Following the wooded east shoreline all the way up the long northern reach of Loch Lomond, from the foot of Ben Lomond to Glen Falloch, this is (for my money) the best stage of the WHW and one of the most beautiful single days out to be had on any long distance trail in the UK. It's quite rugged and remote-feeling at times, with great views out over the water to the Arrochar 'Alps'. With luck you might spot (or smell) feral wild goats in the woods.
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Distance: 13.09 miles (21 km)
Total ascent: 400m
Time: 5 – 7 hours (Walking)
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Additional InformationStart Rowardennan, NS359993; Finish Beinglas campsite near Inverarnan, NN320186
Forest tracks and footpath, quite rocky in parts and with more cumulative ascent than might be supposed thanks to the many little ups and downs. The optional Rowchoish variation gives some rough exploratory-feeling woodland walking. The main route is obvious throughout, and waymarked wherever necessary.
A reasonably adventurous low-level day in winter if the weather is too wild for hillwalking on the surrounding summits.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: West Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Water bus services connect various points on the east side of Loch Lomond with points on the west shore that also have bus/rail links. See http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org for details.
West Highland Way, Dan Bailey, pb. Pocket Mountains http://www.pocketmountains.com/product/west-highland-way
OS Explorer 364 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 56 (1:50,000), OS Landranger 50 (1:50,000)
Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel 01360 870259 Bunkhouse at Inversnaid hotel, mid-walk 01877 386223 Beinglas campsite near Inverarnan 01301 704281 The seasonal camping ban recently introduced on the east shore of Loch Lomond extends only as far north as Rowardennan. See here: http://www.ukhillwalking.com/news/item.php?id=60919 There are two bothies along this stretch of the loch - it won't take long with a map to work out where.
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