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Kinlochard 5 lochs

Kinlochard 5 lochs

Length
26.9 Kms
Elevation gain
467 m
Max elevation
230 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
**
Type
Loop
Route id
567
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
0 Kms
Dirt road
19.5 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
7.4 Kms
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This 5 loch route from Kinlochard has been something of a challenge for us to actually complete. Several attempts have been twarted with closed access to foreset areas or the paths being under a landslide. However, here is the route in full and the best way.
The route in mainly good quality forest road with
7.4 Kms
of trail along the way. Part of that trail from the crossing of the B829 to the road along Loch Katrine is difficult to follow in parts, especially in summer when everything is overgrown. We do recommend you have some sort of navigation aid on that section.
The route heads out of the car park and you quickly find the small uphill path on the right. This is only about
500 m
and brings you onto the forest road where you turn left. In the first section of this Loch Ard can be seen behind you.
The forest road continues in and out of the trees and takes you past Loch Dhu, Inversnaid and Loch Chon. This part is nice enough, but very undulating. You join the Great Trossachs way just before the forest road meets the B829 where you take a left. This is about
8.8 Kms
into the run.
This is where things start to get interesting as the trail crosses the road and takes you uphill. For a short while on forest road again. At just after
9.8 Kms
you leave the forest road and take the faint path on the left. This is currently marked with an arrow made from stones, but if you are still on forest road and back in the trees you have gone too far. Check the picutres for this route to get an idea of what the path look likes. This section is real trail and difficult to see the actual path in places during the summer. In our last summeer visit the ferns were higher than we were which made for a lot of stops to check where we were going. This section rewards you with great views over Loch Katrine.
The trail section ends when you hit the small private road beside the Royal Cottage. You take a left and follow the road until you reach a tee junction where you take another left. You will see the path on the right after about
100 m
. The path takes you towards Loch Arklet where you take the path down to the towards the road and the top of the loch.
From here the trail takes alongside the B829 though slighly up the hill. You cross the B829 two times before rejoining the forest road alonside Loch Chon and back the way you came to the car park.
The route can be extended to include Loch Lomond by following the train along Loch Arklet, but would mean coming back the same way. As we mentioned at the start this route does seem to have more than its fair share of closures. However, keep in mind that the small roads here do not have a lot of traffic and make good road running routes.
Route directions
Kms
1
Head towards the small road from the car park

0
2
Turn right at the road

0.1
3
Follow the marked path on the right going uphill

0.2
4
Turn right at the forest road

0.8
5
Take the forest road to the right

3.5
6
Take road to left going uphill

3.9
7
Before the road, take the path on the left

8.9
8
Cross the road and keep to the path

9
9
At the forest road turn right up the hill

9.5
10
Easy path to miss heading uphill on left. Stones mark the start.

9.9
11
At the small tarred road turn left

11.4
12
At the tee junction turn left uphill

13.9
13
Take the signposted path on the right

14
14
Turn left taking the path towards the road

14.7
15
Cross the road and follow the path

14.9
16
Cross the road and follow the path

15.3
17
Cross the forest road and keep on the path, slighlty up the forest road

17.4
18
Turn right at the forest path, going back the way you came out

18
19
Straight on and up the hill

23
20
Take forest road on the left

23.4
21
Take the small path on the left back to the car park

26.1
22
A left at the road

26.6
23
And a left back into the car park

26.8
24
And completion of the 5 lochs

26.9
Car park area
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Small car park
Small car park
Car park area
Kinlochard 5 lochs. In the summer time - has the car moved ?
In the summer time - has the car moved ?
Path entrance
Kinlochard 5 lochs. In winter time
In winter time
Path entrance
Kinlochard 5 lochs. In summer
In summer
Path from car park
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Up through the trees
Up through the trees
Forest road
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Most common run surface on this route
Most common run surface on this route
Early in the route
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Winter sunrise over Loch Ard
Winter sunrise over Loch Ard
Early in the route
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Loch Ard through the trees
Loch Ard through the trees
Early in the route
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Out of the tress for a while
Out of the tress for a while
Views opening up
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Loch Ard in the distance
Loch Ard in the distance
Views opening up
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Open countryside
Open countryside
Close to Inversnaid
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Scotland in green
Scotland in green
Close to Inversnaid
Kinlochard 5 lochs. To Inversnaid
To Inversnaid
Close to Inversnaid
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Loch Dhu
Loch Dhu
Loch Dhu
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Very small loch
Very small loch
Loch Chon
Kinlochard 5 lochs. On a still winter morning
On a still winter morning
Loch Chon
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Reflections
Reflections
Halfway down Loch Chon
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Loch view
Loch view
Halfway down Loch Chon
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Straight across the loch
Straight across the loch
Top of Loch Chon
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Another winter morning
Another winter morning
Top of Loch Chon
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Down the loch
Down the loch
Top of Loch Chon
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Back into the trees
Back into the trees
In the forest
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Trees, trees and more trees
Trees, trees and more trees
Great Trossachs way path
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Entrance to the path
Entrance to the path
Great Trossachs way path
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Approaching the path
Approaching the path
Great Trossachs way path
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Information sign
Information sign
Great Trossachs way path
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Information sign
Information sign
Great Trossachs way path
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Route is now trail
Route is now trail
Looking down the glen
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Getting up the hill
Getting up the hill
Turn point
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Easy to miss, look for the arrow
Easy to miss, look for the arrow
Path starts to fade
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Heading up hill
Heading up hill
Path starts to fade
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Well over grown in summer
Well over grown in summer
Single trail
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Path is difficult to see in places
Path is difficult to see in places
Loch Katrine
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Looking down on the loch
Looking down on the loch
Loch Katrine
Kinlochard 5 lochs. View of the hills
View of the hills
Loch Katrine
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Great view down the loch
Great view down the loch
Loch Katrine
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Looking up the loch
Looking up the loch
Small tarred road
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Leads from the Royal cottage
Leads from the Royal cottage
Small private road
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Heading to Stronalchlachar
Heading to Stronalchlachar
Loch Arklet
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Information sign
Information sign
Loch Arklet
Kinlochard 5 lochs. View over Loch Arklet
View over Loch Arklet
Loch Arklet
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Snow on the hills
Snow on the hills
Queen Victoria
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Information sign
Information sign
Queen Victoria
Kinlochard 5 lochs. All about the queen
All about the queen
Loch Arklet
Kinlochard 5 lochs. From the road
From the road
Loch Arklet
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Another view from the road
Another view from the road
Troassachs path
Kinlochard 5 lochs. Looking back at Loch Arklet
Looking back at Loch Arklet
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