Strone Hill overlooks the village of Strone and offers superb views over the Firth of Clyde and its sea lochs. On a clear day, it is possible to see over to Arran, the Arrochar Alps and down the Clyde to Inversnaid Tarbet Glasgow.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
There are few car spaces next to the starting point, behind Grahams Point bus stop.
(D/A) Departing from the Monk’s Hut at Graham’s Point, cross the main road and take the first left at Johnstone Avenue, turn right onto the path immediately behind the row of houses on the right that ascend to the forest road.
(1) Turn left and after a few yards, take the right fork. The walk climbs steadily, emerging from the forest to spectacular views of the Clyde estuary and Loch Long at the viewpoint.
(2) Where the road forks, there is a small path to the left. Follow this path up Strone Hill. It is rough in places so take sturdy footwear. You will see Dunselma Castle on its promontory below the golf course and the recently restored Blairmore Pier on Loch Long. The path follows a dry stone dyke to the hilltop with panoramic views.
(3) You are now at the top of Strone Hill.
On descending, make sure you follow the correct wall and retrace your steps to (D/A) At the forest road, the lower left fork takes you to Blairmore, otherwise turn right for Kilmun. On the walk, look out for signs of wildlife, including red squirrels and pine martens in the forest, red deer and black grouse on the open hill and woodland edge and oyster catchers on the shore.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 20ft - Grahams Point
1 : mi 0.41 - alt. 190ft - Road forks
2 : mi 1.08 - alt. 515ft
3 : mi 1.79 - alt. 1237ft
D/A : mi 3.59 - alt. 30ft
Hill paths in places, walking on open hill.
Walkers should wear walking boots and suitable clothing and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code : www.outdooraccess-scotland.com
By public transport : Get the train to Gourock station, which is a 3 minute walk to the ferry terminal, where Argyll Ferries sail to Dunoon. When you arrive in Dunoon, Castle Gardens bus stop is around a 2-minute walk from the ferry terminal. Here take the 489 service (West Coast Motors) bus to Kilmun (approximately 20 minutes). For more details, visit the Traveline Scotland website.
By car :
• Travel to McInroy’s Point just west of Gourock and take the car ferry with Western Ferries to Hunters Quay. Take the A815 westwards following signs for Kilmun.
• Or take the A82 north to Loch Lomond. Turn onto the A83 at Tarbet and change to the A815 at Strachur. After passing Loch Eck and the Benmore Gardens on your right look for signs for Kilmun, which you will soon see on your left, on the A880.
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This route takes you from Benmore Botanic Garden along the banks of the Rivers Massan and Eachaig on woodland paths and the old road.
The highest peak in Cowal (741 metres) offers wonderful views of Loch Eck, the Clyde Estuary and north and west to the Highlands and islands.
The third stage of the WHW consists of going up Loch Lomond. We start by climbing steadily in a very beautiful forest, for superb views of the lake, while crossing waterfalls that descend from Ben Lomond. Once back at the edge of the lake, follow the shore for a long time, more or less closely, on paths that lead you on a rollercoaster ride winding between the rocks. A brief ascent between beautiful landscapes and a descent to Inverarnan rounding off this long stage.
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