West Highland Way Drymen to Balmaha

Seting off with our Rambling Club to walk the second part (7 Miles) of the West Highland Way.
Leaving the lovely village of Drymen we headed towards Garadhban Forest, the path winds through the forest before coming to open moorland with views towards the first climb of the Way, Conic Hill. After crossing the moorland we stopped by the bridge over the Burn of Mar where we had our lunch.
After lunch our first real challenge of the day,climbing Conic Hill, although the hill is not very high it is still quite a strenuous climb
( CONIC HILL lies on the Highland Boundry Fault, a massive geologicaln fracture separating the Lowlands from the Highlands. Standing on the top of the hill you can see the line of islands across Loch Lommond clearly marking the direction of the fault zone which runs right across the width of Scotland from Kintyre to Stonehaven just south of Aberdeen).
As we climbed the hill the views started to open out and we saw more of the countryside the wind became really strong the higher we climbed. On reaching the top of the hill the views over Loch Lommond and the islands on the loch were lovely. After a short break we headed down the slippery path to Balmaha on the banks of the loch. We then drove by coach back to Drymen for our 1 hour social stop.



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Uploaded: March 15, 2009