Your day begins with a short ferry ride from Ardlui across the waters of Loch Lomond to Ardleish on the Eastern Shores. You are now on the West Highland Way and your walk takes you north through Glen Falloch. You may glimpse the roe deer on the mountains. The trail climbs out of Inverarnan beside the River Falloch towards Crianlarich. Mighty Ben More and Stob Binnean provide a fantastic backdrop to your walk, and the views back down towards Loch Lomond are first class.
After heavy rain the sheer slopes of the glens gush with turbulent waterfalls that brighten up even the most cloudy day. Passing through the conifer forests you enter the Glen of Strath Fillan to arrive at the village of Crianlarich.
If you are staying at Ardlui Hotel begin today's route with the ferry across the loch to Ardleish. The ferry leaves from Ardlui slipway at 9am and takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the eastern shore of Loch Lomond.
Ferries depart from Ardlui on the hour from 9am-1pm and then from 3pm-7pm (Apr-Sep). Later departures are limited up to 6pm in Oct and 5pm in Nov.
Take your time walking alongside the Loch and be sure of your footing as the trail is rocky and can be slippery.
There are lots of stream/river crossings in today’s walk. There are stepping stones available to assist your crossing but these may be slippery. Take extra caution on these crossings. After heavy rains, there can be landslides along the section from Inverarnan to Crianlarich blocking the path. If there have been heavy rains please check for any updates regarding the path with your accommodation before departing.
Tips and hintsOn the interactive map there are a few notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.
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Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks OK. A waterproof cover for your rucksack is also useful.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it would be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.