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The Cobbler / Beinn Artair

The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

A justly popular up one of Scotland's most recognisable mountains

Hiking Difficult

11 km
862 m
862 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
5 m
High Point
868 m
The Cobbler / Beinn Artair Map

With its unique geological features and proximity to Scotland's 2 largest cities, the Cobbler (sometimes referred to as Beinn Artair, or Ben Arthur) is one of the most oft-completed hikes in the southern Highlands. The path to the summit of the peak has been improved significantly in recent years, and it's now very well established and easy to follow, even in bad weather. That said, conditions can be wild on the upper part of the Cobbler, so simply surviving up there can be a challenge, even if navigation is relatively simple!


The hike begins as a designated carpark off the A83 at Succoth and the initial zig zags up the trail are a nice warmup, but not overly interesting. Things improve significantly when you enter the Alth A' Bhalachain valley immediately east of the Cobbler's summit.

Climb gently up the valley, enjoying the ever-improving views of the Cobbler's famous rock features as you approach them. Midway up the valley you'll pass the impressive Narnain boulders and these make for a good lunch stop.

When the path splits, just after the river also splits, take the left hand branch and begin climbing increasingly steeply via a rocky gully and a series of stone steps to reach the Cobbler's summit ridge. Tag the top and sit for a while to study the extraordinary natural features on the peak.

Descend by heading north on a much easier trail than the ascent route, and then descend the upper section of the Alth A' Bhalachain to rejoin the initial part of the hike.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between April and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Family friendly

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