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Rowardennan to Inversnaid


  • Distance / Time: 7 miles (11.2 km) / 4 to 5 hours
  • Total Ascent: 544m
  • Total Descent: 547m
  • Max Height: 149m
  • Terrain: This stretch is mostly forestry track following the eastern shore of Loch Lomond with occasional diversions onto a rocky path with crags and boulders.
  • Accommodation: Inversnaid
  • Refreshments: Inversnaid  
  • Places of Interest: Rob Roy’s Prison, RSPB reserve.


  • From the large car park at Rowardennan, take the track north toward the Youth Hostel. By the entrance to the Youth Hostel the path forks; bear left along the Way through oak woodland.
  • After about 1km, the path divides again. The Way follows the right fork and the left fork leads to Ptarmigan Lodge. 300m further on, the Way itself divides. The right hand, higher path follows a forest track and is easier going but lacks the interesting features of the lower route. The lower route goes down step stone steps toward the shoreline through mature woodland. It is hard going in places; sometimes steep above the loch and sometimes scrambling among boulders and crags on the shoreline. The lower route is not recommended especially if carrying large rucksacks. Good footwear is essential for this lower section.
  • About 2.5km beyond Ptarmigan Lodge, the lower path reaches Rob Roy’s Prison; a large crag with a natural cell where Rob Roy is reputed to have held hostages.
  • The two paths rejoin just past Rowchoish bothy and continue through pleasant woodland, hugging the shoreline, for a further 5km to Inversnaid. Here the path crosses the Snaid Burn with its attractive waterfalls via two footbridges to arrive at the Inversnaid Hotel.
  • The nearby Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Reserve is also well worth a visit.