Walk: The Brack... and beyond

Argyll & Bute | Arrochar Alps | Full day walk | ★★★★

[The Brack]

The Brack is an craggy peak steeply overlooking Glen Croe and the Rest and Be Thankful road pass. After an easy start on gentle forest tracks, the absurdly steep qualifying scramble at the start of the hill path proper is a brutal reminder that you're in the jagged Arrochar Alps. Beyond the summit lies a partly pathless but attractively undulating ridge to the south west. This conveniently intersects with the Cowal Way for a straightforward return route. 3 km of road walking at the end can be varied by using scenic (but less direct) forest paths beside Loch Long and the River Croe.

[View over Glen Croe from the steep ascent path]

📌 Walk: The Brack... and beyond ★★★★
Start / finish at car park on A83 immediately north of Ardgartan, G.R.: NN 270037 ///drag.supported.harp

▶ 13 km / 8 mi | ▲ 940 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: △ The Brack (787 m, Corbett); Loch Long; Croe Water
Terrain: Wide forestry tracks then steep and rough hill path for ascent which may require hands right at the start, and boggy in places. Descent to Cowal Way on intermittent grassy trods, then good path and track down Coilessan Glen. Minor road then woodland paths for return stretch.

Route & map

Car park - start of hill path at G.R.: NN 253040 - The Brack - south west ridge (or similar route) - Cowal Way at G.R.: NN 234018 - Coilessan Glen by Cowal Way - Coilessan Cottage - beach just before Ardgartan Hotel by lochside path - footbridge over River Croe at G.R.: NN 275031 - return to start by east bank

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Ravens and a few sheep high up; birds and ducks on the loch and in Glen Croe.
Weather: Sunny, but a few snow showers on surrounding hills. Just below freezing on the summit and windy where exposed. Frozen ground high up helped with boggy parts.

[Return along the River Croe]


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