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Three Lochs Way

The Three Lochs Way, described as the ‘walking gateway to Argyll & The Isles’, is a stunning journey through southern Argyll linking Loch Lomond, Gare Loch and Loch Long in four stages. This 34-miles route, one of Scotland’s Great Trails, starts at Balloch on the south west shore of Loch Lomond and finishes at Inveruglas near the top end of the loch. Rarely rising above 250 metres, it can easily be walked in three to four days. And with the West Highland railway line never far away, it also offers plenty of options for people seeking shorter day walks.

It’s a diverse route giving a taste of everything that Argyll has to offer, from tranquil wooded glens to towering peaks. Gentle landscapes give way to dramatic mountains as the route crosses the Highland Boundary and heads towards the mountains of the Southern Highlands.

There are lots of natural and historical attractions to see as you follow the route. On the first section you’ll be treated to a spectacular elevated views in all directions from the viewpoint at Goukhill Muir. Enjoy the sight of Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond and the Highlands stretching out before you. The mountains clustered around the head of Loch Long are known as the Arrochar Alps. They include the famous 'Cobbler’, which at 884 metres (2,900ft) in height it's only a Corbett, but it’s a hugely impressive sight. Glen Loin woodland is another highlight and a great place to spot red squirrels. At the end of your walk check out this Sloy Hydro-Electric Power Station. The Loch Sloy Dam, which supplies water to the power station via a tunnel right under Ben Vorlich, is a 6km detour that’s well worth the effort.

The Three Lochs Way is well served by public transport. There’s a railway station at the start and end of each section, except at the very end at Inveruglas where there is only a bus stop. The Three Lochs Way joins with the Cowal Way at Arrochar. Cross Loch Lomond by ferry from Inveruglas to join the West Highland Way and return to Balloch using the John Muir Way to complete a journey around the south end of the loch.

Photos by John Urquhart - Loch Lomond Guides
Loch Lomond from Goukhill MuirThe CobblerOverlooking Helensburgh
Slow Power StationAbove  BallochThree Lochs Way logo
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