Dis­tance 13.5km (8½ miles)

To­tal as­cent 1100m Time 6½ hours Start/fin­ish Lay-by (stretch of old road) on A82, 2km south of Cri­an­larich, east side of road (NN369238) Near­est town Cri­an­larich

Ter­rain Steep-sided ridge of grass and rocky knolls, with most rocks avoid­able. Steep grass or snow for part of the way up Beinn a’ Chroin. Grassy slopes, soggy val­ley bot­tom, and gravel tracks

Maps OS Ex­plorer (1:25,000) 384, OS Lan­dranger (1:50,000) 50, Har­vey Su­per­walker (1:25,000) Cri­an­larich Ac­com­mo­da­tion SYHA Cri­an­larich (NovMar, Fri-Sat), www. hostellingscot­land. Also By the Way Hos­tel, Tyn­drum, al­though it is closed Nov-March, www. tyn­drum­bythe­ Pub­lic trans­port Cri­an­larich rail sta­tion is nearby. Bet­ter, the Citylink coach Glas­gow to Fort Wil­liam and Portree passes start thrice daily, 0871 200 2233, www.trav­e­line. info

Guide­book Walk­ing Loch Lomond and the Trossachs by Ron­ald Turn­bull Tourist info www. vis­itscot­

Best pub Rod and Reel, Cri­an­larich, 01838 300271 (dur­ing win­ter week­ends only)

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