Amongst the Arrochar Alps at Glen Loin

A challenging high-level loop beneath the Arrochar Alps, beginning and ending at Succoth car park. On a clear day enjoy fantastic close-up views of the surrounding mountains, including The Cobbler, Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime, returning via Glen Loin.

Technical sheet
No. 26540706
A Argyll and Bute walk posted on 07/09/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 24/10/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h30[?]
Distance Distance : 16.03 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 671 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 665 m
Highest point Highest point : 648 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 5 m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
Location Location : Argyll and Bute
Starting point Starting point : N 56.206141° / W 4.750325°
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Narnain Boulders

Description

Start : Succoth car park, (G83 7AP). Grid ref. NN 29489 04993

(D/A) From Succoth car park head out the main entrance to reach the A83.

(1) Cross the A83 picking up a track at the other side, signposted "Argyll Forest Park".

Follow the path as it zig zags uphill.

(2) At 100m elevation you'll reach a forestry track at a bench. Turn left (SW).

(3) Almost immediately turn right (NW) onto another footpath zig zagging uphill.

(4) At 300m elevation the path emerges out the forest beside the Allt a Bhalachain burn.

(5) Continue in a general NW direction for approx 3km with the burn on your left-hand side, passing the Narnain Boulders at 480m elevation.

On a clear day you'll have a good view of Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) ahead to your left and Beinn Narnain to your right.

At the top of the burn you reach Bealach a’ Mhaim where the terrain levels out.

(6) At a path junction at 630m elevation, turn right (N/NE), heading away from The Cobbler, traversing the bealach.

(7) After passing through a gate at 637m elevation, the path begins to ascend towards the summit of Beinn Ime.

(8) Ascend the path for approx 20m, then come off the path and descend the hillside to your right in a general NE direction. Note that the terrain here is extremely steep and challenging (tussocky grass with lots of small water courses to be careful of). Make sure you stay to the left of the Allt Coriegrogain burn as you descend.

(9) You want to aim for a fenceline at 450m elevation on the edge of a conifer plantation. Climb over the fence (no barbed wire) and follow it roughly N, turning right (E) into a clearing in the trees.

(10) You will reach the start of a forestry track.

(11) The forestry track follows the course of the burn for approx 1km where it passes a small dam.

(12) Take the next track on your right (SE). This leads to a ford across the burn may be impassable if the burn is in spat...

(13) After crossing, turn left (E) signposted Glen Loin Loop Arrochar.

(14) Continue on this track for 6.5km to a path junction at 90m elevation where you turn right (SW), ignoring the sign post for the car parks.

After 600m you'll arrive back at the bench from earlier (2). Turn left (SE) to zig zag back down the final section of the hillside to the A83 (1), with Succoth car park just over the other side (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 5 m - Succoth car park
1 : km 0.14 - alt. 14 m - Entrance to Argyll Forest Park
2 : km 1.04 - alt. 103 m - Forestry track and bench
3 : km 1.1 - alt. 98 m - Trail on right heading NW
4 : km 2.55 - alt. 306 m - Emerge out of forest next to burn
5 : km 3.75 - alt. 480 m - Narnain Boulders
6 : km 5.28 - alt. 634 m - Path junction
7 : km 5.82 - alt. 637 m - Gate
8 : km 5.96 - alt. 648 m - Come off path ready for steep descent
9 : km 6.55 - alt. 472 m - Fence
10 : km 7.06 - alt. 394 m - Forestry track
11 : km 7.92 - alt. 314 m - Dam
12 : km 8.03 - alt. 310 m - Right turn to ford
13 : km 8.3 - alt. 308 m - Marker post - Glen Loin Loop Arrochar
14 : km 14.38 - alt. 88 m - Path junction
D/A : km 16.03 - alt. 5 m - Succoth car park

Useful Information

Start : Succoth car park, (G83 7AP). Grid ref. NN 29489 04993

Transport
Parking available at Succoth car park G83 8EG (pay & display)

Terrain
Rugged and steep mountainous terrain, some of it pathless. Map and compass should be carried, strong navigation skills essential. Recommend footwear with good grip and ankle support.

Alternative route avoiding ford at (12)
If the burn is in spate and impossible to ford, a 0.5 miles/800m longer alternative route can be taken by returning to the forestry track, turning right (NE) and following it further along the burn to a path junction at the Inveruglas Water, then following the Three Lochs Way south through Glen Loin and into Arrochar.

For more information and a walk review, visit Gillian's Walks

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Nearby mountains - The Cobbler, Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime - "The Arrochar Alps"
  • The Three Lochs Way - long distance hiking route (near by)
  • Loch Lomond and Cowal Way - long distance hiking route
  • Arrochar village
  • Tarbet village (near by)
  • Loch Lomond (near by)

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