The Three Lochs Way is a long distance walking route that encompasses Loch Lomond, Loch Long and the Gare Loch. Starting in Balloch and finishing in Inveruglas the semi-ciruclar route takes 3-4 days of walking, 2 days of cycling or 1 day if you decide to take a road trip.
The stages are:
stage 1 – Balloch to Helensburgh
stage 2 – Helensburgh to Garelochhead
stage 3 – Garelochhead to Arrochar
stage 4 – Arrochar to Inveruglas
Starting in Balloch with its ancient castles and stories of Dukes and Kings the trail heads west toward the Clyde village of Helensburgh through open hills with spectacular views of Loch Lomond and the Clyde estuary. As you move forward on the trail from Helensburgh the route takes you through Glen Fruin and past the naval base of Faslane where the trail leads you into the village of Garelochhead. As a traditional holiday village for the residents of Glasgow Garelochhead has maintained its charm throughout the years and provides a quaint village experience for those who wish to stay overnight.
As you move forward from Garelochead and along the east shore of Loch Long there are many viewpoints for photography. If you enjoy the walk on a clear day you may see the local seals and porpoises playing in the water of Loch Long as you make your way to the top of the loch and the village of Arrochar. Arrochar has been central to the history of the area for hundreds of years and used to be major cross roads for commercial activities. As a gateway into Loch Lomond Arrochar has many restaurants and viewpoints to explore and if you have time there are several mountains nearby that are worth investigation.
Upon leaving Arrochar you head toward the hamlet of Succoth and into he wilds of Scotland and the mountains of Ben Vorlich and Ben VAne. You will pass through Glen loin and its surrounding forest where you may see red squirrels playing among the trees. As you come toward the end of the journey it is worth your time to explore the Loch Sloy Dam and its associated hydro electric plant which feeds into Loch Lomond and the end of your journey at Inveruglas. During the summer months there is a water ferry from Inverulgas to the eats shore of Loch Lomond where you can complete a full circular route back toward the Balloch.
The Three Lochs Way is a great walking adventure and several local guides are experts in the various paths. Using their assistance you can enjoy some company on the trail and get an in depth perspective of its history and culture. Each night of your journey will be different as you will need to camp or book a hotel to make sure you get the rest you need for the next day of walking. If you are travelling in the summer months make sure you book accommodation in advance as the area can get very busy.