Now I get to go exploring and walk on new ground. It is a beautiful walk, on the left side Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond the right, up the full eastern side of the Loch. I had driven many time the opposite side of Loch Lomond and had wanted to walk the bit that I could not get to by car, it had been a long time coming, and I was glad to be here; however as always with hikes like this my body was sore and took a while evry morning to loosen up. No matter how fit I think I am before starting any long walk, I find the truth after a day or two.
From Rowardennan to Inversnaid is 11km along the top end of Loch Lomond. If you are walking in high season, this will now provide a welcome relief from all the tourists and their cars.
Shortly after leaving Rowardennan there is a choice of hiking routes. The higher route is by far the easiest. I have since walked along part of this again on the path that follows the side of the loch and I found it hard going and fairly muddy. The high route is along a forest track. Both route join again just after Rowchoish Bothy.
West Highland Way Maps Day Three, by walking in scotland
Just before walking into Inversnaid you will cross the burn and have a great view of the waterfall there. There is a hotel at Inversnaid about 11km from Rowardennan so about half way through the day, therefore if you don’t have your own food with you for lunch it is a good place to stop for lunch. The other alternative that is the Inversnaid Bunkhouse – the Bunkhouse has now closed (Jan 2008), it is about ten minutes further on. They have a coffee shop and bar.
After lunch it is another 10km to Inverarnan and the end of my day. Many other hikers rate this part as the hardest part of the West Highland Way due to the constant ups and downs of the path, also it can be a bit rough underfoot, though I find it beautiful and wild. It does help not to be hurrying. The path for the first half of the afternoon winds along rocky paths through forest. Towards the end of the day we leave Loch Lomond behind and walk into Glen Falloch and shortly to Inverarnan and a well deserved rest at the Beinglas Campsite http://www.beinglascampsite.co.uk/ . (Please note if you want to stay here in the wigwams during any busy times it is advisable to book in advance)