County (pre 1975): Dunbartonshire; Region/District (1975-1996): Strathclyde/Dumbarton; Unitary Authority: West Dunbartonshire
This is a busy place in summer, serving as a starting point for boat excursions around Loch Lomond islands. Conic Hill marks the geological line where the highlands begin The Highland Boundary fault runs along the summit so you can stand with one foot in the highlands and one foot in the lowlands. There are tremendous views of the surrounding Loch Lomond. A local boatyard is in operation at Balmaha jetty, where the MacFarlane family operate a regular boat and ferry route to the islands of Loch Lomond, including the beautiful Inchcailloch Island, Here you can visit historical sites such as castle ruins, a graveyard, as well as enjoy a stroll around this stunning island. Inchcailloch Island also has a public picnic area, complete with barbecues.
Balmaha is also an ideal spot for fishing. Fishing for Pike and Perch is free i.e. no permit is required, however boat hire, fishing gear and a permit can be obtained for those wishing to catch salmon or sea-trout. Just call at the boatyard and they will be happy to help.
Attractions: Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha Boatyard, Balmaha Pier
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