offs and other technical obstacles to keep you on your toes.
Black: Severe - 8.7 miles / 14.0 km
Push the limits on this fast-paced route. Trails may be diverted or closed, for up to date information please see the 7stanes website.More information...
From the fast flowing single track to the testing rocky technical challenges, on the Black Craigs you’ll find plenty of exposed granite and features to get your adrenaline pumping.
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.
You can also get the bus from Glasgow to Balmaha, then walk or taxi the six miles along the West Highland Way to the campsite.
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.
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