Three Lochs Way : Walking in Scotland
The Three Lochs Way medium distance walking trail in Scotland takes in Loch Lomond, Gare Loch and Loch Long.
Linking towns and villages on the west side of Loch Lomond between Balloch and Inveruglas, the Three Lochs Way is a generally low level, 55 kilometre (34mile) route which can easily be walked in 3 to 4 days. The route also offers lots of attractive and interesting options for people seeking shorter day walks - and with some great downhill sections, mountain bikers are sure to enjoy the Three Lochs Way too. Total ascent over the whole route is approximately 900 metres.
Gentle pastoral landscapes around Balloch are gradually replaced by the scenic drama of mountain, crag and sealoch as the the Three Lochs Way crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and heads towards the glaciated glens and sea lochs of Argyll’s Highland margin.
Enjoy new perspectives over Loch Lomond as you take the ancient Stoneymollan Road west from Balloch. Then stroll Helensburgh's beautiful tree lined streets and admire Charles Rennie Macintosh’s elegant domestic architectural masterpiece, The Hill House. Follow the ‘The Highlandman’s Road’, the ancient 'coffin way' which for centuries linked the people of Glen Fruin with their parish church in the village of Rhu.
Go through Glen Fruin, when in 1603, 300 Macgregors routed a much larger force of Colquhouns in a major inter-clan battle. Then explore the deserted 'ferm toun' of Morelaggan overlooking Loch Long. You can walk the 'Arrochar Alps', including the area’s iconic peak, ‘The Cobbler’, and as you approach Inveruglas, you can detour to the impressive Loch Sloy hydro-electric dam.
Balloch to Helensburgh Approx 4 hours Walk
Helensburgh to Garelochhead Approx 3 hours Walk
Garelochhead to Arrochar / Tarbet Approx 5 hours Walk
Arrochar / Tarbert - Inveruglas Approx 3 hours Walk
The Three Lochs Way can easily be walked in 3 to 4 days and biked in a day.
With the West Highland Railway Line never far away there are lots of attractive and interesting options for people seeking shorter day walks as the four stages each starts or finishes within reach of a railway station, although that at Garelochhead is 5km off the route.
Links to other long distance routes
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.