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.
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
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!
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