Balmaha Bunkhouse / Hostel, Balmaha, Loch Lomond, G63 0JQ
Set on the banks of Loch Lomond on the West Highland Way, Balmaha Bunkhouse offers quality assured accommodation for up to 14 at an affordable price. Continental breakfast, bedding, WiFi, tea and coffee are included and there is a self-catering kitchen. The bunkhouse is ideal for hen, stag and family get togethers, corporate away-days, meetings, conferences or as a base to explore the wider area. There is a private self-catering chalet called The Roost sleeping 4 people in a double bed and one set of bunks and bed & breakfast in the main house with en suite rooms and breathtaking views over the loch. The accommodation is situated on the shores of Loch Lomond, just 5 minutes’ paddling to the first of the islands (Inchcailloch), from where you can explore other islands with ancient graveyards with the burial place of Rob Roy`s cousin and scenic landscapes. Kayaks and canadian canoes can be hired on site. Welcome to the romantic, adventurous and beautiful experience of Loch Lomond.This accommodation is featured on our map of The Trossachs and Lochaber and here is its own website.
or call Shanti and Doug on
01360 870343 Mob: 07564 923416
Bunkhouse 14: 1×6,1×4 (family),1×2 (double/twin),1×2 (twin); The Roost 4: 1×4; B&B: 1xdbl, 1×2(bunks)
Arrive 2pm-7pm, leave by 10am
£20pp. Sole use: bunkhouse £280, The Roost £80. Dog (bunkhouse only) £5, B&B £35. No cards.
Groups of 6+ only between Nov and Feb.
Opposite the bay and the telephone box. Bus stop 100m from hostel
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch then 309 Bus.
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I dropped in at Balmaha bunkhouse after taking the train from Glasgow and then the bus from Balloch. Straight away, out of Balloch, the scenery changed. High mountains on one side, too tall to see the tops from the bus window, and the glorious blue and green of Loch Lomond on the other side. The banks – those bonny banks of song – were rich with green woodland, and the loch was dominated by an archipelago. This took me by surprise, I don’t think I knew that Loch Lomond was so heavily islanded. The biggest island is Inchmurrin, but the one closest to Balmaha is Inchcailloch.
You can take the water ferry all up and down Loch Lomond, or hire a canoe from my host at Balmaha Bunkhouse but I chose to pay for one of the charming little boats to carry me across.
Visitors often jump off at the southern end, where there is a toilet block and space for your barbecue, but I climbed off the boat onto a rock jetty with rough steps cut from the face of the cliff. As I said goodbye to my transport, I genuinely felt that this island was mine and mine alone. This stayed with me as I climbed up and through the trees, following an ancient funeral route from the jetty to the clan graveyard by a ruined church. I paused there and at the peak of the hill, spellbound by the misty islands across the water. I had met no-one in all the time I explored.
Later my boat returned and I disembarked on the wooden pier right outside Balmaha Bunkhouse.
When can I go back?
Balmaha Bunkhouse provide comfortable walkers accommodation ideal for an early stop in the walk from south to north.
Balmaha Bunkhouse is right on the path of the West Highland Way on the shores of Loch Lomand. If you are walking from South to North, then Balmaha bunkhouse is perfect for the second or third night after leaving Milngavie, depending on how fast you walk. Walking from Fort William you will feel like you are nearly there by the time you stop for a night at Balmaha.
The West Highland Way follows the Loch Shores of Loch Lomand and climbs over Rannoch moor to reach Fort William in roughly a weeks walk. Most people walk from Glasgow (Milngavie) to Fort William as the southern stages along the loch shore are easier and good preparation for northern stages over the moor. Walker will pass through Carbeth, Drymen, Balmaha, Rowardennan, Inversnaid, Ardlui, Inverarnan, Crianlarich, Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Inveroran, Kingshouse, and Kinlochleven.