Discover Loch Lomond's secret side – explore its eastern shore and find peaceful picnic sites and quiet trails with magnificent Highland views

East Loch Lomond

Find peace at Loch Lomond

Visitors have been enjoying the bonny banks of Loch Lomond for generations. Leave the crowds behind and head for East Loch Lomond to discover the more tranquil shores of this ever-popular loch. Enjoy a picnic or meander through the woods beneath soaring Ben Lomond and savour the spectacular scenery.

Don't miss Balmaha beneath Conic Hill, scenic Sallochy with its pebbly beach, and Rowardennan, which is at the end of the road...literally.

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Essential information

You can visit the east shore of Loch Lomond all year round.

There are toilets, parking, information, a play area and picnic tables at the Balmaha Visitor Centre. The centre, operated by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, is open from Easter to October.

There are also toilets at Sallochy (year-round) and Rowardennan (Easter to October). You’ll also find a range of refreshments and shopping in the village of Balmaha.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Camping at East Loch Lomond

You can pitch a tent at Sallochy Woodland Camping, a peaceful site close to the loch shore, between March and October. Check availability or book a pitch online. Please note that this campsite is for tents only and not suitable for large groups.

You can also camp at Cashel Caravan and Camping Site, just outside Balmaha. It’s also beside the loch and on the route of the West Highland Way.

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 ofLoch Lomond and passes beneath Ben Lomond. You don’t have to walk it all to enjoy the rolling route and wonderful views – stroll along a stretch of it from here and get a taste for the adventure.

Exploring East Loch Lomond

The best place to start is at Balmaha, the gateway to the loch’s east shore. The village nestles beneath the impressive Conic Hill, within the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park.

Continue north along the loch shore to reach tranquil Sallochy – a great place for a picnic overlooking the loch or a ramble through the oakwoods.

Rowardennan lies further north again, at the end of the public road. Relax by the loch, stroll along the shore or – if you’re feeling more energetic – join the West Highland Wayor head for the summit of Ben Lomond. The choice is yours!

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600


How to get here

Start exploring East Loch Lomond from Balmaha. The village is on the B837, 4 miles (6.5km) north-west of Drymen.

Balmaha Visitor Centre car park is at grid reference NS 420 909.

Using SatNav?

G63 OJQ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

The nearest railway station is at Balloch. There is a frequent bus service to Balmaha from Balloch, via Drymen. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

There’s plenty of other places to explore across Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, whether you’re here just for the day or on holiday.

A good place to start is The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre near Aberfoyle, where you can find out all about the Forest Park (and relax in a café with one of the best views in Scotland!).

Alternatively, head to the western shore of Loch Lomond and discover the delights of Argyll Forest Park, a magnificent area of rugged hill country that stretches west from Loch Lomond to the Atlantic.

Find out more in our Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 4.7MB).

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