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25 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
My partner and I travelled from Suffolk to climb Ben Arthur and thread the needle. This was an amazing experience and would highly recommend it to all. It was exceptionally hot over the Bank Holiday weekend in May so we started our climb at 5am. We arrived back at the car by 11.30. Steep climb but the views from the top were worth every drop of sweat and huff of breath. This was my first ever climb and I accomplished it! So you can too!!!
Written May 30, 2021
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Mrs N
Gourock, UK80 contributions
Aug 2020
Tough start, once past the trees it gets a bit easier. Take plenty of water and snacks. Tricky parts & some really steep parts toward the end. My kids (11&15) managed it really well and enjoyed it. Views at the top are amazing!!
Great family day out. Parking costly and you should go early to get a space. Enjoy 🚶‍♀️🚶
Written August 30, 2020
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claire t
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK207 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Great walk from Arrochar. We did it in about 3.5 hours with few stops. It is well worth the climb on a clear day as the views are stunning. However..... Beware of the car parks! We got to succoth at about 10.30am and it was already full with people parking on the grass verges and basically anywhere convenient that wasn't a proper parking bay. We deliberated doing this but it clearly states on the parking signs that if you park outside a designated bay you will be fined £60. Whilst it is tempting to think, well everyone else is doing it, so it should be OK, do not do it. We hung around for a bit and managed to get into a real parking bay after a runner left. (It is £1 per hour by the way!!) Thank god we did, as when we got back from the walk, all those people who had parked on verges etc had fixed penalty notices on their cars. Even though they were not causing any obstruction or doing any real harm AND had paid and displayed. You have been warned. Arrochar Council are raking it in seemingly from the unsuspecting tourist.
Written April 13, 2019
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Jill C
Middlesbrough241 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
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.
Written August 13, 2017
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Jeff J
Los Angeles, CA142 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
I climbed Ben Arthur ("The Cobbler") on a warm, sunny day in July. A cooler day would have been more comfortable but regardless of the temperatures be prepared for any predicted change in weather because the trip up and back down the mountain will take a minimum of four hours if you're fit and climb quickly, or six if you take a more leisurely pace or stop frequently to rest or take photos.

Two routes have been created to the top of the mountain. The one that goes around the back of the mountain and comes up past a small dam has a more gradual ascent although it takes a bit longer to traverse. Many parts of the climb are made easier by stone steps put in place for ramblers.

There are three peaks at the top. The highest pinnacle can only be reached by a potentially dangerous scramble along a narrow ledge. You can get perfectly nice views from the other peaks, so don't risk you life if you're uncertain about the ledge or if the rocks are slick from rain or snow.

Do: Bring plenty of water and some non-perishable food or energy bars. It's a lengthy climb up and back. Also, take along sun block and insect repellent. The midges can eat you alive at certain times of the year.

Don't: Venture off the groomed footpath. Many places are surprisingly boggy with uneven footing that will greatly slow your progress, or worse, wrench your ankle. Also, don't rely on your mobile phone for pictures at the top. The views are too spectacular. Take a real camera.
Written October 14, 2013
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Stirling, UK168 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
One of the best wee hills (884m) in Scotland, easily climbed from the car park at the head of Loch Long this hill is a gem. Can also be used to make a much longer day in the hills with Beinn Ime, Beinn Narnain or Beinn Luibhean. Do be aware that mountain clothing and boot with ankle protection are necessary for this hill.
Written July 14, 2018
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Mustafa V
192 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
The site can easily be missed, the easiest way to find it is to look out for the waterfall on your right-hand side. If you see it then that means you have just passed the Succouth Car Park by 100-200 meters.

Once you park up, make sure you purchase a parking permit at time of typing it was £1 per day then walk to the far end of the carpark where there is a walkway that takes you to the mouth of the forest to walk either Beinn Ime and The Cobbler.
Let’s just say being the first time walking up a mountain I was fifteen minutes in and was asking myself are we there yet. ha-ha.

This is a challenging first climb but can honestly say persevere through section one and two and the rest get easier. The fun part is walking through streams as you ascend the side of the mountain.

The further up you go the more breath taking the scenery gets especially if you catch the weather on a good day, unlike myself I was caught between mist and heavy rain.
Realistically as a first-time walker it took me 6 hours as a round trip and a much-needed shower at the end of it.

Loved every moment of it.

Overall I will return and my scores for this place will be 10/10 as this walk has a bit of everything.
Written February 5, 2017
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Glasgow, UK49 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Just got back from climbing the Cobbler today - It's by no means an easy trek, but there's also nothing too drastic on the ascent. If you're not the most avid hiker just pace yourself, there's plenty of places to stop for a rest or a snack on the way to the summit. There were plenty of children making it up to the top, so if you're a family don't be deterred.
The route straight up to the needle (the balanced rock you might have seen people standing on) is a little bit more challenging, if you stick to the path on the right when making your way up, it's a longer but less steep ascent.
We took the direct route to the needle up and back down, it works out 7 miles exactly and took us just over three hours.
The views leading up to the dramatic peaks are stunning to say the least, on one side a view of the loch, on the other, a vast expanse of wilderness and the surrounding peaks. The mist shifted just as we reached the summit, you can see for miles around.
Climbing the needle itself at the summit (picture 1) is probably not for the faint hearted - it involves crawling through a gap in the rock, walking along a thin ledge, and scooting up on top of the rock. Wouldn't recommend doing it when it's too windy either. (If you're planning to, you can watch a video on youtube of someone doing it, it's called Threading the needle on the Cobbler).

The only complaint really is the car parking charges at the foot, we were a group of four so it only worked out £1 each for four hours, which was ample time. However if you're a couple or doing it solo and taking your time, you could end up having to pay as much as £9 for your parking ticket.
Written February 24, 2019
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Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We lucked out with very nice spring weather that rewarded us with a great view from the top. We walked from Loch Long hotel and back in a total of five hours (taking the slightly longer route, not the scramble up). A decent amount of fitness is required but we saw all ages on the way up, older people might appreciate taking walking poles. I have a fear of heights when it comes to steep inclines or exposed drops but managed ok on this route.

Shoes with some grip are helpful. Wear layers - I alternated between a T-shirt, light fleece and light jacket as there was a very cold wind interspersed with very warm sunshine.

We were very glad that we had set off by 9am as it looked like a lot of people were heading up by the time we were coming down. Picked up a lot of plastic water bottles and aluminium cans on the way down so please take your rubbish out with you - also there are no toilets on the route so if you are answering the call of nature bury any toilet paper/tissue, the amount just left lying around in the bushes was awful.
Written May 28, 2019
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Glasgow, UK158 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
climbed the Cobbler as a couple at the end of March. we are not big climbers/hill walkers but are giving the activity a try. The car park (called GlenLoin) is rather expensive at £1 an hour. We put in £6 to give us 6 hours to get up and done without rushing. We followed the route in walking highlands website. It is nice walk along a well identified path. The first section is the worse part of the walk as the path zig zags quite steeply. After that the path runs right beside a stream with some small falls. The final section is up a number of steps on the side of the hill. My only advice is that if you choose to go down the front of the hill on your return be careful. There isn’t really a path in places or steps. It is a bit of a scramble. I’d probably say to go back the way you come. It took us around 6 hours to get up and down with a few stops for snacks.

i’ve attached some photos including the pay and display info at the car park.
Written March 31, 2019
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