View of Loch Long from Arrochar
Beinn an Lochain from the old military road through Glen Croe, near Arrochar
View of Loch Long and The Cobbler from Arrochar
Arrochar
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Arrochar is one of few places in Scotland where I have been blessed with sheep experiences. No... not those sheep experiences! They were experiences of a most humbling nature. In one I was making my way up Beinn Ime and found a sheep on its back. It gave its legs a little frantic shake, tried desperately to right itself, then bleated, as if to say, 'Help! Ah canny get up!' Seemingly, this happens to sheep now and then. Bit of a design flaw, I should imagine. I slowly approached it, talking soft calm reassuring words, made contact with that oily wool, and pushed it onto its feet. The sheep had a pee, and wandered off. The other experience was in Glen Croe. A sheep had become stuck in mud, its front legs sunk deep. I tried to lift it out, but it was heavy and I only partially managed to free it. The sheep could hardly keep its head up. It was nearly dead. I frantically knocked a door on a cottage to find a farmer, made a phone call to a farmer, and did all I could. I don't know if it survived. I will never forget that sheep.
The mountains at Arrochar are the grandest, most awesome, most beautiful, breathtaking and scariest in all of Scotland. You don't need to be a mountaineer to see them. You can be sat on a bus as it passes through Glen Croe towards Rest and Be Thankful at the head of the glen. It's hard to imagine anywhere on Earth more beautiful than Glen Croe. On days when I've walked a small way to gain some height, the view down into that glen has been simply astonishing. And every time I'm there I wonder if that sheep made it.
LOCH LONG FROM ARROCHAR
GLEN CROE, NEAR ARROCHAR
THE COBBLER, FROM ARROCHAR
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How to
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You can get a bus to Arrochar from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station. Just over an hour, and you're there.
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