In May, we took a week-long trip with my parents to Scotland. The trip had several stops, starting with a couple days in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
Our plan was to walk the last stage of the Three Lochs Way, beginning and ending the walk on Loch Lomond. We actually stayed in Arrochar on Loch Long, which held its own interest — it’s a tidal inlet (open to the sea), and on our first evening a local gave us the history of an old torpedo testing range that used to operate there.
The next day, we headed over to Tarbet on Loch Lomond to park the car and see the loch before starting our walk.
From there we walked to Tarbot station, to the beginning of this stage of the Three Lochs Way. The stage begins in a forested area between the two lochs and quickly heads back toward Loch Long. It was a beautiful day and we had a clear view toward The Cobbler, a nearby mountain with an impressive summit.
From there we turned north — away from the loch, through Glen Loin (a woodland and Site of Special Scientific Interest), and over a low mountain pass.
As we came down from the pass, we turned again toward Loch Lomond and Inveruglas, to the end of the walk — about 6 miles in total. We enjoyed views of the loch before taking the bus back down to Tarbot. (It’s really too bad there isn’t a lochside path back!)