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Inverarnan to Crianlarich

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You can look forward to spectacular views south over Loch Lomond, and north towards the mountains of the Highlands as you make your way to the village of Crianlarich.  
moderate
Distance 9.5 km
3:00 h
233 m
2 m
The West Highland Way climbs out of Inverarnan beside River Falloch towards Crianlarich. Mighty Ben More and Stob Binnean provide a fantastic backdrop to your walk, and the views back down Loch Lomond are first class. The way bypasses Crianlarich, but if you need any supplies or are staying in Crianlarich, then follow the signs down to the town. 
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Update: February 24, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
256 m
Lowest point
23 m
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Rest Stop

Crianlarich Hotel
Beinglas Farm

Safety information

After heavy rains there can be landslides in the area blocking the path. If there have been heavy rains please check for any updates regarding the path with your accommodation before departing. 

Maps

If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the West Highland Way map from Footprints. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.

Guidebook

If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's West Highland Way: Milngavie to Fort William by Charlie Loram.

Macs Adventure Blogs

Using our decades of experience we have written several blogs containing helpful tips, daily wildlife information, lunch stops, where to eat, FAQ and more. Please follow the link below to read our West Highland Way insights:

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/category/walking/west-highland-way/ 

Tips and hints

Noted on the interactive map are a couple notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.

 

Crianlarich

If you are staying overnight in Crianlarich then it makes sense to take advantage of the village store and cash machine, which is inside the small convenience store. As it is an extra 15 minutes off the trail if you are not staying overnight in Crianlarich carry on walking until Tyndrum where you will have access to the same facilities.

Start

Beinglas Farm in Inverarnan (24 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NN 32167 18660
DD
56.330490, -4.716120
DMS
56°19'49.8"N 4°42'58.0"W
UTM
30V 393890 6244185
w3w 
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Destination

Conifer plantation outside Crianlarich (15-minute walk to town centre)

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we provided these route notes to help you. The West Highland Way is well waymarked, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

Rejoin the trail at Beinglas, from the restaurant turn left at the junction to begin following the thistle way-markers north along River Falloch.  The West Highland Way route doesn’t pass by the Falls of Falloch, but around at 2.90km you should get spectacular views of this 30 ft high waterfall.  Here the trail makes use of a restored military road as you cross the railway and A82 to trace the lower slopes of Kirk Craig. At the end of todays route at 9.50km you will reach a large gate which passes through a deer fence. Once through the gate turn right and follow the 2km trail to Crianlarich.

 

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NN 32167 18660
DD
56.330490, -4.716120
DMS
56°19'49.8"N 4°42'58.0"W
UTM
30V 393890 6244185
w3w 
///crowd.geologist.apprehend
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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 okay. 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.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.5 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
233 m
Descent
2 m
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