Walk: Above Inversnaid with goats for company

Stirling | Inversnaid | Short walk | ★★★

[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 straight into Loch Lomond (16/7/18]

📌 Walk: Above Inversnaid with goats for company ★★★
Start / finish at car park at minor road end, Inversnaid, G.R.: NN 337089 ///skills.forest.dorms

▶ 2 km / 1 mi | ▲ 140 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Loch Lomond; Arklet Falls; Clach Buidhe abandoned village
Terrain: Clear but steep, fairly rough paths. Mostly firm underfoot but brief boggy sections higher up.

Route & map

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.

Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Several wild goats, forest birds.
Weather: Changeable with sunshine and brief showers. Blustery above the tree line, about 10°C.

Also on this walk

>> Loch Lomond ★★★★

Chronological photo guide

[Upper Arklet Falls]

[The Lower Arklet Falls plunge almost straight into Loch Lomond (16/7/18]

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

[Views from high above the loch]

[Woodland path return]

[Look out for wild goats in this area]

[Another of those fabulous goats!]

[Crossing the Arklet Burn (16/7/18)]

[Arklet Burn (16/7/18)]

[View from Inversnaid harbour (16/7/18)]

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