Villages, Towns & Cities in and around the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.Aberfoyle | Arden | Ardlui-Inverarnan | Balloch | Balmaha | Balquhidder | Brig O Turk | Callander | Crianlarich | Doune | Drymen | Garelochhead | Gartmore | Helensburgh | Inchmurrin Island | Inveraray | Inverarnan | Inverbeg | Inversnaid | Killearn | Killin | Kinlochard | Lochearnhead | Lochgoilhead | Luss | Port Of Menteith | Rowardennan | St. Fillans | Stirling | Strathyre | Stronachlachar | Tarbet-Arrochar | Thornhill | Tyndrum
Balmaha (Gaelic) Baile Mothata
Balmaha is situated on the East Shores of Loch Lomond at the foot Chonic Hill. The name Balmaha comes from the Gaelic for St Maha's Place which suggests the village may have ancient origins, perhaps as a hermit's residence.
Balmaha is an ideal stop for walkers on the West Highland Way, or those climbing Conic Hill which is two miles long and is of moderate difficulty. The Highland Boundary fault runs along the summit so you can stand with one foot in the highlands and one foot in the lowlands.Here you will see tremendous views of the surrounding Loch.
A local boatyard is in operation at Balmaha jetty, where the MacFarlane family operate a regular boat and ferry route to the islands of Loch Lomond, including the beautiful Inchcailloch Island, isle of the nuns (The nuns are long gone although the chapel was still in use until 1670). Here you can visit historical sites such as castle ruins, a graveyard, as well as enjoy a stroll around this stunning island. Inchcailloch Island also has a public picnic area, complete with barbecues.
Balmaha is also an ideal spot for fishing. Fishing for Pike and Perch is free i.e. no permit is required, however boat hire, fishing gear and a permit can be obtained for those wishing to catch salmon or sea-trout. Just call at the boatyard and they will be happy to help.
Balmaha has an extensive wildlife; lampreys, powan and pike. Osprey, deer, foxes and badgers are often sighted.