A long-distance walking route linking Loch Lomond, Gare Loch and Loch Long in four stages, the Three Lochs Way has a railway station at the start and end of each section, except at the very end at Inveruglas where there is only a bus stop.
Beginning at Balloch, gateway to the Loch Lomond National Park, the route crosses the moors to reach Helensburgh and Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House. It then crosses over to Glen Fruin and then enters the military training areas high above the nuclear weapons base at Faslane. After a detour to Garelochhead the route continues through the military ranges high above Loch Long. Arrochar, famous for its mountain skyline, is the next stop before a final stretch through the hills leads to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond. The route joins with the Cowal Way at Arrochar and both link to the West Highland Way by ferry from Inveruglas.
The Three Lochs Way is mostly waymarked; for much of the distance it follows minor roads and hard tracks with an undulating route. Some parts are on footpaths, with some boggy going in a few places.
|Balloch to Helensburgh||13.5km||3½-4½ hours|
|Helensburgh to Garelochhead||14.75km||3½-4½ hours|
|Garelochhead to Arrochar / Tarbet||19km||4½-5½ hours|
|Arrochar / Tarbert to Inveruglas||9.5km||2½-3 hours|
Garelochhead has guest house accommodation and shops for supplies.
Inveruglas has no accommodation but is on the bus route up Loch Lomondside.
There are rail stations at Balloch, Helensburgh, Garelochhead and serving Arrochar / Tarbet.
Inveruglas is served by the Citylink services heading north from Glasgow, and also has a seasonal ferry service to Rowardennan and, if booked in advance, back to Tarbet.
Timetables for all the routes can be found on Traveline Scotland.
There are 330 Walkhighlanders who have completed the Three Lochs Way. To record if you have completed the route, you must register and be logged in. Our users have contributed 15 public walk reports for the route. These are ordered below with the most popular ones first.
|Three Lochs and The Cobbler||sjrussell||05/06/2017||16|
|The Three Lochs Way to The Wet Highland Way||andrewl7642||03/05/2014||7|
|Three Lochs Way in one day!||Chris Mac||08/06/2019||6|
|Three Lochs Way Vlog||Hounds of Howgate||03/02/2020||6|
|Three Lochs Way - Points of Potential Interest||AndyRitchie||26/05/2015||5|
|three lochs way||noodle||19/06/2022||3|
|Well worth the wait! My version of the Three Lochs Way||hamerr||14/07/2015||3|
|Three Lochs Way- In Two Days.||JambuttyJones||02/05/2017||2|
|A walk of very varied difficulty!||Ian_Chapman||03/06/2012||2|
|Three Lochs Way in a wet weekend||Allegra||12/08/2023||1|
|The Three Lochs Way video report- day 1.||Allans865||10/10/2020||1|
|Three Lochs Way in a day - end of the summer run/walk||unigamer||19/09/2015||1|
|Three Lochs Way - Arrochar to Helensburgh||embo636||31/05/2011||1|
|The Three Lochs Way video report- day 2||Allans865||11/10/2020||0|
|Walking the Three Lochs Way with my 12yo son||willemvanderzee||23/04/2017||0|