Things to do in Arrochar, Argyll and Bute
It is easy to reach being on the junction of the A83/A814 and is served by trains on the West Highland Line. The station is called the Arrochar and Tarbet Railway station.
The area has a long history, being ruled first by the barons of Arrochar and later by the chiefs of the MacFarlane Clan.
It became such a frequent occurrence that the full moon became known as "MacFarlane's lantern"!
In 1263 a party of raiding Vikings dragged their boats through the gap carved by ancient glaciers between Arrochar and Loch Lomond.Largs before coming to grief on the stormy seas.
One unexpected site in Arrochar is the Torpedo Testing facility, a relic which was finally closed in 1980. Although partly demolished, it was used for firing torpedoes from the long tubes in front of the facility.
The unarmed torpedoes were recovered by boat and analysed.
Modern Day Arrochar
This picturesque village won the Calor Village of the Year Award in 2009 and admirably demonstrated its community spirit, good communications, sustainability and proved itself a better place to live and work.
As well as small general stores there is a pottery studio and craft gallery in the village which has a range of locally crafted ceramics, jewellery and paintings.
Things to Do in Arrochar
Nestled in the Arrochar Alps in the shadow of the Cobbler Peak, also known as Ben Arthur, Arrochar is the starting point for climbs up this 2946 feet high peak.
Arrochar is situated on the eastern shores of pretty Loch Long and backing onto Loch Lomond, less than two miles away.Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park which is very popular for its magnificent scenery.
Hill walking, mountain biking, nature spotting and other outdoor pursuits can all be enjoyed in this unspoilt area and guided hikes are available with qualified local leaders.
Fishing is popular, for mackerel and conger eel, and small boats can be hired at Arrochar marina and pier.
For something completely different, why not take a trip in a seaplane from Loch Lomond?Glasgow is just 45 minutes drive away.
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