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Inversnaid to Inverarnan

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m 100 50 10 8 6 4 2 km Beinglas Farm Inversnaid Hotel RSPB Nature Trail & Reserve The Drovers Inn Ardlui/Beniglas Farm Waymarker 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
Distance 10.4 km
3:30 h
167 m
134 m
Departing Inversnaid you pass through the RSPB Inversnaid Nature Reserve and then close by to Rob Roy’s Cave. The path from Inversnaid to the head of the loch is hard going with numerous ups and downs and a generally rough surface. After leaving the lochside and passing Doune Bothy the path improves but it may seem a very long two miles from Ardleish to Inverarnan where the lovely Beinglas Farm marks the end of your day. Leave the way and follow the signs for Inverarnan. The 300-year old Drovers Inn is world-famous and provides the ideal location for your end-of-day refreshment.

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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Update: September 07, 2020
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Lowest point
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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/ 

Tips and hints

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:
OS Grid
NN 33702 08871
DD
56.243183, -4.685154
DMS
56°14'35.5"N 4°41'06.6"W
UTM
30V 395567 6234422
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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. ***

 

After leaving Inversnaid, take your time on this rocky section of the trail, taking special care during or after rain, and keep an eye out for Rob Roy’s Cave and Doune Bothy at 18.30 km, followed by Ardleish in a further 1 km where for those of you who are staying in Ardlui hotel, can catch the ferry across the water to Ardlui.  If you are not staying at Ardlui then ignore the turn off to the small jetty and continue on the Way and follow the signs for Inverarnan. Ensure you check your tailored accommodation sheet for details of your overnight stay. 

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. 

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

OS Grid
NN 33702 08871
DD
56.243183, -4.685154
DMS
56°14'35.5"N 4°41'06.6"W
UTM
30V 395567 6234422
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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.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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