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Gaelic: Baile MoThatha
Balmaha Boat Yard.jpg
The harboir and boat yard on Loch Lomond at Balmaha
Grid reference: NS420909
Location: 56°5’2"N, 4°32’24"W
Post town: Glasgow
Postcode: G63
Dialling code: 01360
Local Government
Council: Stirling

Balmaha is a village on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond in Stirlingshire.

The village is a popular tourist destination for picnickers and day trippers from Glasgow as well as walkers on the West Highland Way. Boat trips leave from Balmaha for the town of Balloch and the village of Luss as well as nearby Inchcailloch Island.[1]

Balmaha sits at the westerly foot of Conic Hill, and is roughly 20 miles along the West Highland Way.


The name Balmaha derives from the Gaelic Bealach Mo-Cha, 'the pass of Saint Mo-Cha'. The pass referred to is now named The Pass of Balmaha, a narrow route between hills at the north end of the village, carrying the road north along Loch Lomond. The saint referred to is Kentigerna, patron saint of the parish who was culted especially on the nearby island of Inchcailloch ('Island of Nuns'). Mo-Cha is a 'hypocoristic' form of her name, a sort of devotional nickname, common in mediæval Gaelic and Welsh use. She is also commemorated in a well in the hills above the village, St Maha's Well.


The village has a visitor centre for the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.[2] It also has a restaurant and Bed and Breakfast, the Oak Tree Inn, a bar and a shop. It is also the home of St Mocha coffee shop and ice cream parlour selling homemade ice cream, loose leaf teas and locally roasted coffee all perfectly crafted by none other than the famous 'Begonna'. Further along the road is Milarrochy Bay.

The Main Street in Balmaha

Outside links

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about Balmaha)


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