The Walking Gateway to Argyll

Scotland's Great TrailsThe Three Lochs Way is one of Scotland's Great Trails

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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

  1. Stoneymollan Road, a delightful ancient route linking Balloch and Cardross.
  2. The stunning view over Loch Lomond when you cross the Highland Boundary Fault at Goukhill Muir.
  3. Helensburgh’s beautiful tree lined streets, especially colourful in Spring and Autumn.
  4. Charles Rennie Macintosh’s elegant domestic architectural masterpiece, "The Hill House".
  5. Peaceful Glen Fruin (but not in 1603 when 300 Macgregors routed a much larger force of Colquhouns in a major clan battle at the head of the glen).
  6. Great views north of Garelochhead over Loch Long to the knobbly skyline of ‘Argyll’s Bowling Green’ and the ‘Arrochar Alps’.
  7. The craggy ‘Cobbler’, the area’s finest mountain and a must climb ‘Corbet’.
  8. Delightful Glen Loin Woodlands, Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to red squirrels.
  9. The impressive Sloy hydro electricity installations, built at the end of WWII with help from German POWs.
  10. A traverse of the fine Munro, Ben Vorlich, from Loch Sloy over to Ardlui makes a great way to top off your Three Lochs Way experience.


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Make it a round trip

During July & August the water bus service means you can now make a circular tour of Loch Lomond using the Three Lochs Way and the West Highland Way, another of Scotland's Great Trails*.  The John Muir Way can be used to make the link around the south end of the loch.

Three Lochs Way Multi-use Notes

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.

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Links to other long distance routes

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.


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How you can help

Helensburgh and District Access TrustThe 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.