Ben Bouie and Bannachra Woods

Ben Bowie and Bannachra Woods

walk today

Searching new routes and one of which was a forest tunnel that I was checking to see if there was any fallen trees blocking the route.

It was late afternoon and walking through the forest was murky but added to my adventure.

The forest tunnel is a quick way to get to the summit of Ben Bowie, where you have to cross over a couple of drain ditches.


Ascent: Parking to start from the gate on the Luss Road A818 just after Dalagan Farm from the Helensburgh direction. There is a lay-by on the left and you can park across the road but please keep access clear at the gate.

The accent is on forest Land rover track with of Ash Trees on either side, the first 200 meters lookout for dog mess.

The climb enters into evergreen forest and it can be a hard slog but worth it with the views through forest breaks looking down onto Loch Lomond. 2km from the gate you will you will need to look at the right at NS345830 to get your route through the forest; it is to the right of the fallen tree.

As you come out the forest head W, you will see a faint path and this will take you to one of the peaks of Bowie. Here if it is a good day you will get panorama views of Greenock, Arrochar, Lomond and Helensburgh.

Decent: From the Bowie, go W down the edge of Bannachra Woods and keep to this side of the fence. The turf banking is the best way down and a couple of places you will have to come off and duck under some fallen trees.

As you decent go N direction at NS334831 or further down, where I went but it was quite dense at NS333832.

As you enter a clearing keep descending NW following the meandering stream, there is no clear path so you will cross the water in different parts.

At NS332836 go N you will see a clearing and this will take you onto the forest track or continue follow the stream and it will take you further down the main track.

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