Monday, 18 July 2016

conic hill

One of the things about being a permanent resident in another country is that after the first few months, you stop becoming a tourist and just sort there. The touristy trips get further and further apart while you carry on living a normal life. Who can be bothered to get up early on a Saturday morning to go see something you can see next Saturday?

I hate to say it, but that's how it's been for me the past couple of years. Sometimes I forget just how much there is I haven't seen around me. Luckily there's nothing like out-of-town guests to give you the travel bug for your own area. Over the Easter weekend, we hosted two fabulous friends from Stockholm and used their presence as an excuse to get out and see some of Scotland.

I'm not a granola person.

I don't mean that I don't like granola (I love it), but more that I'm not one of those people who spends every weekend in the mountains, starting campfires and fearlessly rocketing down natural waterfalls. I'm more of a suburban wilderness explorer - I like to pee in actual toilets, thankyouverymuch. When we decided to get out and adventure in Scotland's wilderness, I thought that a short day hike would really be more my style. After doing some research we found that Conic Hill was relatively accessible and off we went!

We started by getting the train to Glasgow Central, and then from there the train up to Balloch. After a quick stop for tea, we took bus 309 to Balmaha. If you're not sure where the bus stops, there's a travel center just opposite the train station. The bus will drop you off in a parking lot (with an information center and toilets) and the entrance to the walk is at the back of the lot.

We packed our lunch of leftover Easter-ham sandwiches and lemon cake, plus some Easter eggs for a belated egg hunt, and made our way up the hill.

First you pass through a very ~enchanted~ forest before beginning the climb. There are stairs in some areas and more than one place to stop for photos before getting to the top.

It was a bit slippy in areas - this is Scotland and it rains all the time - but we managed to finish without any incidents. And it was definitely worth the effort!

There were plenty of other people making the trek with us, including families with small children. The top of the hill has a relatively large space to sit an enjoy a picnic, though I was definitely grateful for my jacket as the winds were quite fierce.

It's always nice to be reminded of just how beautiful our world is. You don't need to go to far-flung places for it -- half the time it's just here, waiting for us on our doorsteps.



  1. Looks like a fairy tale, cloney!!! So beautiful. (Also, amen to not being a granola person. Give me amenities or leave me home.)

    1. I'm like, a moderate granola person. I can semi rough it for about a week and then I'm like, nope, give me my memory foam topper and my interwebs, please.

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    1. Thanks! Here's hoping we get back that way someday soon :)


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