The Cobbler, Arrochar

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The Cobbler - also known as Ben Arthur - has the most distinctive outline of any mountain in the Southern Highlands and makes a fantastic short day out. Extremely popular, the path on the way up has been improved in recent years and once past the initial zig zags makes a pleasant ascent. This route explores both peaks of the Cobbler before descending on a rugged path between the two. Alternatively the route can be made easier by returning the same way.

Terrain

Clear paths with some steep rocky sections particularly on the descent.

Public Transport

Park at the large car park off the A83 at Succoth just to the west of Arrochar. The walk is vaguely waymarked in red; it begins on the opposite side of the road to the car park, passing a carving of a fox. The wide main path ascends the hillside through the trees in a series of easy angled and wide zig-zags. The effort is worthwhile in the improving views over Loch Long. Continue up the path, avoiding the temptation to short-cut which causes erosion. When the path reaches a bench turn left on the forestry track and very soon turn right up the next section of path. There are superb views from here over and down the loch and across to the peaked summit of Ben Lomond.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions and may not be suitable in winter. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

Start

Succoth car park, Arrochar. Map and directions.

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