One hundred years ago, on 29th December 1914, Tom Weir was born in the Springburn district of Glasgow. To celebrate his work as writer, climber and broadcaster a statue has been erected in Balmaha, on the east bank of Loch Lomond. Cast in bronze, it’s relaxed and lifelike and in a beautiful setting. It’s a fitting tribute to a man who did so much to bring Scotland’s great outdoors to the fore.
With hills to climb, islands to explore and the West Highland Way running by, Balmaha is a lovely spot to spend a day. The Oak Tree Inn provides good food and comfortable surroundings, there’s a shop and the National Park Visitor Centre. Take the mail boat out to the islands, climb Conic Hill, cycle to Rowardennan or just stroll along the shore of Loch Lomond – you’ll not be disappointed.
And give Tom a nod of thanks as you go by – he deserves it!