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Crianlarich is a small village located in the southern highlands of Scotland on the A82/A85 approximately 11KM NNE of Loch Lomond. It is located within the ‘Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park’.

Getting To Crianlarich

Whether by road or rail or indeed, on foot, Crianlarich is easy to get to. The local train station in the village offers services to Glasgow, Oban and Fort William; the A82 (from Glasgow/Fort William) and A85 (from Stirling) intersect in the village and ensure the village is well connected via road. The infamous West Highland Way passes very close to the village making Crianlarich a popular overnight stop.

Village Facilities

Things To Do

Hill Walking: Cruach Ardrain, Beinn Tulaichean, Ben More, Stob Binnein, Ben Challum, Meall Glas, and Sgiath Chuil are within walking distance while the Arrochar Alps, Ben Lawers, Ben Lomond, Beinn Dubhchraig, Ben Oss, Ben Lui and the Bridge Of Orchy hills are a short drive away. Within 25KM of Crianlarich (as the crow flies) you will find 30-odd Munros, and a good number of Corbetts.

Winter Climbing: Beinn Udlaidh, Beinn an Dothaidh and Ben Lui are within easy reach, with Glencoe a bit further.

Road Cycling: There are many possibilities for road cycling in the area. For a short loop, try Glen Orchy (56KM), for a longer loop, cycle around Loch Awe (150KM) (could also use train/car to shorten this [to 100KM] by starting at Dalmally). For some hills to grind up, try a loop through Tarbet (Via A82) and the Arrochar Alps returning via Inveraray, Dalmally &Tyndrum (112KM). Beware that the A82 is busy/narrow. Set off early, or use the train (Crianlarich–>Tarbet)!

Climbing: Glen Coe and Glen Etive or for sport climbers, new routes have been developed in Glen Ogle. Further afield, Benny Beg offers more sports routes.

Mountain Biking:

Loch Lyon Loop: Start at Tyndrum. Join the WHW at the Tyndrum Shop (Streetview Link). Head up the hill, soon enough you’ll be off-road. Keep following the WHW. It turns into technical singletrack for a short section before sending you under the railway. Descend to the junction at ‘Gleann Ach’ innis Chailein’ (NN327 357). Leave the WHW here (don’t go over the bridge), rather take the track to the right keeping the river on your left. Stay on this track under the (left-most) railway bridge and up into the glen. A number of fords maintain interest (NB: These are the easier fords, those around Loch Lyon are faster/deeper). The track starts to climb until it gets to the end of the path marked on the OS maps at NN368 397 (Weir/Bridge). If you fancy nailing a Munro, loch bike to the fence and hike up the steep slopes of Beinn Mhanach (~1.5hrs return for the hike). On the bike again continue along the track, descending now towards Loch Lyon. There is a good track right around this (not marked on OS map). For the best of the limited descents available, do it Anti-Clockwise. Several river crossings (all ridable) again maintain interest! Another Munro, ‘Beinn Heasgarnich’ is climbable from the south side of the loch at about NN402405 in about 3-4Hrs return. Once you reach the dam at Glen Lyon, take your photo’s, but don’t try to use it to cross (as you can’t get out the other side!). Hit the tarmac, (past the generating building if you wish), and then onwards, over a road bridge, keeping an eye out for a gated track to your left (NN459 419). Take this track, and climb gradually, for good views over the dam and loch. Descend on the track, and continue to the ford at ‘Gleann Meran’. Ride this ford and continue around the loch to complete the loop. The return leg is the same as the outward leg offering a fast descent from the weir/bridge back to the WHW. Distance: 48KM. Grade: Moderate/‘Red’ due to ride-length and river crossings. Some photos.