Balmaha

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Balmaha
Scottish Gaelic: Baile MoThatha
Main Street, Balmaha.JPG
The Main Street in Balmaha
Balmaha is located in Stirling
Balmaha
Balmaha
 Balmaha shown within the Stirling council area
OS grid reference NS420909
Civil parish Buchanan
Council area Stirling
Lieutenancy area Stirling and Falkirk
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Glasgow
Postcode district G63
Dialling code 01360
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Stirling
Scottish Parliament Stirling
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 56°05′02″N 4°32′24″W / 56.084°N 4.540°W / 56.084; -4.540

The harbor and boat yard on Loch Lomond at Balmaha

Balmaha (Gaelic: Baile MoThatha) is a village on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond in the council area of Stirling, Scotland.

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 30 kilometres (20 miles) along the West Highland Way.

Etymology[edit]

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 medieval Gaelic and Welsh use. She is also commemorated in a well in the hills above the village, St Maha's Well.

Facilities[edit]

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. Further along the road is Milarrochy Bay.

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