Crianlarich, on the West Highland Way

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Crianlarich - Lomond and Trossachs Park North

Crianlarich village is at the top of Glen Falloch which lies between here and the head of Loch Lomond. It is also at the western end of Glen Dochart which stretches out to the east. The railway line from Glasgow splits here, one branch continuing on to Fort William and then Mallaig and the other to the beautiful seaside town of Oban. The West Highland Way also goes through the village.

About a mile east of the village there is an island with the ruins of Loch Dochart built in 1621 by Black Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy, it was later destroyed by the Clan Mcnab around 1646.

The village of Crianlarich itself has a choice of accommodation, a railway station, bus service, shops and a police station. The surrounding countryside is dominated by the high mountain peaks of Ben More Stob Binein and Cruach Ardrain. There are also facilities for fishing and kayaking nearby.

 

Mountains towering over Crianlarich

This village is an obvious stopping off point for West Highland Way walkers as it is the halfway point and has the appropriate facilities to allow walkers to rest up for a night. However what is perhaps less obvious is that it is a good starting point by train for walkers going to Rannoch or the inaccessible Corrour. This is particularly true for those coming from the south of the country who do not want to pick up the train from the City of Glasgow. In the area they can leave their car with few worries and no parking charges for the days that they are away.

Visitors to this area also have a wide choice of low level walks as well as the numerous mountain walks to choose from (there are actually 20 Munros nearby and as there is a hostel, there are always plenty of hill walkers all year round who use the village as their base). There are also plenty of lochs, lochans and rivers for those who paddle kayaks, canoes and such like, as well as some very good fishing waters.

Crianlarich in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland

 

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