Take to the hills at Arrochar
The mountains clustered round the head of Loch Long are known as ‘The Arrochar Alps’, and they’re some of the finest features in the Argyll Forest Park. The car park here, run by Argyll and Bute Council, is the starting point for hill walks that climb through the forest and up to the triple fangs of The Cobbler or to Beinn Narnain. See the Activities tab for more about them, or try the waymarked trail up Glen Loin if you fancy something gentler.
Our guide to Argyll Forest Park will help you explore Arrochar and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.
Recharge your batteries
You'll find places to eat and public toilets close by in Arrochar village.
Mountain biking trails
A tale of two hills
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).
You need to allow about 7 hours for the 7 ½ mile / 12 km trip. Signs will guide you to the edge of the forest. After that you’ll be on open hill ground, where the route is unmarked. You’ll find route details at Munromagic and Walkscotland. Check our advice on hill walking before you set off.
Get here by boat - overland
Arrochar, on the shore of Loch Long, is a twin to Tarbet, on Loch Lomond. The two settlements are separated by a pass just 130 feet (40m) above sea level: low enough to drag boats from one body of water to the next. The name ‘Tarbet’ actually comes from old Irish words meaning ‘carrying across’.
In 1263 a bold Viking raiding party hauled their longships overland from Arrochar to Loch Lomond and back again. Their expedition later came to a sticky end in a stormy sea battle at Largs.
The Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group has lots of information about the history of this area.
How to get here
From Glasgow, follow the A82 along the western shore of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. Take the A83 signposted for Campbeltown and on to Arrochar. Follow the road round the head of the loch and the car park is on your left. The car park is at grid reference NN 294 048.
G83 7AP is the nearest postcode.
Buses between Glasgow and Oban pass Arrochar, and the Arrochar and Tarbet railway station is about 1 ¼ miles / 2 km away. You'll find details of bus and train services at Traveline Scotland.
If the weather’s not looking good for hill walks, there are low level waymarked trails at Cruach Tairbeirt. At Ardgartan, just up the road, you’ll find lots of great cycling trails around the forests above Loch Long. Lochgoilhead offers some magical walks in a beautiful setting that feels miles away from the world’s cares.
All these places are in the Argyll Forest Park, which has more fabulous forests to discover.
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