A bit of clever logistics allowed us to do this section of the Three Lochs Way with the car and driver waiting for us at Inveruglas. This isn’t a long section but is attractive and avoids the more densely visited parts of the National Park.
We parked at the tourist info centre at Tarbet, although the Missus later discovered that the picnic area over the road beside the loch is much nicer. We wandered beside the A83 on the pavement and then up to the railway station – surely one of the most attractive on the network? The path proper then starts by going under the railway and then left into attractive deciduous woodland. The path tracks the road past Arrochar until we get to Succoth where we part company and head up Glen Loin. However, at this point some nice person has sited a bench that made an ideal lunch spot with a great view over to the Arrochar Alps and down Loch Long. The good path then heads up the glen and climbs almost 300m to the beallach. It was a bit steeper than I had expected and reminded me that this was the first hill walk of the year.
The path then drops down towards Inveruglas Water and the nice tarmac of the Loch Sloy dam road. At this point there is a nice sign pointing out the Glen Loin Loop: so it looks like there is a nice circuit from Succoth around both sides of the glen. It also explains why everyone we met were going clockwise: the gradient is much kinder – a lesson for next time! This is a very attractive walk with only an abundance of pylons from Loch Sloy blighting the view. However, Glen Loin is attractive, especially the woodlands on the east which would be lovely in late Spring. It is then an easy descent to the A82 – at least there is a dedicated path back along to the car park to avoid man+dog getting squashed.
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