Sunday 29 December 2013

Conic Hill

The weather forecast was looking good and we were all in need of some fresh air and exercise. We arranged to meet up with friends in Balmaha and climb Conic Hill.

The view from the top looking north west over Loch Lomond.

 The view to the south west.

I have no idea who most of these people are - as you can see, the top of Conic Hill was a busy place earlier today. Staying just below the brow of the hill offered relief from the cold wind so we sheltered there to drink our nice hot tomato soup and eat some sandwiches and blueberry muffins.

 Beginning the descent.

The light was better on the way down and we were facing the right way to enjoy the lovely views.

Down they come.


 Blue sky and the gorgeous russet colours of the bracken.


Now we've reached the woodland at the bottom of the hill.

 A last look up, then down to the loch for a wander.

Balmaha sits on quite a narrow inlet of Loch Lomond so not much of the loch is actually visible from the shore.

 Nice old tractor at the boat yard.

Another view over the loch.

 Tumbledown shed.

The branches of a huge old oak tree in the boat yard that the children loved climbing and playing in.

Home to fish suppers.

Now on with the essay...


Clicky Needles said...

Thanks for taking us on your walk, we've had a really nice time. CN x

Lyn said...

Lovely walk, breath taking views too!

Rosemary said...

Happy memories of Balmaha - we used to go there regularly when we lived in Milngavie and before that in Glasgow.

Louise said...

A lovely walk, I enjoyed your photos.

Mereknits said...

Such a gorgeous place to explore, thank you for taking us along.

CJ said...

Wow, it's absolutely stunning there. So glad you had such a lovely walk. It looks breathtaking. A wonderful way to spend a day.

Jacquie said...

Wow, what a stunning walk Anne. Loved this post and your Christmas one where everything looked so cosy.
Jacquie x

primrosesattic said...

Glad I read about your walk. I could not of done it. Lovely scenery.

blueskyscotland said...

It's a great viewpoint over the islands there with the Highland Fault Line clearly visible. Nice set of photographs.In summer season you can also hire a rowing boat at Balmaha boatyard and row the short distance across to Inchcailloch where there is a walk round this sizable island to a high viewpoint over the loch,an old graveyard and beaches. It's a good family outing and is a fairly cheap way to see a few of the nearest islands if the prices are still the same. Helps to have at least two adult rowers aboard.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful images of a beautiful land. I haven't been since May and I ache to go back. Thank you so much.

Mrs. Micawber said...

What glorious photos ... it looks like a lovely climb. I like the islands dreaming on the loch, the bracken and blue skies, and that magical woodland shot.

Hope the essay turned out well, and I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

* said...

Now that is why I want to go to Scotland.....stunning pictures! I've seen Loch Lomond before,, but not like in those! Ashamedly, i have done very little walking recently, I seem to be in zombie mode since the big day, I'm hoping to get a good walk n tomorrow with the boys,a trip to the hills is well over due! Happy New year to you and yours!

Irene Donovan said...

I love your photos, especially the trees.

Linda said...

Looks like a great cobweb-blower-away of a walk.

Gillian Roe said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like a lovely walk. x


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