The village of Arrochar is a popular gathering place for mountaineers due to its excellent road and rail links and close proximity to the Arrochar Alps.
Located at the head of Loch Long, Arrochar is one of the main gateways to the Argyll Forest Park, which stretches from the western shores of Loch Lomond south as far as Holy Loch. The village is set amongst some of the most beautiful scenery on the Cowal peninsula and is also a convenient base for exploring the northern section of the park. Easily reached by road and also by rail as Arrochar lies on the West Highland Line.
The park includes the Arrochar Alps, north of Glen Croe and Glen Kinglas, whose Munros offer some of the best climbing in Argyll: Ben Ime (3,318 ft) is the tallest of the range, while Ben Arthur (also known as 'The Cobbler' and stands at 2891 ft) is easily the most distinctive. All are for experienced walkers only.
At the other end of the scale, there are several gentle forest walks throughout the park clearly laid out by the Forestry Commission and helpful leaflets are available from local tourist offices.
Arrochar offers accommodation, places to eat and drink and local amenities such as a convenience shop.