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Please be aware that as of Monday 24 October 2022, there will be no weekday access between Ardgartan and the Rest & B Thankful.  This is due to tree felling taking place which requires the machines to be working from the forest road.  The route will be open at weekends when work is not taking place.

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One of Scotland's classic views

Just a viewpoint – but what a view! The road has climbed to 800 feet here as it crosses the mountains between Loch Long and Loch Fyne. For part of the way, it follows the line of the military road built in 1753: the soldiers who built it gave the pass its name.

There’s a marker stone recording the history of the pass at the bottom of the car park, just where the old road comes in.

Facilities and access

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Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access

Regardless of the time of year, you'll likely find a popular catering van serving snacks and drinks at the car park. The nearest public toilets are down the glen at the entrance to our Ardgartan trails.

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.

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Getting here

This is an easy place to spot. The large car park is at the top of a long glen as the A83 rises west from Arrochar and Loch Long.

Using SatNav?

G83 7AS is the nearest postcode, a little way down the hill towards Arrochar.

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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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Cones on a twig

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Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
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Aerial view of motorway from high up in forest, Ardgartan, Argyll Forest Park

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Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Cycling
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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

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