The Three Lochs Way fully illustrated guidebook has now been updated and reprinted and is available online for £10 + post and packing.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! 26 January 2024 The TLW route between Balloch and Helensburgh or vice versa is impassable as shown on the map. We really mean impassable as there is no easy way through until the fallen trees are cleared. We hope that will happen soon. Meantime we suggest you use the alternative route shown in purple on the same map.
ALERT - 31 January 2024
Don't be put off by the multiple ROAD CLOSED signs along the single track road in Glen Fruin. The road is closed only to vehicular traffic while INEOS repair the pipeline that runs through the glen. You do have to walk through the work compound at the head of the glen and you should dismount in the vicinity of any heavy plant which may be operating. This arrangement may be in place for sometime. There is no barrier to walkers, cyclists or horse riders using the Three Lochs Way.
Gentle landscapes are gradually replaced by the scenic drama of mountain, crag and loch as the Three Lochs Way crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and heads towards the mountains of the Southern Highlands. With Loch Lomond, The Gareloch and Loch Long as recurrent scenic backdrops, the Three Lochs Way takes you on a fascinating journey through place and time as it links a necklace of communities strung along the Clyde Sea Lochs fringe of Scotland's first national park.
Rarely rising above 250 metres, the route's 55 kilometres (34 miles) can easily be walked in 3 to 4 days and with the West Highland railway line never far away, it also offers plenty of options for shorter day walks. Total ascent is approximately 1,500 metres.
Top Ten Highlights
The Three Lochs Way is increasingly popular with geocachers these days. For more info check out www.geocaching.com
The Three Lochs Way is a 34.5 mile long distance route Although developed and promoted primarily with walkers in mind, much of the route follows broad tracks and paths which are also accessible on a bike or horse.
The John Muir Way and the Three Lochs Way share some of the route between Helensburgh and Balloch. At Inveruglas, Inverbeg and Tarbet there are summer ferry links to the West Highland Way and at Arrochar you can join The Cowal Way which in turn links via the Portavadie -Tarbert ferry across Loch Fyne to the Kintyre Way Click on the links for more information.
Our Funding Partners
The Three Lochs Way is managed and maintained by the voluntary efforts of members of Helensburgh & District Access Trust which urgently requires funding for improvements to the route. Find out more on how you can help.