Gallus Running
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet

Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet

Length
27.5 Kms
Elevation gain
679 m
Max elevation
150 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
****
Type
Out and back
Route id
576
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
3 Kms
Dirt road
9.6 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
14.9 Kms
Markers, units and tools
Show direction markers
Show highlight markers
Swap units
Get GPX
OS Map
Sponsor this route
Directions to start point
This is mainly an out and back though there is a bit of a loop in the middle. The route is mainly on the West Highland Way and so take into account it can get busy during the summer. This review is from November and we only saw one person along the whole run.
So we head off from the car park at Rowardennan after taking a moment to enjoy the beauty of Loch Lomond. The route follow the small road heading north up the loch. There are a few houses and a youth hostel which the road serves. You are rewarded with lots of views of the loch as you head out but after
2.7 Kms
you start the first main climb of the run. This route although only getting as high as
150 m
does include about
679 m
along the way. At this point there are two ways to go, we went out on the higher path and came back on the lower one.
After
4.6 Kms
we start a downhill section but the route does through several steep climbs in along the way just to prevent you feeling everthing is too easy. The road becomes more of a trail and takes you closer to the loch.
Just before Inversnaid you start the steepest climb of the route as we go up the hill towards Loch Arklet. This can get muddy and wet in places but is one of those trails that are rather fun. Until that is you lose on foot in a boddy section and end up face planting. Once over the top you arrive at a small car park. Take the exit and once at the small tarred road run right. This takes you all the way up to Loch Arklet
The ruins of the old Roman garrison are beside the small farm just before the dam and worth a visit if time permits. From Loch Arklet you turn around and head back the way you came.
On the way back at
20.2 Kms
we took the lower path on the right rather than the main dirt road. This does get rather technical in parts and you are forever going up and down. The views though are brilliant as you end up frequently at the shore line. Again in tourist season this might be bad choice but for us it was just perfect. At
27.5 Kms
you are back at the car park and if in summer perhaps a good time for a wee dip in the loch.
Route directions
Kms
1
From the car park head north to join the small road. West Highland Way (WHW)

0
2
Keep to the main road past the hostel as it forrks to the right

0.4
3
Keep on the main path

2.7
4
Just before the waterfall take the trail to the right up the hill

11.2
5
Out into the open

11.5
6
Arriving at the car park turn left and follow the exit out

12.1
7
At the road turn right

12.2
8
Past the old roman garrison on the left

12.8
9
Arriving at the dam on Loch Arklet and time to head back

13.7
10
Possible detour on the right takes you to the trail to the garrison

13.8
11
Back into the car park

15.1
12
Back onto the trail. Small detour avilable from the car park to the view area

15.2
13
On arriving at the WHW turn left back the way you came

16.1
14
Take the path on the right through the trees

20.2
15
Up the wee hill towards the main path

24.7
16
And back onto the WHW taking a right

2.7
17
Back into the car park

27.4
18
Perhaps time for a swin in the loch

27.5
Car park area
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. The monument, by Scottish artist Doug Cocker, acts as a focal point for the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park.  This was established to commemorate those Scots who laid down their lives during the Second World War.
The monument, by Scottish artist Doug Cocker, acts as a focal point for the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park. This was established to commemorate those Scots who laid down their lives during the Second World War.
Car park area
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. 576_sm_018.jpg
576_sm_018.jpg
West Highland Way
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. Early on the route
Early on the route
Loch Lomond
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. From the lower path
From the lower path
West Highland Way
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. On the high road
On the high road
West Highland Way
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. 576_sm_004.jpg
576_sm_004.jpg
Towards the loch
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. On the low path
On the low path
Towards the loch
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. 576_sm_015.jpg
576_sm_015.jpg
Towards the loch
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. 576_sm_016.jpg
576_sm_016.jpg
Past Rowchoish
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. Good quality path
Good quality path
Past Rowchoish
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. 576_sm_006.jpg
576_sm_006.jpg
Towards Inversnaid
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. Looking north
Looking north
Towards Inversnaid
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. 576_sm_008.jpg
576_sm_008.jpg
Over the hill to Loch Arklet
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. Gets a wee bit muddy at times
Gets a wee bit muddy at times
Over the hill to Loch Arklet
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. 576_sm_012.jpg
576_sm_012.jpg
Over the hill to Loch Arklet
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. 576_sm_013.jpg
576_sm_013.jpg
Lcoh Arklet area
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. Single track road to the loch
Single track road to the loch
Lcoh Arklet area
Rowerdennan to Loch Arklet. 576_sm_011.jpg
576_sm_011.jpg
Gallus Running web site is using cookies to enhance the visitor experience. See our cookie policy here.Accept cookies