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Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) and Beinn Narnain

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, about 10.60km (6.59 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 1106m (3628ft)
Descent 1140m (3740ft)
Max. Elevation 920m (3018ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 2246m (7368ft)
Start & End
Arrochar and Tarbet train station
Distance 10.60km
Duration ~6:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 26 Mar 2008
Ben Arthur - also known as The Cobbler - is one of Scotland's most famous and recognisable peaks. It gets its nickname because its three summits look like a cobbler working (to some people at least). This route also takes in the oft-neglected Munro of Beinn Narnain as well. Public transport is reliable but irregular - there is a train station between Arrochar and Tarbet, or use the '950 Lomond Ring'n'Ride' bus: www.spt.co.uk/bus/service950.html

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Walk Map

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Start of the walk. There is a path behind the train station that takes you along a forest track - nicer than traipsing along the road round to Succoth.
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From Succoth village, you will see signs to Ben Arthur. Take one of these leading uphill through the forest.
About 1.82 km (~1.13 miles) from
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The path heads up along the burn running between Ben Arthur and Beinn Narnain. At the dam, head west towards Ben Arthur.
About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
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The summit! At 884m, it's a little way under Munro height (914m) but nothing can take away from the spectacular views from this stunning mountain. Keep your eyes peeled as well - on one visit here, I saw a pair of golden eagles swoop past!
About 2.11 km (~1.31 miles) from
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Head across the summit to the North Peak, then drop down to the pass between Ben Arthur and Beinn Narnain.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
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This summit is often overlooked by people flocking to the more picturesque 'Cobbler' but it is worth extending the day to take in this summit too - it's also a Munro, at 926m. The path heads to the summit via the northwestern flank.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
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From Beinn Narnain, follow the path heading southeast back towards Succoth, which heads over Cruach nam Miseag and drops steeply downhill and back through the forest.
About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from
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Follow the same route you came back to the train station (or bus stop). If you are planning to stay the night (or train times demand it) then there are campsites in Arrochar and Succoth. Arrochar is your best bet for a few beers as well - with great views across Loch Long of the day's walk.
About 2.23 km (~1.39 miles) from

2 comments... join the discussion!

23 Aug 2016
Closed Path

Thanks Simona, a road walk at the end of the day not ideal! Bus timetables for the route can be found here (route 302): http://www.garelochheadcoaches.co.uk/ Only two a day, but handily timed to fit around a day walk! Until the route is reopened, then my tip (if time allows) would be to camp overnight in Succouth/Arrochar. It's very peaceful to wander by the loch in the evening.

23 Aug 2016
Closed Path

Hi, great walk, went to hike it last week, just one thing, the path behind the train station is closed for reconstruction till 2018, so you have to actually go all the way to Arroth along the road. I suggest you take the bus as it was a pain, especially on the way back when I was really tired.

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