Three Lochs Way: Helensburgh to Garelochhead

The second stage of the Three Lochs Way begins from Helensburgh, passing Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece Hill House before taking a path through woods and over the moors to Glen Fruin. A quiet country lane is followed through the glen before the route joins the Yankee Road - built by the American army in World War II - with fine views over the Gare Loch. The route as described includes the descent to Garelochhead for facilities at the end of the stage - those who wish to continue with the next stage right through to Arrochar can omit this last 2km descent.


Good woodland and moorland path, then minor roads. The final descent to Garelochhead involves a path which crosses fencelines and is very boggy in patches, but is waymarked.

Public Transport

Trains and buses serve both Helensburgh and Garelochhead. Traveline Scotland.


Helensburgh Upper Station. Map and directions.

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