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Inchcailloch Island

Described as a jewel in Loch Lomond, Inchcailloch Island is just a few minutes across the water from The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha.

This is a must-do for any trip to Loch Lomond. Balmaha Boatyard run an on-demand passenger ferry shuttle to the island. Just follow the signs that are next to the Oak Tree Inn.

Once on the island you have a choice of two walking routes, following either the low or high path. Each path takes around 30 minutes to walk, with the low path taking you through the woods to the other end of the island, on the way keep a look out for wildlife, including Fallow deer, Osprey’s, Dor Beetles, White Butterfly and Wild Geese. You’ll end up at Port Bawn with a beach and beautiful views out across Loch Lomond. Alternatively take the high path and climb a path that is a bit like a spiral staircase, to the summit where you get a panoramic view that is one of the best in Loch Lomond.

A good month to visit is May, when the bluebells are out, and also the autumn when the colours are incredible.

As well as stunning scenery and wildlife the island has an incredible history. You can visit the ancient burial ground and find out about a time when people lived on Inchcailloch.

The island is completely un-spoilt, the only addition being a compost toilet at Port Bawn. Inchcailloch is maintained and protected by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and you will find information about it in the Balmaha Visitor Centre, located in the car park opposite The Oak Tree Inn. Rangers are often based on the island and will be delighted to tell you more about it.

 

 

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