The Rest and be Thankful

A high-point, resting place and a road junction in Argyllshire between Loch Long and Loch Fyne, the Rest and be Thankful reaches 262m (860 feet) 4 miles (6.5 km) west of Arrochar. The name is also applied to the section of the A83 trunk road which climbs from sea-level for 4 miles / 6.5 km up Glen Croe and then cuts across the pass of Bealach an Easain Duibh to reach Glen Kinglas. Today there is a car-park here where travellers can pause and tourists can admire the view to the south. It takes its name from the inscription on a rough stone bench at its summit probably inscribed by Major William Caulfeild (1698 - 1767) who built the first military road over the pass in 1746-48. This section of the A83 is notorious for land-slips in wet weather, resulting in road closures which can last for weeks. This either involves a lengthy diversion for traffic, or the use of the old military road in the valley bottom.

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