Balmaha

Toilets Family Friendly Public Transport Paths Refreshments Dogs Welcome Parking Public Access Disabled Toilets On Long Distance Path Coach Parking Gift Shop Picnic Tables

Site Location

OS Landranger Map: 56

OS Grid Reference: NS421909

Latitude: 56.084

Longitude: -4.54

View from Conic Hill over Loch Lomond

At Balmaha, take a walk along the Highland Boundary Fault zone, evidence of a time where Scotland was split into a series of mini continents, known as “terranes”. Enjoy a mixture of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, and stunning views across Loch Lomond.

The “Balmaha  – a short geological trail” leaflet is available here. A more detailed excursion itinerary can be found here.

Balmaha lies within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. A report from BGS gives an overview of geodiversity in the National Park.

Strathclyde Geoconservation Group members have created a series of short information sheets to help introduce local geology to a wider audience.  The Highland Boundary Fault zone at Balmaha is one such site.The information sheet gives a brief overview of the significance of the Highland Boundary Fault zone.

Public transport to Balmaha is a local bus service from Balloch via Drymen. Balloch can be reached by bus or suburban train from Glasgow. There is a charge for use of the Stirling Council car park in Balmaha. Refreshments are available at the pub and cafes in the village and there is a village shop. Toilets are available at the NP Visitor Centre.

The Highland Boundary Fault separates the Highlands from the Lowlands with metamorphic rocks to the north and sedimentary rocks to the south.