Coffin Route – Inverarnan to Inverlochlarig
The historic ‘Coffin Route’ from Inverarnan to Inverlochlarig follows a route used to take coffins from Glen Falloch to the old church at Balquidder for burial and where Rob Roy is buried.
Our walk will start at the Drovers Inn at Inverarnan. We will walk a short distance along the footpath beside the A82 to Beinglas Farm where our ascent starts up the flank of Glen Falloch. The path is steep in places but with good footing. We quickly walk out of the glen and on to gentler slopes and on to the side of Ben Glas, following the Ben Glas burn. Our route then takes us southeast between Cruach (514m) and Parlan Hill (666m). We traverse the south side of Parlan Hill and come to the aptly named Bealach nan Corp (pass of the corpses).
From the bealach we cross in to the watershed of the River Larig and our descent in to the braes of Balquidder. After a short distance we pick up the track that takes us east towards Inverlochlarig. On the route to our destination we will be able to see the spectacular mountains of Beinn a Chroin and Gals Tulaichean rising to the north. A short distance past Inverlochlarig we reach our destination at the car park on the C class road at the head of Loch Voil.
Walk duration 6.5hrs. In the event of adverse weather - If bad weather requires an alternate walk this will be a lower level valley walk of 8km from Benmore Farm at Portnellan on the A85 south to the watershed between Stob Binnein and Cruach Ardrain and then into Inverlochlarig Glen and the track down to Inverlochlarig. This alternative, though being a shorter route will still afford the opportunity of walking in remote scenery in the northern part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Walk distance 8.5km. Walk time 3-4 hrs
For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.
3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.