Arrochar - historically the heart of the country of the Clan Macfarlane - nestles along the eastern shore of the head of Loch Long, where the glaciers cut a great gap through the hills from Loch Lomond.
Arrochar offers some of the finest features in the Argyll Forest Park. Surging from sea level to high rocky crests, are the Brack, the triple ‘fanged’ Cobbler, (Ben Arthur) Beinn Narnain, and A' Chrois.
Arrochar's twin settlement on Loch Lomond is Tarbet, the name meaning a portage, or literally ‘drag-boat’. It was through this low gap, (its highest point only 40m (130ft) above sea level), that a bold Viking raiding party detached from the forces of Haakon of Norway, and took their longships overland to Loch Lomond in 1263. They later came to grief on the stormy shore at Largs.
AT PRESENT ALL TRAILS ARE OPEN, HOWEVER DURING THE CURRENT WINTERY WEATHER WE WOULD URGE ANYONE VISITING THE FOREST TO EXERCISE EXTRA CARE IN CASE OF SNOW AND ICE.
How to get there:
Arrochar is part of Argyll Forest Park. Arrochar Village is the nearest town or village.
By road, follow the M8 through Glasgow, onto the A82 along Loch Lomondside, towards Tarbet. Then follow the A83 to Arrochar Village.
OS Grid Reference: NN311045
For details of public transport visit http://www.travelinescotland.com
Start your visit from:Arrochar and Tarbet Railway Station
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