Climbing The Cobbler – Ben Arthur, Arrochar – Guest Post

Ben Arthur, commonly known as “The Cobbler”, is the most famous peak of the Arrochar Alps and is located directly opposite and across Loch Long from the village of Arrochar.  Climbing The Cobbler is a pleasant experience at any time of the year, except when the weather is totally wild eh.

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Ben Arthur “The Cobbler”

We camped overnight at the foot of the mountain and set off around mid-morning to climb.  Note:  Please check that camping on the shores of Loch Long is permitted nowadays before setting out.  If you require accommodation near the base of the mountain it may be found by visiting:  Arrochar Guest Houses

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The Cobbler (right) and the Arrochar Alps

There is a Forestry Commission pathway which leads up the mountain and it is clearly signposted from the roadside – A83 – at the foot of the mountain.  Take this route!  It begins with wet, slippery rocks underfoot, amid the shadow of pine trees forest…  And, it’s a steep incline to begin this refreshing day!

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Ben Arthur (left) over Loch Long with Ben Lomond in the distance

Quite suddenly, one surfaces from the shadows of that steep slope to step into broad daylight.  From here the path leads gradually along a plateau (almost) which was clearly the approach to the base of the summit. 

As you look back, from here the views over Loch Long are stunning.  

For Arrochar History and Information please see: Arrochar Information

2 thoughts on “Climbing The Cobbler – Ben Arthur, Arrochar – Guest Post

  1. Mark small

    Myself and 5 other family members climbed the cobbler to raise funds for my special needs son, I have to say I struggled to get to summit but is made in it 3.5 hrs which was not to bad for an auld person lol, I must say that hardest section was section 1 getting from start to getting out of forest as very steep and round and round and steeper it got.

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  2. Chris

    Have climbed the Cobbler two time and each time it was great fun. Sorry I don’t have any photos to forward to you. The experience from the pinnacle standing over that sheer 300 feet drop are memorable. Look forward to doing it again!

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