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Cruach Tairbeirt

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  • 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.
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About

Follow the path of 13th century Viking raiders

Trails around the hill above the villages of Arrochar and Tarbet will give you wonderful views of the Arrochar Alps – the impressive mountains clustered round the head of Loch Long.

These pretty woods nestle above the pass through which warlike Norsemen once land-hauled their longships from Loch Long to Loch Lomond. In 1263 a Viking raiding party hauled longships through this part of the forest, hoping to attack settlements on Loch Lomond. However, the trip came to a sticky end in a stormy sea battle at Largs.

Guide map to Argyll Forest Park (PDF 4.6MB)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Arrochar Trail

Linking Arrochar and Tarbet Station, this path passes through attractive birchwoods and provides wonderful views across Loch Long to the Arrochar Alps. 

Uneven gravel path with some short rocky sections. Long steep slopes. Some sections may be muddy.

Strenuous trail grade icon
2 ½ miles / 3.9 km

Allow
1½ hour

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking

The nearest public toilets are in Tarbet village. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in both Tarbet and Arrochar.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

The trails can be accessed from the underpass at Arrochar & Tarbet train station. You can also access the west end of the Arrochar Trail from the steps opposite the Arrochar Tea Room

There are no parking facilities here. The nearest public car parks are in Arrochar to the west or Tarbet to the east.

Using SatNav?

G83 7DA is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Trails start from Arrochar & Tarbet railway station, where there is also a bus stop. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Nearby forests

Landscape view over the tops of conifer trees to a narrow loch with steep sided and wooded slopes under a blue and cloudy sky.

Start your hillwalk up The Arrochar Alps

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Mountain access
Mountain access
Distance from 'Cruach Tairbeirt': 0.76 miles
Aerial view of motorway from high up in forest, Ardgartan, Argyll Forest Park

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 'Cruach Tairbeirt': 1.77 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 'Cruach Tairbeirt': 2.10 miles

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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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