Ride 25: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Ride Information

START: Arrochar and Tarbet station, G83 7DB, 56.203428, -4.722889

FINISH: Crianlarich station, FK20 8QN, 56.389634, -4.617805

DISTANCE: 21.5 miles/34.6km

ASCENT: 3421ft/1043m


TERRAIN: Technical forest tracks, boulder fields and old military roads. Apart from the lower slopes of Ben Vorlich and the climb to Crianlarich it’s relatively flat, along valley floors and loch-side paths.

NAVIGATION: Straightforward. The Three Lochs Way through Glen Loin is signposted from Arrochar and Tarbet station, with the Cowal Way joining it from the south-west. At Inveruglas Water make sure you don’t follow the Cowal Way all the way into Inveruglas; look for two buildings where a track on the left takes you onto Ben Vorlich above the power station. The West Highland Way is well signposted and easy to pick up at Ardleish Farm pier. OS Landranger 56 covers most of the ride, except Crianlarich which can be found on Landranger 50.


Ordnance Survey Map

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Open Street Map with information markers and elevation

Book Map


Download .GPX file (right click to download)

Download first map.pdf and download second map.pdf from the book (right click to download)

How to navigate using .GPX files

Eat & Drink

Village Inn, Loch Long, Shore Road, Arrochar, Argyll & Bute G83 7AX, 01301
702279, www.villageinnarrochar.co.uk
The Rod and Reel, Main Street, Crianlarich FK20 8QN, 01838 300271, www.rodandreel.co.uk


Ardlui Hotel, Ardlui, Loch Lomond, G83 7EB, 01301 704243, www.ardlui.com
Beinglas Farm Campsite, Inverarnan, Loch Lomond G83 7DX, 01301 704281,
Doune Byre bothy, 56.292949, -4.696251


Braeside Stores, Braemore, Arrochar, Argyll & Bute G83 7AA, 01301 702304
Helensburgh Cycles, 41 East Clyde Street, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire G84 7NY, 01436 675239, www.helensburghcycles.co.uk

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