Balloch to Rowardennan - Scotland

August 01, 2017

It was a big project. Start in Balloch, in the south of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, go to the North by the right side of the Loch and then take a ferry in Rowardennan to join Tarbet, a little city on the left side of the Loch. Stay in Tarbet and visit the surroundings and then get back to Balloch.

First day

No time to rest after the horrible Ryanair flight from Brussels to Glasgow !
We directly get out of the airport, took the bus and after arriving in Balloch, join the nature to find a wild camping site.

Second day

On awakening from a horrible first night in a creepy little wood, we had to move to Balmaha, a cute little city in the East of the Loch. After some adventures in cold streams and wide plains in front of Scottish mountains, we had to join the Sallochy campsite, a place where you can put your tent on the Loch beach legally.

After a little break in Balmaha, we followed the West Highland Way, a 150 km path crossing a part of Scotland from Glasgow to Fort William and which is passing by the Sallochy camp site.

We arrived at the camp site just before the night. Like bad experimented backpackers, we made some noodles and took a cold shower in the foggy Loch after putting our tent in front of it.

Third day

Better night than the first one. When we woke up, we couldn't see the top of the mountains due to a dense fog. This was going to be a big day, we had to go up to Rowardennan, in another campsite.

We finally joined a little hostel in Rowardennan, at the bottom of the big Ben Lomond.

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