Camping on the shore of Loch Lomond
This is the best camp site along the Westhighland Way! Run by the Forestry Commision with no facilities, except for water,
on the shore of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond towering above ... My tent is somewhere on this photo!

Milngavie to Drymen - 19.5 km (12 m)

"Glasgow is a good place to get out of." So, get your backpack and follow the signs out of Milngavie and into the pleasant, rolling hills. Across open moorland, woods of birch and oak, alongside Craigallian Loch the Way is heading north towards Strath Blane and the Campsie Fells. From the ridge crest at Carbeth you descent into Strath Blane where a nice, easy stroll starts through the most domestic and richest farmland along the Way, all the way to Drymen. Drymen is the first and the last large village with shops and pubs all the way to Crainlarich.

Ben Lomond, things to come
Things to come. From a camp site near Drymen one can see Ben Lomond in the distance.

Drymen to Rowardennan
- 22.5 km (13¾ m)

Starting of with a nice ascent to Conic Hill with a beautiful view of the lowlands you passed on your way to Drymen, and excellent views of Loch Lomond and the mountains to come. After descending into Balmaha the Way turns to the shores of Loch Lomond. Passing through beautiful open oak wood, and along small beaches the path between the loch and Ben Lomond reaches Rowardennan. There is only a hotel, a youth hostel, and a very small Forestry Commission camp site (see photo at the top of the page) all near the shores of the lake. Rowardennan is also the starting point of the path up to Ben Lomond (974 m, 3195 ft), a good half-day walk if the weather is fair. Ben Lomond is also Scotlands most southernly Munro.

Rowardennan to Inverarnan - 22.5 km (13¾ m)

From Rowardennan to the head of Loch Lomond the Way holds the eastern shore of the loch. Sometimes close to the water's edge, sometimes well up the slopes. The first part of this stretch to Inversnaid is a traverse through woodland under the steep flanks of Ben Lomond. An alternative route follows the shoreline more closely. The second part from Inversnaid to Inverarnan is probably the roughest part of the whole Way. The east shore of Loch Lomond falls in steep, broken, thickly wooded slope to the loch. The Way crosses these wooded slopes just above the water edge, with a good deal of strenuous up and down work. Take your time when you're carrying a backpack ... slippery when wet! Reaching the head of the loch the top of Cnap Mor gives a last superlative viewpoint across Loch Lomond. Inverarnan at the beginning of Glen Falloch is the end of this stretch.

looking back across Loch Lomond Footpath just north of Rowardennan
left - Looking back across Loch Lomond from Cnap Mor.
right - North of Rowardennan, along the shore of Loch Lomond