Arrochar Alps from Stob Coire Creagach

Arrochar Alps

Routes on Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain, The Cobbler & neighbours

The peaks above the western side of Loch Lomond are collectively known as the Arrochar Alps. Considering the proximity of this mountain group is to Glasgow and its suburbs, it comes as a bit of a surprise that a lot of the routes over these peaks are on pathless terrain.

The finest peak in the range is not one of the Munros, but a Corbett called The Cobbler or Ben Arthur. This peak is unusual as it's summit requires a bit of a scramble through a hole to reach the top.

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap

The most popular route into the area is from the large car-park at Arrochar, however, for most people, this will leave Ben Vorlich awkwardly placed and therefore left to be bagged on another day.

Coming in from Inveruglas on the western shore of Loch Lomond however, allows the hills to be climbed in a circular route. A mountain bike can help cut down some of the time required.

Munros Ben Vorlich (943m, Munro 229)
Ben Vane (916m, Munro 281)
Beinn Ime (1011m, Munro 118)
Beinn Narnain (927m, Munro 256)
Corbetts Beinn Luibhean* (858m)
The Cobbler (Ben Arthur)* (884m)
  * see alternative routes below
Ascent 2440m (8,000ft)
Distance   25km (15.5m)
Time walking : 10hr*
running : 3:50hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Inveruglas on Loch Lomond
(grid ref : NN322099)


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Meanings  Ben Vorlich : 'hill of the bay'
Ben Vane : 'middle hill'
Beinn Ime : 'hill of butter'
Beinn Narnain : 'hill of the notches'
Beinn Luibhean : 'hill of the little plant'

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