Hayley here! I grew up in Balmaha by Loch Lomond, and you honestly could not pick a prettier, more idyllic place to live as a child. My dad runs a boatyard in the tiny hamlet, and I have a dog there, so I head on over to Balmaha often to get a break from the city and to see my family. I invariably end up taking lots of photos of the loch and the surrounding area. Here’s a small selection of them to give you an idea of just how gorgeous this corner of the country is.
Still not convinced? Absolutely go and give Balmaha a visit to change your mind – take the little wooden ferry over to Inch Cailloch and walk up to the island’s summit for some truly spectacular views. The island also boasts a very old graveyard (hailing all the way back to the 15th century, at least) which includes the remains of the ancient church that used to preside there. Not your thing? The other side of the island contains a wonderful cove with a sandy beach, spaces for BBQs and limited camping space. If you stay the night (booking through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park), you may even spot one or two of the deer living on the island. If you’re truly lucky, you may spot the very rare white stag!
There’s plenty more to do in Balmaha and in the surrounding area – even when the weather isn’t so great – so if you ever find yourself in Scotland (or live here), head on over to Balmaha and enjoy a walk, a boat ride, and some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see.