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Inversnaid to Inverarnan

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m 300 200 100 10 8 6 4 2 km Inversnaid Hotel Beinglas Farm RSPB Nature Trail & Reserve The Drovers Inn Rob Roys Cave

Leave Inversnaid and pass through the RSPB reserve and near Rob Roy's Cave before reaching Inverarnan on an undulating path.  

moderate
10.4 km
3:30 h
167 m
134 m

The path from Inversnaid to the head of the loch is undulating with a generally rough surface. After passing Doune Bothy the path improves but it may seem a long two miles from Ardleish to Inverarnan.  If you are staying across the water at Ardlui, look out for the sign pointing to the little ferry (2 miles before the end of this section). Walk down to the loch shore and call the ferry by raising the ball (you'll be returned to this same spot the following day). Otherwise, Beinglas Farm marks the end of your day. Leave the way and follow the signs for Inverarnan. 

Author’s recommendation

If you are staying across Loch Lomond at Ardlui Hotel, look out for the sign pointing to the little ferry (2 miles before the end of this section). Walk down to the loch shore to the Ardleish slipway and call the ferry by raising the ball attached to the flagpole, as per the instructions attached to the flagpole. The ferry only departs at certain times and will only cross the Loch if they know you are there.

The ferries depart from Ardleish slipway at 10 minutes past the hour from 09:10 until 13:10 then 15:10 until 19:10. 

They will of course take you back the morning so that you can continue your walk. The following morning for the ferry returns from Ardlui on the hour from 09:00. If you are starting out later, please be aware that the last ferry before lunch is at 13:00

If you are not staying in Ardlui then Beinglas Farm marks the end of your day. Leave the way and follow the signs for Inverarnan. 

 

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Macs Adventure
Updated: February 17, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
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Highest point
108 m
Lowest point
15 m
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Rest Stop

Inversnaid Hotel
Beinglas Farm
The Drovers Inn

Safety information

Take your time walking alongside the Loch and be sure of your footing as the trail can often be slippy here.

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/ 

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.

Tips, hints and links

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

Start

Inversnaid Hotel (17 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
56.243183, -4.685154
UTM
30V 395567 6234422

Destination

Beinglas Farm in Inverarnan

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. ***

 

Leaving the Inversnaid Hotel, rejoin the route and follow the thistle way-markers along the loch shore once more.  Take your time on this rocky section of trail, taking special care during or after rain, and keep an eye out for Rob Roy’s Cave and Doune Bothy at 1.40 km, followed by Ardleish in a further 1 km where the ferry for Ardlui Hotel arrives at a small jetty. 

At the end of the loch the path bears left and passes through Beinglas B&B and campsite heading for the A82 (the main road on the western shore of Loch Lomond) where you’ll find the Drovers Inn and further south on the road the Ardlui Hotel.  Check your tailored accommodation sheet for details of your overnight stay. 

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
3:30h
Ascent
167 m
Descent
134 m
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