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Three Lochs Way

This 50 km (31 mile) route, which takes three to four days, starts in Balloch, loops past Gareloch and Loch Long and finishes at Inveruglas on Loch Lomond’s western shore.

At a glance

  • Length: 34 miles / 55 km
  • Passes through: Starting at Balloch, links Loch Lomond, The Gareloch and Loch Long and passes through Helensburgh, Garelochhead, Arrochar, and Tarbet before finishing at Inveruglas on Loch Lomondside.
  • Connects with: TLW connects with Cowal Way at Arrochar and the West Highland Way (by Waterbus) at Tarbet and Inveruglas. Also shares the Glen Loin path with The Cowal Way.

 Key Selling Points

  • The long distance walking gateway to Argyll and the Isles.
  • Rarely rising above 250 metres.
  • Can easily be walked in 3 or 4 days.
  • Excellent public transport connections.
  • Parallels the West Highland railway.
  • Plenty of options for shorter day walks
  • Well marked good quality trails
  • Guidebook and apps available

Top ten highlights

  1. Stoneymollan Road, a delightful ancient route linking Balloch and Cardross.
  2. The stunning view over Loch Lomond when you cross the Highland Boundary Fault at Goukhill Muir.
  3. Helensburgh’s beautiful tree lined streets, especially colourful in Spring and Autumn.
  4. Charles Rennie Macintosh’s elegant domestic architectural masterpiece, “The Hill House”.
  5. Peaceful Glen Fruin (but not in 1603 when 300 Macgregors routed a much larger force of Colquhouns in a major clan battle at the head of the glen).
  6. Great views north of Garelochhead over Loch Long to the knobbly skyline of ‘Argyll’s Bowling Green’ and the ‘Arrochar Alps’.
  7. The craggy ‘Cobbler’, the area’s finest mountain and a must climb ‘Corbet’.
  8. Delightful Glen Loin Woodlands, Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to red squirrels.
  9. The impressive Sloy hydro electricity installations, built at the end of WWII with help from German POWs.
  10. A traverse of the fine Munro, Ben Vorlich, from Loch Sloy over to Ardlui makes a great way to top off a Three Lochs Way experience

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