John Muir Way: Helensburgh to Balloch

MODERATE 2 reviews

John Muir Way: Helensburgh to Balloch is a 13.8 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Helensburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, mountain biking, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
13.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
427 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

hiking

mountain biking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

A great walk! Didn’t do the whole stretch from Balloch...instead got a relative to drop me off on the way to Balloch and hiked in a logging road that appears on the trail map as the black dotted line that ends at Craigendoran. That route took about 2 hours up and over Ben Bouie - a mountain of about a 1000ft or so...from which you get really lovely views of the Clyde and Helensburgh as well as on the way up Loch Lomond and the islands. As usual when hill walking in Scotland expect rain out of nowhere! The downhill part toward Craigendoran led through some lovely forest with rich ferns and babbling brooks and some giant slugs!! :) My 11 year old hiking buddy loved those!! Easy to spot from the huge glistening trail of goo they leave behind them!! Assuming you get some sun! ;) A great day and a nice walk into Craigendoran along some beautiful old stone walls, sheep and horse farms and typical Argyll and Bute country charm! When done head into Helensburgh and grab a 99 ice cream cone from Dino’s cafe! Stick with the vanilla!! Believe me!! It’s amaaaazing!! Best I’ve ever had! And then walk Helensburgh’s lovely seashore and boardwalk toward Rhu Spit (point)...and keep watch for washed up jelly fish and a seal that occasionally adorns the Helensburgh pier! Honestly just a lovely town and a great day of walking!