West Highland Way Section 3 Rowardennan to Inverarnan

West Highland Way Section 3 Rowardennan to Inverarnan

By Dave Roberts   

on December 17, 2020   No ratings yet.

West Highland Way Section 3 Rowardennan to Inverarnan

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Route Summary:

The Third section of the West Highland Way between Rowardennan and Inverarnan via the Inversnaid Hotel.

Start and Finish: Rowardennan to Inverarnan

Distance: 22.2 km

Ascent: 460 m

Time: 7 hours

Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

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Doune Byre Bothy at NN332 144, The Inversnaid Hotel and the Inversnaid Bunkhouse and Top Bunk Bistro is around 1km off the Way both at Inversnaid. Beinglas Campsite has a licenced bar (open to the public) and a little off the Way is The Drover’s Inn at Inverarnan.

Public Transport:

Not on this section.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Keep an eye out for:

The Inversnaid Falls, a walk up Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond (though you hardly need to keep an eye out for it!)

Recommended WHW Maps

West Highland Way Guidebooks:

Scottish Highland Guidebooks:

Businesses on this section of the West Highland Way: 

West Highland Way Section 3 Rowardennan to Inverarnan Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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West Highland Way Section 3 Rowardennan to Inverarnan

The third section of the West highland Way between Rowardennan and Inverarnan takes you largely through woodland along the shores of Loch Lomond, but has a welcome break at Inversnaid and a final section away from the lochside!

The first section follows the shores of Loch Lomond from Rowardennan to Inversnaid for around 12km, a leisurely morning’s backpacking. It’s all Loch Lomond, and trees, with numerous ruins along the way that are a reminder that Loch Lomond would have supported a much larger population at one time. Now, it’s just thru walkers on the West Highland Way bringing a welcome boost to the economy.

You’ll need to reach Inversnaid before you see any sign of economy, a small hamlet that’s mainly the Inversnaid Hotel that can be reached either by ferry from other locations on Loch Lomond or along an arduous road journey from the east. There’s also the Inversnaid Bunkhouse a km or so down the minor road for those who want bunkhouse accommodation. They also have a licenced restaurant

After a final 6km section you’ll be leaving Loch Lomond behind. Keep an eye out for the Doune Byre bothy on this section. It’s a final 4km or so as you climb up on the first sustained ascent for days (and it’s not a huge climb, you’ll be glad to hear) over towards Beinglas Campsite in Inverarnan. The blue tent on the OS maps suggests a basic site, but there’s much more than just a campsite here – with a bar as well as self catering accommodation. Those looking for a pub can walk a kilometre or so over towards the Drover’s Inn in Inverarnan.

Featured Image  – Photo credit: Ronnie Macdonald via Foter.com / CC BY


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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