Rest and Be Thankful
A place to linger
Just a viewpoint – but what a view! The road has climbed to 800 feet (246m) 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. The Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group has lots of information about the history of the area.
Enjoy a cuppa
There’s usually a van here serving snacks and drinks. You can find other places to eat in Arrochar, Lochgoilhead or at the head of Loch Fyne, towards Inverary. The nearest public toilets are in Arrochar and Lochgoilhead, or the entrance to Ardgartan.
Mountain biking trails
A mountain on the move
In early days visitors held the passage of Glen Croe in much the same kind of awe as that of Glen Coe. Sarah Murray, a bold English traveller from 1799, thought it was "one of the most formidable, as well as most gloomy passes in the Highlands, amongst such black, bare, craggy, tremendous mountains, as must shake the nerves of every timorous person."
The easy gradients of the new road have taken the terror out of the glen, but it still poses challenges. The slopes of the hills above the pass are unstable, and landslides sometimes block the road.
How to get here
From Glasgow, follow the A82 along Loch Lomond. Then follow the A83 towards Oban, Inveraray and Dunoon. The car park is at grid reference NN 229 074.
G83 7AS is the nearest postcode, a little way down the hill towards Arrochar.
Buses between Glasgow and Oban pass through Rest and Be Thankful. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
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