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A decent hike followed by a well earned pint
There's nothing better than relaxing with a nice cold drink after finishing a good long walk. Here on the banks of Loch Lomond we some amazing walks with a welcoming pub or inn at the end. Here are my top 3 suggestions:
1. Conic Hill finishing at the Oak Tree Inn at Balmaha -
The Conic Hill lies between the villages of Drymen and Balmaha on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond and can be accessed by bus, bike or car from Drymen or Balmaha. The Conic forms part of the Highland Boundary Fault Line-where the Highlands meet the Lowlands- and as you descend into the village of Balmaha the view looking over the islands on Loch Lomond is spectacular. The Oak Tree Inn
awaits at the bottom of the hill with a welcome pint and is popular with walkers doing the West Highland Way. The Oak Tree also have a micro-brewery producing beers, ales and ciders, which are all served in the bar, and their St.Mocha Coffee Shop also has an excellent selection of teas and coffees and home baking.2. Beinn Dubh finishing at the Loch Lomond Arms in Luss -
Beinn Dubh stands high above the pretty conservation village of Luss and offers fantastic views over Loch Lomond. The path starts in the car park and takes between 3-4 hours, with the option to include Mid Hill. Arriving back in the village, the Loch Lomond Arms
is a country pub serving local fayre and craft ales. On a cold day you can sit inside and enjoy the warmth of the log fire. 3. Inversnaid to Inverarnan finishing at the Drovers Inn
- After a long days walk along a section of the West Highland Way, following the most remote bank of Loch Lomond, a stop at The Drovers Inn
is well deserved. The Drovers Inn is an experience in it's own right! Being one of Scotland's oldest pubs, its quirky interior and lively bar has a great atmosphere. Oh...and remember to look out for the resident ghost!!What's your favorite hike and pint?