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Explore the walks and scrambles of the Loch Lomond and Trossach hills with a Cicerone guidebook

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14 Feb 2013
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.9cm
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14 May 2009
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Walking Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

by Ronald Turnbull
Book published by Cicerone Press

A guide to walking and scrambling routes in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in the Southern Highlands of Scotland. Over 70 walks to all 21 Munros summits and 30 lesser hills, including the Cobbler, Arrochar Alps and Ben Lui. A good introduction to walking in the Scottish Highlands.

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Guidebook to 73 walking routes in the hills of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in Scotland's Southern Highlands. Including 21 Munros on less-popular routes, as well plenty of Corbetts and Grahams. Hill summits of Ben Lomond, the Cobbler, Ben Lui and the Arrochar Alps have plenty of routes to explore. The routes in this guide range from 1 to 17 miles, and are clearly graded for distance and difficulty, as well as dividing between low-level, mid-level and mountain walks. From short, loch-side strolls suitable for all walkers, to long, challenging mountains routes with rocky scrambling, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs hills have plenty to offer all walkers. 

The glen and mountains walks in this guide are divided into area: the Trossachs, Callander and Loch Lubnaig, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead, Crianlarich to Inveraran, Tyndrum, Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond West, Arrochar Alps and Glen Croe to Loch Goil.

The hills and glens of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond are the first of the Highlands as you come from the south and first in the affections of many hill-goers. Slightly less savage than their northern counterparts, they have a rugged charm all their own. Their ridges are wrinkly schist and grassy picnic places, their lower slopes are oakwoods and ferries cruise the lochs in between. This guidebook includes plenty of background information on the area, as well as practical information on getting to and around the region's walks, as well as advice on accommodation, what equipment to take, when to go, as well as interesting details on the Schist rock that makes the hills, and important information on access in the hills and Scottish estates.

  • over 70 routes, all illustrated with OS mapping
  • many routes on the Cobbler, Arrochar Alps, and Ben Lui
  • routes to all 21 Munros and 30 lesser hills
  • selected scrambles including all three tops of the Cobbler
  • notes on access, public transport and accommodation
  • Activities
    walking, scrambling
  • Seasons
    low-level routes best April to June, September to October; snow on the tops possible December to April; deer stalking August to October, leading to some restrictions on access
  • Centres
    Crianlarich, Callander, Arrochar, Lochgoilhead, Ardlui, Tyndrum, Lochearnhead, Aberfoyle, Balloch
  • Difficulty
    walks graded 1 to 5 from clear smooth paths with no steep sections to remote, pathless routes requiring navigation skills, long steep ascents and scrambling
  • Must See
    21 Munros including Ben Lomond, Ben More and Ben Lui and 30 smaller hills including The Cobbler and Ben Ledi; best section of the West Highland Way; wildflowers; oakwoods

October 2015

Route 42, page 175 of the printed book

After passing above Ptarmigan Lodge, look out for a good path forking down left. This well built path runs along the steep woods above the loch, and is better than the old line of the WHW, which followed the track above. It runs down to little bays, round small promontories and through plantations.
After 4km the path passes Rowchoish Bothy. SIDEBAR: The bothy hosts a sex scene with Scarlett Johansson in the very odd movie 'Under the Skin' (2013) The path then rejoins the track above. This track immediately reduces to a lovely woodland path to the white-painted Cailness cottage.

The deer fence that guides up Cruinn a' Bheinn has been removed. If you approach the summit from the northwest, you'll find a grassy band leading up through the steepening of the hill at 550m level.


Bealach Cruinn a' Bheinn, page 176 of the printed book

Anew deer fence crosses the col; you'll be able to squeeze between the wires.


Route 13 Beinn Each from Loch Lubnaig

A helpful reader (Alison Tetley) reports in Spring 2015 that a deer fence blocks the ridgeline just south of Meall Gobhlach (NN596134), that the gate in it is padlocked and the fence itself wobbly and extremely awkward to get over. There would seem to be alternative access to Meall Liath from the track to west, NN589145, though this is steep and omits the pleasant ridge walk along Meall Gobhlach.


The High Road and the Low
Walking conditions
When to go
Safety in the mountains
Compass and GPS
What's in this book
How to use this book
PART 1 Trossachs
1 Ben Venue (shorter)
2 Ben Venue (Achray horseshoe)
3 Ben A'an to Loch Katrine
4 Aberfoyle to Menteith Hills
5 Aberfoyle Fairy Knowe
Summit Summary: Ben Ledi
6 Ben Ledi and Benvane from Brig o' Turk
7 Finglas Woods
PART 2 Callander and Loch Lubnaig
8 Ledi from Lubnaig
9 Ardnandave Hill to Ben Ledi
10 The Whole Kilmahog: Lowland to Highland
11 Callander: Falls and Crags
12 Glen Ample
13 Beinn Each from Loch Lubnaig
14 Hill of the Fairies, Strathyre
PART 3 Balquhidder and Lochearnhead
15 Stob a' Choin
16 Cruach Ardrain to Beinn a' Chroin
17 Stob Binnein and Ben More from the south
18 Glen Ogle Rail Trail
19 Kendrum and Ogle Circle
20 Twa Corbetts
21 Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin
PART 4 Crianlarich to Inverarnan
22 Meall Glas and Sgiath Chuil
23 An Caisteal Horseshoe
24 Beinn Chabhair
25 Beinglas Falls Circuit
26 Beinglas Falls to Beinn a' Choin
27 Meall an Fhudair
PART 5 Tyndrum
28 Glen Cononish
29 Beinn Odhar
30 Auchtertyre Farm Walks
31 Ben Challum and Two Corbetts
Summit summary: Ben Lui
32 From Glen Falloch by the Pipeline Track
33 From Dalrigh by Dubhchraig and Oss
33A From Dalrigh by Dubhchraig, Oss and Beinn a' Chleibh
34 Coire Gaothach Southern Ridge
34A Coire Gaothach Northern Ridge
35 By Beinn Chuirn
36 Coire Gaothach Northern Ridge (descent)
37 Coire Laoigh (descent)
38 Ben Oss, Beinn Dubhchraig to Dalrigh (descent)
39 Descent to Dalmally
PART 6 Ben Lomond
40 Ben Lomond: South Ridge and Ptarmigan
41 Lomond Slopes
42 The Back of Ben Lomond
43 Conic Hill
44 Duncryne
45 Bonnie Banks by Boat
46 The Bonny Banks (north)
PART 7 Loch Lomond West
47 Luss Hills South
48 Luss Hills: Dubh and Doune
49 Cruach Tairbeirt
PART 8 Arrochar Alps
50 Ben Vorlich from Ardlui
51 Arrochar to Bens Vane and Ime
52 Beinn Narnain by Spearhead Ridge
53 Beinn Narnain by A' Chrois
54 Coire Grogain
55 Succoth and See
Summit summary: the Cobbler
56 North Ridge from Cobbler/Narnain Col
57 East Corrie (Coire a' Bhalachain)
58 From Ardgartan by the Southeast Ridge
58A Descent via Buttermilk Burn to Ardgartan
59 From A83 by the Back Stream (Coire Croe)
60 From A83 via Beinn Luibhean
60A From A83 via Beinn Luibhean and Beinn Ime
61 Central Peak (The Argyll Needle)
62 South Peak (the Cobbler's Wife)
63 Narnain Boulders
64 North Ridge and Buttermilk Burn Descent
65 Southeast Ridge Descent
PART 9 Glen Croe to Loch Goil
66 The Brack and Beinn Donich
67 Argyll's Bowling Green
68 Beinn an Lochain
69 Beinn Bheula
70 Glen Branter Tracks
71 Creag Tharsuinn
72 Loch Eck and Beinn Mhor
73 Puck's Glen
Appendix 1 Mysteries of the Schist
Appendix 2 Access (especially during autumn)
Appendix 3 Accommodation and Information
Appendix 4 Further Reading
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