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Arrochar sits on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute. This quiet town is the perfect getaway location for adventurers visiting Argyll and the Cowal peninsula. Our guide takes a close look at the best things to do in Arrochar.
This popular holiday destination attracts tourists from all around the world. This is due to its enchanting shores and breathtaking mountain ranges.
Whether you plan on visiting Arrochar with a partner, friends or family, you will have a great time exploring it’s beautiful surroundings and admiring the scenic views here.
The town also offers comfortable and traditional accommodation, great restaurants, local pubs.
Planning a trip around Scotland? Arrochars also makes an excellent base for those heading to other Scottish towns such as Dunoon, Inveraray, Oban, Callander, Aberfoyle and Stirling.
Things to do in Arrochar
As the village is within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park – there are many things to do here.
Arrochar is not only a popular holiday destination for mountaineers, but many also come here to enjoy the gentle forest walks in Argyll Forest Park and its surrounding areas.
As the town can be easily reached by road and rail, it makes it an excellent choice for both long weekends and day trips!
We have listed our top things to do in Arrochar below.
Hillwalkers visiting the Arrochar Alps are always impressed by the views which come at the top of their climb. Many brave climbers will climb these hills into the wintertime, however, we advise that you take on the climb during the Scottish summertime.
The Alps sit north of Glen Croe and Glen Kinglas. The tallest mountain in Arrochar is Ben Ime (3,318 ft), however, the town is famous for being home to Ben Arthur (2891 ft) which is known as ‘The Cobbler’.
The Arrochar Alps offers visitors here a great challenge as they are recommended to experienced walkers only.
For detailed routes through the Arrochar Alps check out Walkhighlands:
- The Cobbler (Ben Arthur)
- Beinn Ime and Beinn Narnain – can be done together or separately
- Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) – not to be confused with Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)
- Ben Vane
Argyll Forest Park
You will find Arrochar at the head of Loch Long which makes the town one of the main gateways to the Argyll Forest Park.
Argyll is home to one of Scotland’s most beautiful forest parks.
With woodland, mountains, lochs and glens all in the one place, Argyll Forest Park is a paradise for explorers.
The park was established in 1935 which makes it’s Britain’s oldest Forest Park – Annochar locals would argue that its the best too!
There is so much to see here – Argyll Forest Park stretches from the ‘Holy Loch’ to the Arrochar Alps.
Loch Long should be on the top of your to do list.
It is a hotspot for those that enjoy water sports and diving.
Kayaking is a popular choice with tourists. Here you get the chance to paddle through some of Scotlands most beautiful and untouched wildernesses. absolute bliss!
If you are planning on fishing during your trip to Loch Long you can do so from the shore and by boat.
As it is a sea loch, it is not unusual for fishermen to find cod, whiting, plaice, mackerel, skate, wrasse, pollack and spurdog within these waters.
Visitors can fish in Loch Long for free. However, it is illegal to land any migratory fish such as Salmon or Sea Trout. If you do catch either kind of fish you must return them to the water immediately.
Hire a boat from local providers in Arrochar.
If you are an animal lover, you will fit right in with many of the tourists that travel to this part of Scotland to see rare wildlife in their natural habitats.
Expect scenes from Planet Earth during your visit to Loch Long.
This quiet part of the National Park is home to an array of wildlife and it would not be unusual for you to spot some of its residents.
Within and above the waters you will find gannets, eider ducks, cormorants, oystercatchers, grey seals, and on the rare occasion whales, porpoises, dolphins and golden eagles.
The iconic Loch Lomond is just a short journey away from Arrochar. Do not miss Loch Lomond when driving to Arrochar.
With so much to see around Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, the best way to experience it is by boat.
There are trips around Loch Lomond which suit all budgets. This makes it a great day out for families with kids.
The areas which surround Loch Lomond are very special. If you are looking for things to do in the Trossachs you will find many outdoor adventures, glens, mountains and beaches around here!
While you visiting Arrochar, make sure you book in for a spa day at one of Scotland’s award winning resorts, Cameron Spa.
Cameron Spa is well known for its relaxing atmosphere and first class service.
Facilities at this spa include a VIP couple’s room with a mineral bath, a relaxing steam room and private balcony, a Rasul mud chamber with steam room, and a Relaxation Suite.
One of the main highlights of this stunning spa near Arrochar is the Cameron Spa rooftop infinity pool.
Unlike other spas in this area guests cab take a refreshing dip while they take in the views of Loch Lomond’s surrounding areas.
Get outdoors and enjoy waked camping in the National park.
Scotland allows visitors to ‘wild camp’ as part of the responsible access through the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Wild camping should always be lightweight, done in small numbers and only for a short period of time in any one place (only for two or three nights).
‘Wild camping’ is an excellent way experience the National Park and get to know the local wildlife.
It also makes a perfect base for climbing the Arrochar Alps.
During the summer months, you will experience beautiful sunsets on the Loch and quiet nights under the stars during your wild camping trip.
Spectacular scenery is just one advantage wild camping has over staying in a hotel in Arrochar. But, you can mix it up during your trip to get the best of both worlds.