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Rest And Be Thankful

The A83 trunk road has for centuries been known as the Rest And Be Thankful.  Travellers have welcomed the chance to draw their breath and enjoy the view as they cross the summit at 860 feet on the road that leads from Loch Long to Loch Awe via Glen Croe and past the picturesque Butterbridge into Glen Kinlas.  There can be few roads in Scotland so well documented by travellers over the centuries or so affectionately named as “The Rest”.

 It's highest point is an ideal starting point for climbing Ben Donich, The Brack, Beinn Luibhean and the impressive and rocky Beinn an Lochain, all of which are classed as Corbetts. Slightly further north is the Corbett Stob Coire Creagach. 

The Rest and be Thankful is also the turn off on the A83 Arrochar to Inveraray Road to access the remote hamlet of Lochgoilhead.  Corbett Climbers you only require a single visit to this area to climb Beinn Bheula but forest operations can make route finding a bit awkward.

The name Rest And Be thankful is well earned and you may imagine the condition of the horses in days gone by as they laboured up the old road which can be seen well below the modern road on the left. At the top you will find a car park at the viewpoint where you can admire the fine panorama before returning to Arrochar.

Loch Restil can be seen by the side of the road.


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