This has to be one of the nicest walks in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. A big statement I know, but here are my reasons. First it is easy, mainly flat for most of the way, along some good paths. Secondly it is alongside one of the most beautiful sections of Loch Lomond's shoreline. Of course it is also a place to see wildlife, especially birds, as this is part of RSPB Scotland's Loch Lomond reserve.
Aber Shore Videos
These photographs are from my walk in August and even though it was a warm and sunny Saturday it was very quiet as these shores often are when compared with other parts of Loch Lomond. I hadn't visited Aber Shore for just over five years (far too long), in fact the last time that I was there it was to film for these two videos. Both videos show Aber Shore and talk about the Nature Reserve.
Video - Celebrating Park People, Willie Nisbet
Video - Love Loch Lomond, Wildlife & Nature
Aber Shore Location
Here is my guide to the walk, starting with a map to show you Kimaronock Millennium Hall, the starting point for the walk.
Before we get into the Aber Shore walk a mention for the excellent upgraded visitor centre and pathways at the nearby RSPB Reserve at Gartocharn, which I had visited in the spring. It was during that visit that I realised that it had been too long since my last visit to Aber Shore. Although part of the same reserve and very close to each other, they have different access points. Hopefully the combination of this guide to Aber Shore and the one linked below to RSPB at Gartocharn will be useful when planning a visit.
Kilmaronock Millennium Hall, Gartocharn
The starting point for the walk is Kilmaronock Millennium Hall in Gartocharn. Driving through the village you will see a sign for it. the hall is on Church Road, which is opposite the House of Darroch. Take that turn and then after a minute or so you will see a car park on your right, opposite the hall. Park here and head to the hall. (Postcode for Sat Nav is G83 8NF)
Gartocharn, along with a few other communities in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs such as Kinlochard and Arrochar have a village hall with excellent views.
On the right hand side of the hall you will see a track, signed Aber Right of Way. This is the start of the walk.
Panorama of Loch Lomond
Just at the back of the hall (and easily accessible) is a stone with a metal plate on it which describes the panoramic view that you will by now be seeing. The visible islands of Loch Lomond are noted, as are the peaks, including Ben Lomond.
Ben Lomond is visible along much of the route, with some good views of it and Conic Hill.
Aber Right of Way
Back to the walk and through the first of 10 gates which you will go through before eventually reaching the mouth of the Endrick. The walk starts across fields and is easy to follow.
There is a section between the fields and the reserve that is on a quiet road. Look out for the green arrow signs that help to keep you on the right path. You may be wondering if you could have driven closer, well yes but parking is very difficult. Also some of the roads are limited to residents only. So the Kilmaronock Millennium Hall parking option is really the best and only practical option.
Allow around 2 hours for the walk (to and from Kilmaronock Millennium Hall).
Here is a sequence of photographs showing the various pathways and signs along the walk (plus all the gates!).
Loch Lomond Nature Reserve
Once properly into the reserve you'll find a couple of pretty beaches, with fine views across the loch. The path then takes you through Shore Wood to Net Bay Viewpoint and then finally the Endrick Viewpoint.
Wildlife at Aber Shore
The wetlands, woodlands and meadows are home to warblers, wading birds and otters. In winter you can see (and hear) some of the thousands of geese that flock here. Keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent ospreys that fish in the waters, a few have nests nearby. A visit to the RSPB Visitor Centre at Gartocharn will provide you with details of recent sightings and advise on which birds and other wildlife to look out for.
Here are some photographs of the walk along Aber Shore including Net Bay, Shore Wood and The River Endrick.
This article and accompanying photographs are by Paul Saunders for See Loch Lomond. Visit Paul’s other websites, Paul Saunders Marketing & Paul Saunders Photography, for his marketing, photography & video services in Loch Lomond and beyond.
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