Rocktype Mica schist
The Boomer! © Fiend
A collection of small crags and boulders on a steep wooded slopes of Garradh, above Stronachlachar near Loch Arklet. The area offers short sport routes on good rock and worthwhile bouldering in a spectacular setting with views along Loch Katrine and Loch Arklet. The crag is a real suntrap and can be climbed on all year round. There is alot of potential bouldering development.
Access is now easier due to a new path linking Stronachlachlar and Inversnaid, but parking is not allowed at the cottage - please respect owners.
Drive north from Aberfoyle toward Inversnaid (Loch Lomond) along a single-track road (take care at blind summits and corners). After 12 miles Loch Arklet appears on the left (the craggy hillside is visible ahead). Park in a layby on the right opposite the stand of trees by the loch's water intake, 300m before a T-junction. Cross the road to a path leading to the craggy hillside to the north, crossing the road again left of the cottage. Head uphill to a signposted T-juntion on the path. For the Long Boulder (just below the forest), and for the higher crags, head directly up a blunt ridge from the path junction, over a fence. For the lower boulders head right on the path to the Mushroom Bloc by the path.
Parking is also possible at the Stronachlachlar pier cafe, walking back up the road to the Inversnaid path. Don't park in passing places.
'High Crag' - Walk directly up the steep bracken slope on the left hand border of the woods. The crag lies above and left of the top of the woods.
'The Chasm' - As for high crag until level with the buttress, then contour across it.
'The G-Spot' - Up the left side of the woods, as for High Crag. When approx. 30m below Chasm Buttress (which can be seen poking out of the trees) traverse into the woods until the huge boulder is found.
|It is now easier (and less boggy!) to walk back from the cottage towards Inversnaid and take a well-made track up the hill. Where this forks after 200m, take the left fork then soon bear right onto fair bulldozer tracks. Aim for the knoll directly beneath the Long Boulder, the fence has fallen over on the crest of that knoll.|
Fiend - 28/Nov/12
|No, I recon it does me go right and park immediately where there is space on the verge, not far for the cottage.|
JLS - 16/Mar/09
|When Lowland Outcrops says "go right at the t-junction and park immediately next to a small cottage," go left, the cottage is the one left of the junction. There is a photo below with the crags on it.|
jonnie3430 - 19/May/08