Inverarnan to Loch Katrine Drove Road
Start location: Inverarnan (NN 321 187)
End location: Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine (NN 495 072)
Geographical area: Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 25km
Accessibility info: Suitable for Motorised wheelchairs, Suitable for pedestrians
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Our route description is given in reverse:
From the Trossachs, walk along the road from the east end of Loch Katrine on the north shore of the loch to its west end. Fom there follow the rough track up Glen Gyle below a line of electricity pylons and continue beyond the end of the track for a further 2km on the north-east side of the Glengyle Water (indistinct path) to the col at the head of the glen which is whereabouts the coffin road to Balquhidder is joined. Descend northwest down a wide boggy corrie to cross the Ben Glas Burn and reach the path on its north side. Follow this path down to Beinglas farm and cross the River Falloch to reach the A82, 300m north of Inverarnan and 3km north of Ardlui.
Stronachlachar is an alternatve starting point and, in the summer, it can reached from the Trossachs pier by the Loch Katrine steamer Sir Walter Scott. From there go northwest along the road on the south shore of the loch to its west end then follow the route as described above, in which case the total distance is 13km/8miles.
The section along the private road on the north side of Loch Katrine is included in Walking on Wheels, a guide for wheelchair and electric scooter users. At least as far as Brenachoille Point is said to be well-surfaced and reasonably flat and a further 5 miles may be possible although after that there are gradients of more than 1:10. It may be worth noting that deer grids were said to have side gates difficult to manipulate from a sitting position. As there may have been changes since the book was published in 2006, the project would very much welcome any updates as to the route's accessibility.
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This drove road together with that from Dalmally to Inverarnan was one of the most important drove roads in Argyll. Appropriately enough for a loch in Rob Roy MacGregor country and linked so closely with droving, Loch Katrine's name is derived from the term cateran.
Rob Roy was born at the head of Loch Katrine, at Glengyle, in 1671. The present house post-dates his birth. The setting has changed as the loch now extends further up the glen, the water level having been raised as a result of the Glasgow Corporation Water Works Act 1855 to supply clean water to Glasgow. The Pipe Track (Killearn to Strathblane) follows part of the water's course to the city.