The 2,900ft, 884m Cobbler is 44 miles
northwest of Glasgow, at Arrochar, 2 miles west of
Loch Lomond, on the A83 Road up to Inveraray.
Regular Buses run between Glasgow and Arrochar
stopping at the Hiking Car Park.
This is not a Munro as is just under
3,000ft, but is one of the most popular
Mountains in Scotland due to its looks.
There is a safe Tourist Trail all the way.
The Tougher Trail with a bit of Scrambling is
fairly safe in Summer when no Ice. Spikes and
Ice Axe may be needed from October to mid
Click On Map for area
Camping & Touring Parks in
The Image top is from Arrochar looking
across Loch Long, best place to get views of
the Mountains. That is Beinn Narnain at 3,034ft
next to The Cobbler, can also be Hiked in the
same day if you are fit enough. Large Image
The second image is of one of two large Car
Parks around below the Mountains, right where
the Trail starts. These are Pay and Display Car
Parks, about £1 per hour. The Cobbler will take
about 6 hours up and back if visiting both
sides. There is a Coin Machine and Credit Card
Machine, or you can pay by Phone, most Phones
get a reception here.
The start of the Trail is right across from
the second Car Park and Bus Stop.
The Trail has a good sign at the start, with
the first section Zig Zagging up through the
Woodland, allowing a steady hike much of the
You pass a Summer Seat where the Path
crosses a Forest Road, walk along the Forest
Road about 100 yards west past a
Telecommunications Tower then up another
Once out onto the Hillside, there is a good
steady Trail straight up to The Cobbler.
You pass a small Dam on the Trail, some
people cross over at the Dam and go up the West
Ridge, normally people that have been up a few
times and looking for a different route.
The Main Trail takes you to the bottom of
The Cobbler east side, where you get the choice
of straight up the Tough Route, or go on up
past and up the safer Tourist Trail. Both
Trails are real steep. The Trail is about 1,900ft here, so about 1,000ft to go to the top. Tough Route Large
I went up the Tough Route shown by the white
line to a low point with a large Cairn. This is
fairly easy with a faint trail most of the way,
just a few spots you have to pick your way up
through Boulders. There is a couple of places
you have to Climb up about 6 feet, but no
places where you are close to high drops.
Up to the east side Summit also has two
routes, round and up the Safe Tourist Trail, or
up the Steep Trail shown by the white line. The
Steep Trail has a bit of danger close to the
top as you have to cross a large sloping rock
right above the Cliffs, was tricky dry, be real
dangerous wet. Large Image
On a clear day this is a fairly safe
Mountain, best avoided in Thick Cloud though as
not a lot of room at the top and Cliffs are
much of the way around.
Crossing over to the West Summit is easy,
back down the Tourist Trail then across and
There is a Rock Stack on the West Side
popular with Climbers, Real Dangerous if you do
not have Climbing Experience. Large Image
Most people go back down the safe Tourist
Trail, that goes down and round the north side.
This is a Man Made Path much of the way, real
steep in places. Most people go up this
Once at the bottom, turn right and follow
the Main Trail back down to Arrochar. Large Image of
the Tourist Route Up.
Some people also hike Beinn Ime and Beinn
Narnain in the same day, people that are
You get some great views of Arrochar on the
Main Trail back down, especially at the Summer
The Map below shows the Trails and
Mountains, Blue Dots are the Tourist Trails,
yellow Clear Trails, Brown - Faint Paths or
Scrambling, Red - Steep & Scrambling.