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Arrochar

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our Covid-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.

About

Start your hillwalk up The Arrochar Alps

The mountains clustered around the head of Loch Long are known as The Arrochar Alps and are renowned amongst Glasgow hillwalkers. The car park here is the starting point for long, tough walks that climb through the forest up to the triple fangs of The Cobbler or to the Munro tops of Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime.

Relative to those climbs, the waymarked trail around Glen Loin is a straightforward stroll along wide paths and forest tracks. However, at 11 miles it's still a long day out, although you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Activities

Hillwalking

The most popular hill in the area is The Cobbler (or Ben Arthur), with its distinctive rocky summit that’s supposed to look like a cobbler hammering at a shoe. Beinn Narnain, just next door, is a Munro (one of Scotland’s mountains over 3,000 feet). It can be linked up with an even more distant Munro, Beinn Ime, for a truly epic high hillwalk. Find details of the routes at WalkHighlands:

These walks are unmarked and cover a mix of steep, rocky and open ground. They should be attempted by experienced hillwalkers only.

A walk through Glen Loin

Another popular walk from Arrochar is the 11 mile loop through Glen Loin. It's a straightforward if long and remote route, so do come prepared with food, drink and clothing for all weathers:

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Mountain access
Mountain access

The nearest public toilets, shops and cafés are in Arrochar village on the other side of the loch.

Car parking information

This car park is managed by Argyll and Bute Council. Please visit Argyll and Bute Council for charges, terms of parking and ways to pay. FLS parking passes or tickets are not valid in this car park. Please park with care and consideration.

Getting here

There are two council run car parks on the south side of the A83 as it curves around the head of Loch Long near Arrochar village. The one to the west provides easier access to the wood, although both car parks are connected by a footpath which stays away from the main road.

Using SatNav?

G83 7AP is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses heading from Glasgow to Inveraray and beyond stop in Arrochar village. Arrochar & Tarbet train station is a pleasant 1½ mile walk along a forest path from the car park. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Nearby forests

Forest view to poen hillside at Cruach Tairbeirt

Follow the path of 13th century Viking raiders

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Distance from 'Arrochar': 0.76 miles
Lonely pine tree on hillside looking across to forest and large mountain

Endless trails through an area of vast natural beauty

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking icon
Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Arrochar': 1.20 miles
A tree covered mountainside viewed through leaves on branches

A scenic stop off on the iconic Rest and Be Thankful

Facilities and activities
Parking icon
Parking
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Arrochar': 1.42 miles

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