Walkers looking for somewhere scenic to get their new year exercise are being encouraged to pay a visit to 'one of Scotland's most photographed trees' on the banks of Loch Lomond.

The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha has shared some walking inspiration tips on social media on how to make the most of some of Scotland's best scenery.

And at the top of their list is the 'Lone Tree' at Milarrochy Bay on the eastern shore of the loch.

The tree at Milarrochy - actually an oak tree, even though its appearance isn't quite as majestic as its bigger brothers - has long been a favourite with amateur and professional photographers alike.

It was nominated as one of the finalists in the competition to be named Scotland's Tree of the Year in 2020 - and though it didn't win the prize it remains a popular subject for photographers, many of whom can't resist stopping for a scenic snap on their walk along the nearby West Highland Way.

In a Facebook post the business said: "We are starting off with a gentle walk along the shoreline where you will end up at "The Lone Tree" one of Scotland's most photographed trees!

"Park in Balmaha car park which is situated directly opposite the Oak Tree Inn (there is an overflow carpark further down, should the car park be full).

"Follow the shoreline until you arrive at Balmaha pier, take a right, and carry on along the metal bridge.

"Keep walking for about 25 minutes along the West Highland Way path where you will then end up at Milarrochy Bay and will be able to instantly see the "lone tree".

"You can make this walk a circuit by taking the road on the way back. Come out of Millarochy car park, turn right and continue the road back to Balmaha."

Explaining just why the Milarrochy oak was chosen as a Tree of the Year finalist in 2020, the competition judges said: "This tenacious little tree is in a picturesque bay on Loch Lomond near the village of Balmaha, in Scotland’s first National Park and on the route of the famous West Highland Way.

"Standing not quite in and not quite out of the loch it has survived despite its less than ideal location.

"Its contorted appearance and exposed roots, together with its scenic backdrop have made it a subject for countless photographers.

"The tree defies logic and shows the power of nature and the resilience that exists around us.