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The Arrochar Alps




The Arrochar Alps are a group of mountains located around the head of Loch Long, Loch Fyne,and Loch Goil, near the villages of Arrochar and Lochgoilhead in Argyll, Scotland. The mountains are especially popular with hillwalkers, due to their proximity and accessibility from Glasgow. They are largely within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and in part also extend into the Argyll Forest Park. Glens which go into the heart of the range include Glen Croe, Hell's Glen and Glen Kinglas.

The Arrochar Alps, is a great hillwalking area, which are so-called because they are said to resemble the Alps in miniature, not just because of their rocky and rugged character, but because of the weather conditions which can be surprisingly volatile.  Their vicinity to Glasgow and their excellent views make them one of the most popular walking and climbing areas in Scotland.

And if you’re bagging Munros, that is to say climbing the 284 or so highest mountains in Scotland, Arrochar is the perfect base for climbing a good number of peaks The main hills making up the mountains known as the Arrochar Alps are:

Mountain Designation Height NGR
Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) Corbett 884 m (2900 ft) NN259057
Beinn Luibhean Corbett 858 m (2815 ft) NN243079
Beinn Ime Munro 1011 m (3317 ft) NN255084
Beinn Narnain Munro 926 m (3040 ft) NN272067
Ben Vane Munro 915 m (3002 ft) NN278098
Ben Vorlich Munro 943 m (3093 ft) NN295124

What are Munros, Corbetts and Grahams?

The Munros are the highest of Scotland's mountains, 282 mountain tops named after the man who first catalogued them, Sir Hugh Munro. The Munros are among the finest mountains in Scotland.  A Munro is any peak higher than 3,000 feet (914.4 m). The Corbetts are the equivalent mountains with altitudes between 2500 and 3000 feet (762 - 914.4 m) and the Grahams are those between 2000 and 2500 feet (609.6 - 762 m). Whilst smaller in stature many Corbetts and Grahams rival Munros for walking and climbing.

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