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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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|THE LONG ROUTES|
|Appendix 1 Mysteries of the Schist|
|Appendix 2 Access (especially during autumn)|
|Appendix 3 Accommodation and Information|
|Appendix 4 Further Reading|