Rest and be Thankful

 

Countdown to my next Tour of Scotland is underway but today I have to been preoccupied with admin matters and tour enquiries with latter including a one day Whisky Tour of Islay.

This evening, I have decided to designate my theme as the Rest-and-be-thankful viewpoint which sits at the head of the dramatic pass on the A83, west of Arrochar in the Cowal area, west of Glasgow. It is believed that the nomenclature dates back to the days of horse drawn traffic when a well earned rest was called for after the long haul west up the pass. Today, the head of the pass is well endowed with car parking to allow visitors to admire the dramatic vista.

The whole of the western shore of nearby Loch Long together with the nearby mountains and woodlands form part of the 66,000 acre Argyll Forest Park which in turn is part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Behind Ardgartan on Loch Long rise a number of mountain peaks which include Ben Arthur (2891 ft) which is popularly known as the ‘The Cobbler’.

I usually encounter Rest and be Thankful in context of a tour travelling from Inveraray past Loch Lomond to Glasgow. The viewpoint provides a useful break in the journey, for photographs, etc but sometimes warm clothing is required to keep out inclement weather at this exposed point.

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