Take in the view at Cruach Tairbeirt
Trails around the hill above Tarbet village will give you wonderful views of the Arrochar Alps – the impressive mountains clustered round the head of Loch Long.
Our guide to Argyll Forest Park will help you explore Cruach Tairbeirt and other woodlands in this wonderful part of Scotland.
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The nearest public toilets are in Tarbet village. You’ll find places to eat in the village, or just down the road from the station.
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.
2 ½ miles / 3.9 km Allow 1½ hour
Cruach Tairbeirt Trail
Climb the hillside above Tarbet village through charming mixed woodland to reach towering conifers and forest glens.
Long steep slopes for up to 400m. Uneven gravel and rocky surface with some rough sections. Includes two shallow fords and some very muddy sections. Two bridges.
2 ½ miles / 4.1 km Allow 1½ hours
Mountain biking trails
The low, narrow strip of land that separates Loch Lomond from Loch Long was cut by glaciers thousands of years ago. The village name, Tarbet, means a place of portage – somewhere you could drag boats across from one body of water to the next.
In 1263 a Viking raiding party even hauled longships through the gap, hoping to attack settlements on Loch Lomond. The trip 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. The railway station slip road is about half a mile further on your right.
There are no parking facilities here. The nearest public car park is in Arrochar Village, at the head of Loch Long.
G83 7DA is the nearest postcode.
It’s very easy to get here by public transport: trains and buses between Glasgow and Oban serve the Arrochar and Tarbet railway station, right at the start of the trails. You'll find details of services at Traveline Scotland.
Arrochar is the starting point for classic hill walks up The Cobbler and Beinn Narnain. 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.
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