The Cobbler, Arrochar

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#3 of 6 in Nature in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
The Cobbler is a mountain of height located near the head of Loch Long in Scotland. Although only a Corbett, it is "one of the most impressive summits in the Southern Highlands", and is also the most important site for rock climbing in the Southern Highlands. Many maps include the name Ben Arthur, but the name The Cobbler is more widely used.Arrochar AlpsThe mountain is the most spectacular, although by no means the highest of the so-called Arrochar Alps, due to its distinctive, large rocky summit features which are supposed to represent a cobbler bending over his last. The features are visible many miles away from the mountain. Despite the mountain falling short of Munro height, due to its summit features, ease of access, and excellent summit views, it is one of the most popular mountains in Scotland.Three summitsThe Cobbler has three distinctive summits: the middle one is the highest. The top is crowned by a rocky outcrop that marks the true summit. A very good head for heights is required to attain the true summit, which can best be reached by crawling through a hole (known as the needle) in the summit rock formation from the north side to the south. This leads to a ledge around 1m wide, with a sheer drop of well over 100ft on one side. The ledge is steeply inclined, and some scrambling ability is necessary to negotiate it and eventually gain the summit. Using this route is known as "threading the needle". The easiest descent is by the same route – however, this is more difficult and extreme care must be taken, especially when descending the final part of the ledge. The mica schist rock is very slippery in the wet and falls can be deadly.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We have been told several times about the Cobbler and his work bench, however cannot make it out. It doesn't matter as it is a marvellous view. The reflections in the Loch are beautiful.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    A challenging yet rewarding path which needs a good pair of boots and a bit of sweat on the early part of the walk. The views are worth the effort and once you go above the tree line the panorama is a...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    This trail can be reached from a well-signposted car park directly at the start of the route. From here, it goes on a very well-signposted trail up to the "Cobbler". The trail itself takes four vegetation zones (mixed forest at the low elevations, coniferous forest and treeless meadows in the middle part and rocky parts at the top), where there are constantly changing views and impressions. The way itself is partly steep (especially in the upper part, climb to the cobbler), insane views and impressions over at pletschernden Brooks, a small dam and on mountain meadows but as I said. When you arrive for the first time above, then (when weather permitting) will be with a great view of the hole and the "Arrochar Alps" rewarded. After just 5.5 hours total trail, we have explored something over 13 km. Good Footwear and weather-adapted clothing are a must here. Especially in the last part of the weather can result in slightly too cold, windy wind with sudden rainfall. And especially in the last part of the ascent footwear (boots) is recommended. Despite that we were soaking wet after the hike, has us very much fun made it. Why pitschnass weather-appropriate clothes? The Scottish weather never underestimate and probably we were just unlucky, then of these 5.5 hours it rained 3.5 hours only with security and thanks to the ever-changing wind directions, the rain was felt by all sides, because even good clothes no longer helps. :-) But even this has not deterred us, and we would make the climb at any time again. And who now wonder how it undUnterstellen looks with benches. Along the way, benches are Whitehorse, Canada. But on the road itself, there are various stones that are suitable as resting along the trail. In the last third are also large rocks along the way, where you can find shelter from the rain. So we there is a clear recommendation for this great hiking trail up to the cobbler (884m above sea level)
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