Balmaha is the most important pleasure boating centre on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond. The village lies at the base of the Conic Hill in the area of the Highland Boundary Fault. To its north lie the beautiful Scottish Highlands and to the south flatter lands lead to Glasgow, some 35 miles distant. East is the town of Drymen and west a short ferry crossing will take you to the fascinating island of Inchcailloch. Balmaha lies in an area both rich in natural beauty and steeped in history.
The village we see today came into existence largely in the 19th century when Loch Lomond was popularised as a tourist destination. At first visitors came on the steam ships which called at Balmaha’s pier. Although the steamer services are now long gone, in the summer months Balmaha’s bay is rarely empty; at times it is jam packed with all sorts of yachts, kayaks, canoes, power boats, jet-skis, etc. However, most of today’s visitors arrive in Balmaha by land rather than by water. Balmaha is an important resting point on The West Highland Way
, Scotland’s most famous and possibly most scenic walking route. Most commonly, though, the modern visitor arrives by car, which is evident from the difficulty one may encounter in finding a parking space in the village’s car park during the summer months. Regardless of the means of your arrival, Balmaha is guaranteed to take your breath away.