Balmaha, Loch Lomond, Scotland
I am very lucky to live just a few miles from Balmaha, one of my very favourite places. Not just that, but I also get to work there at least once a week.
Balmaha is a beautiful village sitting on the banks of Loch Lomond. Stand by the waters edge and you get a good view of Loch Lomond and some of its islands. Scotland’s most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond can be seen in the distance. It is in Rowardennan which is a little further up the road that follows the east side of the loch.
One of the best views of Loch Lomond is from Conic Hill, leaving Balmaha’s car park you walk the route of the West Highland Way, once you clear the forest you start to get some incredible views of the loch and its islands. This path ultimately takes you through to Drymen where I live.
One of my business clients is The Oak Tree Inn, a very successful family owned business at the heart of Balmaha. I work closely with them on marketing, including their website and social media. I have also helped to create lots of new materials for them such as menus, maps and guides etc. all of which contain imagery that I have captured of their business together with my landscapes of the area. You can also see some of my scenic photographs on the walls of their cottages and St Mocha Coffee Shop, they’re also for sale in their Village Shop.
In 2013 I produced a series of promotional videos for Love Loch Lomond for the Year of Natural Scotland. This film is from that series and was about the natural landscapes of Loch Lomond, I got to appear in the film in my role as Love Loch Lomond’s photographer. Much of this film was shot around Balmaha, including Inchcailloch Island, Loch Lomond Luxury Lodges on the Waterfront and Ben Lomond itself.
One of the best ways of exploring Loch Lomond is by boat. Twice a week the post boat visits the islands of Loch Lomond, delivering the mail to its small population. The route of the post boat provides some spectacular views. The Post Boat is operated by Balmaha Boatyard.
Take the short climb up to Craigie Fort for another good view.
A real bonus of visiting so regularly is that I can capture the change in seasons and build up a library of scenic photographs, so here are some examples from all four seasons. Hope you enjoy them.
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my photographs of Balmaha. If you get a chance to come to Loch Lomond this in my opinion is the best place to go. You can see more of my photographs and buy prints, canvases etc.at my Pictures of Scotland gallery. I would love to read any comments you may have and if you are interested in any of my media and photography services please do get in touch.
My final thought is, if you can only visit one place in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park then visit Balmaha, you won’t be disappointed!
I am a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer, I also create photography and video for business offering on-line content and marketing support. I run regular introduction to photography training courses, ideal if you you want to learn how your camera works and take better photographs. I am based in Loch Lomond and work throughout Scotland including Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. See more at my website – www.paulsaundersphotography.com or call me on 01360 661029.
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