Just an hour north of Glasgow, within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, sits a small town, Balmaha, nestled in the hillside on the shore of Loch Lomond. Traffic through the town consists almost entirely of walkers (the famous West Highland Way passes by the town) and there seem to be more boats than people. With a still working fish jetty and many beautiful, wooden sailing boats, the lake’s edge appears to still be living in the last century.
A quaint village shop sells Scottish shortbread, Scottish tablet, Scottish bread, Scottish milk and many other Scottish products, all sold to you in a gentle Scottish accent. The town pub, The Oak Tree Inn, was voted Scotland’s Best Independent Pub in 2015 and serves excellent food and has over 50 malt whiskies on offer.
Here at Tiplr, we couldn’t suggest more strongly that you pay a visit to the little town and dropping into the pub – you can even stay the night! – it really is worth it. Have a wander around the little village, drop into the pub for a drink, make use of the many foot paths along the Loch shores, buy some Scottish tablet from the village shop, and marvel at the beauty of the water and its boats. And, if you fancy, ask at the pub, because for £5 (£2.50 for a child), you can take a ferry around Loch Lomond, stopping off on an island for a picnic. It truly is a great day out.
The little town of Balmaha is a gorgeous getaway and we couldn’t suggest more strongly that you make the effort to drive the hour out of Glasgow; you won’t regret it. Even the drive is beautiful.
Photo Credit: Alice Kerr