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Glen Loin Loop

Length
17.8 Kms
Elevation gain
366 m
Max elevation
306.6 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
*****
Type
Loop
Route id
547
Main road
0.1 Kms
Country road
0.5 Kms
Dirt road
13.2 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
4 Kms
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Directions to start point
This is a great medium length run with some fantastic scenery along the way. It is an almost constant uphill for the first
8 Kms
or so but none of the climbs are too steep. The start/end location is worth visit in it's own right as the views down the loch are brilliant.
So from the car park you have a very short section on the pavement beside the main rod before turning right and up a dirt road. The route is marked most of the way as the Glen Loin loop so you should have no issues following. A short length up the dirt road one of the markers points you across a small field on the right. This takes you up onto a trail path in the trees.
The route then opens up and just after the
2 Kms
mark the climbing starts for real. The views back down Glen Loin are stunning as is the route ahead. The path is mainly trail but good quality and mainly out in the open. The end of the first section is just after the
5 Kms
point and marked with the crossing of a small bridge. From here the trail becomes a well maintained forest road.
At
6 Kms
a left turn takes you towards Glean Leacann Sheileach and some great running even if the first two KMs are uphill. Looking around you will see the two Ben Vorlichs amongst many Munroes. Also Loch Lomond and Loch Arklet in the distance. Although at the
6 Kms
mark you are close to the Loch Sloy dam you don't actually see it till much further round the route.
Passing the small dam at just after
8 Kms
marks the end of the real climbing and from here you head into the trees. You have about
4 Kms
of mainly trees which after the first part of the run seems rather disappointing. However on a hot day the shelter from the sun is most welcome. Yes the sun does shine in Scotland.
At about
12 Kms
the trees open up again and you have mixed running, sometimes in the trees and sometimes out. Gradual downhill so you can really stretch those legs. At just after the
15 Kms
mark the route takes you left on a short zig zag to the base of Glen Loin. You could turn right and follow the Cobbler path down instead.
When you are in Succoth village you come to a tee with a small road. The path you should take is at the tee and marked for a footbridge. This is just a path through a grassy field and very short. You could turn right and follow the small road back to the main road.
Once at the main road you will see the car park to the left. You get there by crossing the road and going over the footbridge. The car park area is a great spot for stretching and a picnic. Various cafes and eaters are close by.
Put this route on your to do list.
Route directions
Kms
1
Start

0
2
Cross the road and had left

0
3
Turn right at the small road just before the bridge

0.2
4
Follow the Cowall signs for the small path on the right

0.4
5
Once across the field turn left

0.5
6
Now on a dirt road that gradually turns to trail

0.8
7
At the tee turn left following the Glen Loin loop signs

5.4
8
Turn left over Inveruglas water, again this is sign posted

6
9
Past the small dam

8.4
10
Your are now amongst the trees

8.5
11
A small wooden marker, marks the left turn over a small ford

9.1
12
At the top beside the dam turn left

9.2
13
At the tee turn left

15.5
14
Once out of the trees the path bends to the right

16.4
15
At the tee with the small road, take the small path across the road.

17.2
16
Cross the main road and take path going over the footbridge

17.6
17
And you are back. Enjoy the views down the loch as you stretch

17.8
Car park area
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At the end of the run and the wind has come up a bit
Car park area
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The impact of too many runs
Car park area
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Early morning and Loch Long is still
Car park area
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The car park and picnic area
Car park area
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The loch and Arrochar
Car park area
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A bit more of Arrochar and less loch
Initial dirt road
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Just off the main road
Cowall way
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Small path across the field
Cowall way
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One of the Cowall way sign posts
Further into the glen
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Before the start of the climbs
Further into the glen
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In and out of the trees
Hills around the path
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The green of Scotland
Gate marking end of dirt road
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From here it starts to turn into a trail
Gate marking end of dirt road
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Path turning towards a trail
Start of a climb
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First main hill ahead
Start of a climb
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Looking back down the glen
Climbing
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Starting to gain heigth
Climbing
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Back down the glen
Higher up
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Still in Glen Loin
Higher up
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More back down the glen
Higher up
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Last view back down Glen Loin
Into the trees
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For a short distance
Into the trees
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Looking back just before entering the small wood
Turning point towards Loch Sloy
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Well sign posted
Turning point towards Loch Sloy
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Hills all around
Turning point towards Loch Sloy
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Good quality dirt roads from this point
Start of main climb
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Looking back down the path
Glean Leacann Sheileach
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Route ahead
Glean Leacann Sheileach
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Beautiful
Glean Leacann Sheileach
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Is that the other Ben Vorlich in the distance
Glean Leacann Sheileach
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The road behind
Glean Leacann Sheileach
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And the road in front
Ford crossing
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Marker on right, but path on the left
Ford crossing
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The small ford to cross
In and out of the trees
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Nice views when gaps appear in the trees
In and out of the trees
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Loch Sloy dam in the distance
The trees
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Lots of trees
Sight of Loch Long
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The loch in the distance
Looking down on Arrochar
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Just after the tee junction
Looking down on Arrochar
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Looking down at Arrochar
Looking down on Arrochar
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Start of the zig zag
Flat road through the village
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At last a flat bit
Flat road through the village
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Approaching Succoth
The wee field
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Path from the small road to the main road and finish
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