Arrochar is a small and scenic village at the head of Loch Long. Only an hour's drive from Glasgow, the Arrochar Alps are very easy to get to for a day of trekking but still offer characteristic Scottish mountain views and breathtaking west coast scenery. The Arrochar Alps are made up of six munros and a few lower mountains, like The Cobbler (Ben Arthur). Ben Lomond, the most southerly of Scotland's munros (and one of the most popular) sits on the east bank of Loch Lomond.
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Rest and Be Thankful to Beinn Luibhean
Rest and Be Thankful is the high point of a scenic mountain pass above Glen Croe, with the A83 road running through it. 'Rest and be thankful' were the words carved into a stone here by the builders of the original road, and when you get there it's not hard to see why they felt that way. For this route we meet at Rest and Be Thankful but then need to drive a short way back down the road to the start point for hiking Beinn Luibhean. Alternatively it is possible to walk to the start via the route of the original military road that ran up Glen Croe. At 858 metres, Beinn Luibhean is not a munro but offers a reasonably easy and steady hike and nice views over Glen Croe and the other Arrochar Alps.
Duration: 4-6 hours (longer if we start walking from the Rest and Be Thankful car park)
Route difficulty: Easy
Route information: Full details of the meeting place and time will be emailed to you in advance. Rest and Be Thankful to Beinn Luibhean is a full day trek and so we will meet in the morning at the Rest and Be Thankful car park.
Mountains climbed: Beinn Luibhean (858m)
Group ratio: 2 people minimum. Up to 8 people per guide.
Prices: 2 people = £50 per person | 3-4 people = £40 per person | 5 people = £35 per person | 6 people = £30 per person | 7 or more people = £25 per person
The Cobbler (Ben Arthur)
The Cobbler, or Ben Arthur, is THE iconic mountain in the Arrochar Alps. It has a distinctive jagged three-peak outline, and gets its name from a strange rock formation at the top. From the village of Arrochar, this rock looks just like a cobbler sitting over his bench - hence the name. At 884 metres in height, the Cobbler isn't a munro peak but it's no less a worthwhile and rewarding experience. The last few metres, getting to the top of the rocky outcrop that gives The Cobbler its name, demands a scramble and a head for heights - and because this is really a rock climb it is not included in the linesonthemap day hike.
Duration: 4-7 hours
Route difficulty: Moderate
Route information: Full details of the meeting place and time will be emailed to you in advance. The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) is a full day walk. We will meet in the morning at the car park to the west of Arrochar. We will aim to walk up to the top of the Cobbler and come back down again via a different route, and if the weather is good we can spend some time exploring the summit tops before returning to Arrochar.
Mountains climbed: The Cobbler (884m)
Group ratio: Up to 8 people per guide
Prices: 1 person = £150 | 2 people = £80 per person | 3 people = £60 per person | 4 people = £55 per person | 5-6 people = £45 per person | 7-10 people = £40 per person | 11+ people = £30 per person
Arrochar Alps Triple
The Arrochar Alps Triple is a long day hike summitting three mountains - Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime and The Cobbler (also known as Ben Arthur). Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain are munros (Scottish mountains of more than 3000 feet, or 914 metres, in height) and The Cobbler is a little shorter at 884m. Beinn Narnain is steep in places but has a well defined path for the most part. Beinn Ime, standing at 1011 metres, is the highest of the Arrochar Alps but offers a nice and steady ascent with 360 degree views of the Arrochar Alps from the summit. The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) with its distinctive triple peak is the best known of the Arrochar Alps mountains.
Duration: 7-10 hours
Route difficulty: Challenging
Route information: Full details of the meeting place and time will be emailed to you in advance. The Arrochar Alps Triple is a full day trek and so we will meet in the morning at the Succoth car park, usually at 8:00am, where there is ample parking.
Mountains climbed: Beinn Narnain (926m), Beinn Ime (1011m), The Cobbler (884m)
Group ratio: Up to 6 people per guide
Prices: 1 person = £160 | 2 people = £80 per person | 3 people = £60 per person | 4 people = £55 per person | 5+ people = £50 per person