When I think of Scotland, I think of stunning natural beauty, fresh air swooping down from the mountains, green hills and beautiful lakes. And this is exactly (and even more) what hiking at Conic Hill near Loch Lomond looked like!
Is not that the view of your dreams, right there? In my dreamland, I would win the lottery and then buy a house on top of Conic Hill to wake up to this view everyday…but for the time being I am just glad I had John, our awesome guide from Experience Scotland’s Wild to take us around this pathway and let us enjoy these stunning views of Loch Lomond on this sunny, brilliant day!
On Sunday morning we were picked up by John from our hotel, he has one of these spacious vans that can take you anywhere and he has even lined some patches on the inside of the van with a countryside themed tapisserie, talking about dedication to his work!
He drove us to Balmaha, a small village close to Balloch, where it was the hike starting point. We parked in the car parking space, John gave us a bottle of water each and off we went!
The hiking was on a pace that I could follow while asking questions, filming and taking pictures, and John was such a pleasure to talk to, he was telling us stories about the locals, life in Balloch, and he also told us all the facts about Loch Lomond (did you know that the maximum depth is 190m!), which kept us fascinating for the entire duration of our wee escapade!
We would occasionally stop at the top of hills to take pictures and take a breath, but our eyes were wide open when we reached the top of the hill….the view was BREATH-TAKING to say the least. I couldn’t believe that this place, right there in front of my eyes was in Scotland. Wathcing the white boats float on the water, it really felt as if we were in Monaco, or somewhere in the Med.
Steven and I kept saying that we HAVE to come back one day and that it is not a long drive from Aberdeen and we could even visit on a monthly basis, instead of hiking the good old Bennachie.
Meanwhile, John surprised us by opening a bottle of whisky and a box of Walkers shortbread, I mean could it get any better and any more Scottish than this?
We stayed there on the top of Conic Hill, feeling the refreshing breeze on our face (it was a sunny, warm day so that breeze was such a relief!), sipping whisky, eating biscuits and absorbing it all in.
You must go and take this tour yourself to see what it felt like but for the time being I hope my pictures are good enough to give you an idea.
Next, we went for a pretty slice of cake and a strong cup of coffee in Balmaha, but more on this later today…
Thank you John from Experience Scotland’s Wild for the lovely tour, it was great fun!