An inviting path and a cosy pub or cafe are ingredients for brilliant days out, whether braving the elements in the Highlands, crunching over fresh frost in the Midlands, or squishing through Yorkshire mud
Overlooking the quaint village of Balmaha, Conic Hill is the perfect walk for these short wintry days. A mere hour’s drive from Glasgow transports you into the fresh, natural surroundings of Loch Lomond’s eastern shores. The reasonably straightforward route begins and ends at the back of the main car park. If you can prise your eyes from the incredible views of the loch, islands and distant Arrochar Alps, it can be done in about three hours. Afterwards, slink across the road for the Oak Tree Inn’s beer-battered haddock (£12.95), a wee dram and a well-earned rest.