|Beinn an Lochain from
Beinn an Lochain
|Estimated net time||2½-3½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but a touch of exposure in a couple of places, and you're likely to use your hands for some very easy scrambling in one or two places.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (April 2014).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at lay-by next to road A83.|
|Start height||230 metres|
|Vertical metres||725 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.2 km|
Start measuring from the junction between roads A82 and A83 on the north-west shores of Loch Lomond, and drive A83 in the direction of Arrochar and Campbeltown:
- At 2.6 km (1.6 mi), in the A83/A814 junction, continue on A83.
- At 13.5 km (8.4 mi), at the top of the pass "Rest and be thankful" where B828 exists left, continue on A83.
- At 15.0 km (9.3 mi) park on the lay-by on the left hand side of the road.
Start your hike by heading down towards a very small dam, cross the river where you find it convenient, and locate the boggy path leading towards Beinn an Lochain's north-east ridge. This path soon gets much drier and well defined, and will take you all the way up to the pile of stones at the summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
30. April 2014
I had stayed two nights at the Arrochar Hotel and was due to meet seven of my friends in Stirling later this Wednesday. My plan was to hike The Cobbler, but with very poor visibility and some light rain I changed my plans to include the prominent Beinn an Lochain instead.
This proved to be a nice hike, and I was lucky that the mist partly lifted when I was in the summit area. Hence I got some feel for this fine mountain, and also some of the surrounding mountains.
After the hike I drove directly to Stirling, where we had booked a nice house for four nights, and was soon joined by the first group of my friends.