Walk: Above Inversnaid with goats for company

[Great views across Loch Lomond to the Arrochar Alps from higher parts of the route]

North of Rowardennan, progress along the remaining 15 miles or so of Loch Lomond's eastern shore is on foot via a rough section of the West Highland Way... except at Inversnaid, where an unlikely thread of tarmac snakes its way down to the bonnie banks from high ground to the east. It's a windy half hour's drive on single track road from Aberfoyle to get here (or take the ferry), but this short and steep circuit above Inversnaid is a worthwhile way to explore this delightfully quiet area: wild goats outnumbered people on our visit. There are good views of the lower Arklet Falls from the loch side at the very start. Higher up, the route passes further cascades before breaking clear of the trees to reveal views across Loch Lomond to the Arrochar Alps. A less interesting and slightly boggy stretch is next (well, no walk's perfect) before passing an abandoned 18th century village on the return leg, perhaps with lunch following at the Inversnaid Hotel.

[The Lower Arklet Falls plunge almost directly into Loch Lomond]

Name: Walk: Above Inversnaid with goats for company ★★☆☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 140 metres
Points of interest: Loch Lomond; Arklet Falls; Clach Buidhe abandoned village
Start / finish: Car park at Inversnaid, G.R.: NN 337089 / skills forest dorms

Route: Car park (Arklet Falls seen from the shoreline) - cross Arklet Water on WHW then keep left at path junctions - sharp right turn at path junction just short of Rob Roy car park - Clach Buidhe - rejoin outward route by Arklet Water - start. Route mostly signposted.
Terrain: Clear but steep, fairly rough paths. Mostly firm underfoot but brief boggy sections higher up.
Wildlife today: Several wild goats, forest birds.
Weather today: Changeable with sunshine and brief showers. Blustery above the tree line, about ten degrees.

>> see separate post for Loch Lomond ★★☆

[Look out for wild goats along the route]

Route credit: Walkhighlands

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