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Arrochar is a village located at the head of Loch Long a couple of miles west of Loch Lomond. It is overlooked by the Arrochar Alps, and in particular by the distinctive rocky summit of The Cobbler, which are popular with walkers. A few miles down the west side of the loch a forest holiday park offers a range of outdoor activities for tourists seeking a bigger thrill than the hills themselves offer. The village boasts a number of hotels and guest houses, but is also close enough to Glasgow to be on the fringe of the commuter belt.
The main road through the village is the A83, which crosses the narrow neck of land from Tarbet on Loch Lomond to the village, before turning north and running around the head of the loch. As the A83 reaches the shore, the A814 from Helensburgh approaches from the south. The last few miles of this route into Arrochar are of a very low standard considering it starts as a dual carriageway expressway in Glasgow! There is also a short classified road connecting the two, the B838, although it is only signed as Church Road.
The junction between the A83 and A814 is a simple give way, albeit with a small traffic island allowing traffic turning between the A83 from Tarbet and the A814 to avoid having to negotiate the sharp bend where the two routes actually meet. Arrochar has probably been the site of an important road junction since Major Caulfeild built the military road from Loch Lomond to Inveraray, if not for millenia. However, as the military road started to climb the hill a little further to the north, the original junction was just north of the post office. All old maps appear to show the current junction a little to the south.
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