The Arrochar Alps are distinctive landmark summits which combined with the Rest and Be Thankful Pass in the nearby Glen Croe make a dramatic landscape transition between the mountainous National Park and the Argyll area beyond.
The route up is signposted from a car park close to the village of Arrochar and follows a zig-zagging route through forestry before you reach a wide and beautiful glen.
As you walk to Beinn Ime you’ll pass the flanks of Beinn Narnain and The Cobbler (Ben Arthur). The views from the 1,011m summit take in the nearby Alps and further south along the Cowal Peninsula over moorland, hills, mountains and sea lochs.
The mysterious oval stone enclosure on the top might be on the boundary line between the ancient kingdoms of Dalriada and Strathclyde, while if you descend on the slopes facing Glen Kinglas, you can explore the shieling huts ruins of the shepherds bringing their animals from the nearby Glen Croe in the summer. This explain the name of the summit, which translates as “the butter mountain” from Scottish Gaelic.
You can find information about the trail up Beinn Ime here.
We want everyone to enjoy the National Park in a safe and responsible manner. Be aware that the owners of the land you are crossing might be engaged in deer management and other land management activities and you can help minimise the chance of disturbance. Read more about it in the Heading to the Hills practical guide.
Hiking and hillwalking are risk sports. Always ensure you are prepared before heading out to the hills – information and practical advice on how to stay safe can be found by reading about Safety and skills in the mountains from Mountaineering Scotland.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority cannot be held responsible for any accidents, injuries or damage sustained whilst hiking in the Park. All persons taking part in such activities do so at their own risk, acknowledging and accepting the risk of accident, injury or damage.