Hiking The Cobbler – Map the Route

A hugely popular hike in the Arrochar Alps, The Cobbler has long been a favourite outdoor escape for urban dwellers from the central belt in particular. Within an hour(ish) of Glasgow, the walk delivers fabulous views over the southern Highlands and particularly to the distinctive shape of Ben Lomond to the east. There is a large parking area at Succoth (just past Arrochar heading west on the A83) but, as ever with our most popular hiking routes, it’s advisable to arrive early in peak season.

Height: 884 metres (2900 feet). Making it a Corbett.

Time Taken: Around 5 hours return.

Difficulty: Moderate. An easy start to the route as you pass through the initial forested area then emerge onto a flat stretch with the distinctive peak now clearly visible. You tackle the rock from the right, coming down more centrally. Reaching the jagged summit pinnacles is not something to be attempted by anything other than experts.

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Ben Arthur, ‘The Cobbler’, Hiking Map

You can trace the full route in the interactive map below. Zoom in and out as needed and, to help guide you further, this map is built with geolocation incorporated into it. That means when you are physically there, you can use your mobile device to see where you are in relation to the route. Please note that your real time location marker may not be exact 100% of the time and is at the mercy of Google geolocation. You will also need to allow Location Services on your device for it to work – same as you would for a Google Map. Therefore, a good, old-fashioned map is still advisable for all rural walking routes.

Using the Map

Take note of the icons running vertically on the left of the map. From top to bottom you can:

  • Zoom in and out of the map.
  • Make the map fullscreen on your device (the ‘broken square’ icon).
  • See where you are by geolocation (the dot icon). You can switch this on and off with one press. Note my above points about geolocation and that geolocation can never be 100% accurate.
  • Return the map to its starting position (the ‘house’ icon).

The map format has been pre-set to street map style. You can, though, change the map appearance via the icon in the top right eg. to Terrain. Note the numbers along the route, they represent each mile clocked up to give added awareness of the distances involved.