Walking Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
70 walks, including 21 Munro summits
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A guide to walking and scrambling routes in the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Over 70 graded low-level, mid-level and mountain walks taking in hills, glens and picturesque woodland, as well as all of the region's Munro summits. Highlights include Ben Lui, Ben Lomond, the Cobbler and the Arrochar Alps.
- Year round. Spring and early summer are the very best time for high and low level routes. Mountain routes under snow require winter hillwalking experience, clothing and equipment.
- Aberfoyle, Callander, Lochearnhead, Killin, Tyndrum, Crianlarich, Loch Lomond side, Arrochar, Lochgoilhead. Daywalks can be reached by car from Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh.
- Routes (which are graded 1-5 for difficulty) for all abilities, from woodland and lochside routes, to long mountain days, some of which are on rocky ground. The summit of the Cobbler is an exposed scramble.
- Must See
- Ben Lomond. Arrochar Alps and The Cobbler. Oakwoods of the Trossachs. Ben Lui. The Cowal peninsular, and the Fairy Knowe at Aberfoyle.
Guidebook to over 70 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 as 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 mountain routes with rocky scrambling, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs hills have plenty to offer.
The glens 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 of 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 on Scottish estates.
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 an Lochain and Coire Gaothach (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
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 A Mysteries of the Schist
Appendix B Access (especially during autumn)
Appendix C Accommodation and information
Appendix D Further reading
Some people enjoy exploring in mountains that are poorly mapped or not mapped at all. They should stay away from the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, as it has been excellently mapped – four times over. The mapping in this book is from the Ordnance Survey's Landranger series at 1:50,000. For lower-level walks this book's mapping may well be all you need. For mountain walks, however, it's advisable to have a larger map that shows escape routes (and the other glen you end up in when you come down the wrong side of the hill).
The 1:50,000 Landranger mapping covers the area on sheets 56 (Loch Lomond), 57 (Stirling & Trossachs), 50 (Glen Orchy) and 51 (Loch Tay). The Crianlarich Hills (Parts 3 and 4) are awkwardly on the shared corner of all four maps.
For detailed exploration of crags and corries and pathless boulder slopes you will be helped by the extra contour detail at 1:25,000 scale. The Harvey maps are ideal; they are beautifully clear and legible, mark paths where they actually exist on the ground, and do not disintegrate when damp. They also overlap conveniently. Five Harvey sheets – Arrochar Alps, Crianlarich, Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi, Ben Venue – cover the national park apart from Cowal (Walks 70 to 73) and the Luss Hills (Walks 47 and 48).
The Harvey maps mark fences and walls on the open hill, but not on the lower ground; so if you're planning complicated valley walks you may prefer the Explorer maps, also at 1:25,000 scale. They are bulkier and less robust than the Harvey ones, and the contour lines are less legible, but if Harvey hadn't done it better, they'd be excellent maps. Sheets 364 (Loch Lomond North) and 365 (Trossachs) cover most of the ground, with 347, 360 and 363 for outlying western and southern walks.
Harvey also offers the British Mountain Map: Southern Highlands, covering the national park apart from Cowal at 1:40,000 scale; also the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Outdoor Atlas at 1:40,000 scale. It's spiral bound to fit into a map pocket, and has useful overlap between the pages. Not everybody will like it, but I used it for researching and walking the routes in this book.
The relevant maps (LR = Landranger; Expl = Explorer) are listed in the information box which appears at the start of each route.
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Ronald Turnbull writes regularly for TGO, Lakeland Walker, Trail and Cumbria magazines. His previous books include Across Scotland on Foot, Long Days in Lakeland and Welsh 3000ft Challenges. He has written many other Cicerone guides, including Walking in the Lowther Hills, The Book of the Bivvy and Not the West Highland Way.View Articles and Books by Ronald Turnbull
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