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Inversnaid to Ardlui and Inverarnan

Summary:

  • Distance / Time: 7 miles (11.2 km) / 4 to 5 hours
  • Total Ascent: 387m
  • Total Descent: 150m
  • Max Height: 252m
  • Terrain: This is by far the roughest section of the Way, where the path makes a tortuous route along the side of Loch Lomond with many ups and downs. A hard walk but the scenery is superb.
  • Accommodation: Ardlui, Inverarnan
  • Refreshments: Ardlui, Inverarnan,
  • Places of Interest: Rob Roy’s Cave

Route:

  • To continue along the Way, cross in front of the hotel, past its boathouse and continue north for about 1km to reach Rob Roy’s Cave. This is not a true cave but a crevice under a pile of fallen rocks. The actual crevice is not easy to find but can be identified by the word CAVE helpfully painted in large white letters on the right-hand wall.
  • From here, the path clambers up and down from loch shore gravel to boggy flats, through high bracken and oak woods, under crags and fallen trees. This section is demanding and should be taken slowly and carefully with rest stops.  
  • After about 3 km, the Way reaches a burn called Allt Rostan. From here, looking toward the loch, you can see a small island called Isle I Vow. A short distance past the burn, the Way crosses a precipitous waterfall slab by a bridge perched virtually above the waters of the loch. The ascent and descent either side of the bridge are steep and require care.
  • A few hundred metres more of walking on the wooded slopes and the Way emerges on an open gravel shore by the bay south of Doune, a pleasant spot for a picnic.
  • The going from here is much easier and after a further 2km the Way reaches Ardleish. Here you will find a signal hoist by which you can call a ferry boat from Ardlui. This allows you to book accommodation on the west side of Loch Lomond  or enjoy the good food,a well deserved beer or tea and coffee at the Ardlui Hotel.The hotel has excellent facilities and a covered outdoor decking area.
  • Continue uphill, across a burn and follow an old pathway on the west side of a small gorge to the marshy coll, where it passes the eastern shore of Dubh Lochan. To the north you can see the three peaks of Ben Lui, Ben Oss and Ben Dubhcraig.
  • The path holds its height for a few hundred metres along a grassy shelf, before descending gently to meet the Beinglass Burn. Turn left toward the river, then right to cross the bridge and left to reach Inverarnan. The historic, and somewhat eccentric, Drovers’ Inn is a great favourite with walkers with its range of good value meals and selection of beers and whiskies. It is well worth a visit, if only to see the collection of stuffed animals and birds (even a shark!).
  • There is a campsite with a small shop and a wigwam shelter at Beinglass Farm.