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Dog Days Out Adventure : Conic Hill

Coming up with new ideas to have a dog days out adventure with your dog can be tricky, which is why The Dog Witch runs this Blog series. 

Here dog owners can have access to already tried and tested walks, with all the important details included. 

This latest adventure covers the short but steep climb up Conic Hill in Balmaha for those who like a bit more of a challenge.

Let’s get started

Located in the heart of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Conic Hill offers a fantastic hike with breathtaking views. 

Starting from the car park at the Balmaha Visitor Centre, this trail is not only popular among hikers but also a haven for dogs. 

Where to start

This adventure begins at the Balmaha Visitor Centre car park, this is ideal as it is well-equipped with facilities such as toilets and information about the local area. 

Suitable footwear as well as water and snacks for both humans and dogs is advisable. 

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Initial Path

From the car park, follow the well-signposted path leading towards Conic Hill. 

The initial stretch is a gentle walk through a wooded area, providing a cool and shaded start to the hike.

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Forest Trail

The path continues through a dense forest, this section is moderately steep but manageable.

Dogs will enjoy all the sights and smells this area has to offer. 

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The main climb

After leaving the forest, there is a short but steep climb to the first landing point, however even on a dull day the views make it all worthwhile. 

Loch Lomond starts to become visible at this point. 

The path becomes steeper and rockier, but it’s a great challenge for dogs, allowing them to exercise their natural agility.

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The Final Push

The final part of the hike is the steepest. 

The rocky and uneven path requires careful navigation, especially in wet or muddy conditions. 

At the summit, stunning panoramic views of Loch Lomond, its islands, and the surrounding hills are the reward for all the effort.

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After taking time to drink in the views, head back down for a well deserved treat. 

St Mocha Coffee and The Oak Tree Inn both have dog friendly areas and offer a wide variety of food and drinks. Stopping at one of these places in the perfect way to end the adventure!

Taking dogs on a slightly bigger walk has its advantages:

Physical Exercise

The varied terrain of Conic Hill provides an excellent workout for dogs, the mix of gentle slopes and steeper climbs helps build strength and stamina.

Mental Stimulation

The varied scents, sights, and sounds along the trail keeps dogs mentally stimulated. 

The forested areas are rich with wildlife and natural stimuli that dogs love to explore.


Conic Hill is a popular spot, so there are plenty of friends to meet along the way. 

Natural Environment

The fresh air, open spaces, and the natural surroundings contribute to dog’s overall well-being.

Plenty of areas to cool off and rest 

The wooded sections and occasional streams provide perfect spots for dogs to cool down and relax. 

Top tips for taking your dog out on longer walks

  • Observe the rules of the countryside
  • Keep dogs on lead near sheep and roads
  • Keep hydrated
  • Keep dog’s paws protected
  • Clean up after your dog – there are bind located at the start and finish

This adventure is a rewarding experience for both dogs and humans alike. 

The combination of physical exercise, mental stimulation, and stunning natural scenery makes it a great day out. 

You can find full details of the route covered and more photos/ videos of what to expect in The Dog Witch Social Facebook page, we would love to have you as part of our gang!

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We hope you found this Blog inspiring and try this adventure with your dog! 

See you on the next Blog

Lisa and Zak xx

Team – The Dog Witch 

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