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The Three Lochs Way

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 CHALLENGE

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.

Stage descriptions Length Time Done
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

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ACCOMMODATION AND SERVICES ALONG THE WAY

Balloch and Helensburgh both offer a choice of hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation, as well as shops for supplies.

Garelochhead has guest house accommodation and shops for supplies.

Arrochar and Tarbet are popular villages with visitors and both boast both hotel and bed and breakfast, cafe and shop.

Inveruglas has no accommodation but is on the bus route up Loch Lomondside.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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.

Users' walk reports for the Three Lochs Way

There are 122 Walkhighlanders who have completed the Three Lochs Way, including you. Our users have contributed 9 public walk reports for the route. These are ordered below with the most popular ones first.

Title AuthorDate walked Likes
  05/06/2017  8
  03/05/2014  6
  26/05/2015  2
  03/06/2012  2
  14/07/2015  1
  19/09/2015  1
  31/05/2011  1
  23/04/2017  0
  02/05/2017  0

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