Five of the Best Hikes Within One Hour of Glasgow

From a gentle stroll along the West Highland Way to an invigorating trek at Loch Lomond, these are our favourite hikes within one hour of Glasgow.

Scotland might be known for the dramatic hiking trails on its remote northern coastline, but you needn't look far from the country's biggest cities to find somewhere for a good day's hike. With this in mind, we've gathered a handful of our favourite jaunts within one hour of Glasgow. Just don't forget to check the weather forecast first.

Scottish strolls: our favourite day hikes around Glasgow

Ben Lomond

Officially crowned the most-climbed munro in Scotland, Ben Lomond's main artery up to the peak is often overcrowded, so we say take the back route up Ptarmigan Ridge instead. Not only will you avoid the crowds, you'll also avoid backtracking on yourself by making the route circular. En route you'll pass a waterfall, several cottages and a handful of deceiving false peaks, before reaching the top, with its spectacular views of Loch Lomond National Park. Just don't forget your crampons.

Drumfrochar to Wemyss Bay

Winding between two train stations, this is the perfect spot for those looking to stretch their legs without having to drive. Set off from the lofty Greenock Cut aqueduct, then amble across a stone bridge and onwards through great swathes of wild moorland. You'll pass several peaks along the way, before reaching the mirror-still, midnight-blue waters of Kelly Reservoir. From here, it's just a 30-minute stroll to Wemyss Bay, from where you can catch the train straight back to Glasgow. Alternatively, choose to linger a while and drink in the little cove's hypnotic sea views across to the Isle of Bute.

Helensburgh to Balloch on the John Muir Way

Taking in Helensburgh's quiet roads and grassy paths, this laid-back ramble covers the first 15km of the John Muir Way - a long-distance coast-to-coast trail crisscrossing Scotland. After passing through tranquil woods, you'll reach the top of a gentle munro, before being enchanted by 360-degree views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding Trossachs. The trail ends in Balloch, where you'll find Balloch Castle and the Maid of the Loch - the last paddle steamer to have been built in Britain.

Conic Hill

This short but steep hike on the West Highland Way forms part of the Highland Boundary Fault, which separates the Highlands to the north from the southerly lowlands. Easily reachable by bus from Glasgow city centre, the sharp conical mount looks out to mesmerising views over the whole of Loch Lomond and its peppering of islets, making it an easy win for new hillwalkers looking to gently challenge themselves in return for a great reward.

Earl's Seat

Short but steep, the trek up to Earl's Seat takes you up Dumgoyne, one of the lesser-trodden munros in the Campsie Hills. Pop into the 1833-established Glengoyne Distillery - a postcard-pretty whisky producer - for a quick dram, then climb up to Earl's Seat and back down along the edge of the escarpment. At just a 20-minute bus ride north of Glasgow, you can be up and down the hill in time for high tea.

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