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.
Find out more about Sallochy and the rest of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
Camping at East Loch Lomond
Sallochy Campsite is a semi-formal, tents-only site - open between Easter and October.
Please note: for all queries about camping at Sallochy, contact the Sallochy wardens on 01360 870142 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The wardens can be contacted between March and October, when the campsite is open.
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.
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.
A trail for all seasons through peaceful oak woodland along the Allt a Mhuitinn burn and past the ruins of Wester Sallochy.
Mostly firm gravel and grassy paths. Section of narrow earthy path with muddy patches. Some steep slopes on uneven ground. Includes a narrow bridge and road crossing.
1 ½ miles / 2.5 km Allow 1 hour
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.
Climb through a delightfully varied woodland to the craggy viewpoint on Dun Maoil for spectacular views over Loch Lomond and the Arrochar Alps.
Largely firm gravel or grassy paths. Short section of rough, narrow earthy path with muddy patches up to viewpoint. Long moderate slopes with some steep sections. Includes a road crossing.
2 ¾ miles / 4.3 km Allow 2 hours
Mountain biking trails
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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