It’s the weekend! After that week stuck in the office, your stress levels are reaching critical mass, you need some fresh air. If you live in Scotland there’s absolutely no excuse for not getting yourself up a hill for some light exercise and world-class scenery.
About an hour’s drive from Glasgow, on the east bank of Loch Lomond, is Conic Hill, a delightful little 350m lump, from which the views over the loch are stunning.
I’ve climbed this hill a couple of times – in the baking sun and in torrential rain – and it was equally enjoyable both times.
You don’t need a high level of fitness, but it does help. Neither do you need long legs – determined children can certainly take on the challenge.
The hill sits over the village of Balmaha, which is also the start and finish of the walk. The summit is not the only highlight of the walk though. The Oak Tree Inn at the foot of the hill is a cosy award winning pub/restaurant with a sign outside declaring “Muddy boots welcome”, so don’t worry if at some point you found yourself knee-deep in mud – which only happens rarely and if you’re out in typically damp weather conditions.
Even if it looks like the weather is conspiring against you, get out there anyway – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. Remember to plan your journey, take plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy up, and you can’t beat a chocolate biscuit and a flask of tea after hiking up a hill for a couple of hours.
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