Classification and Statistics

Settlement Type: village
Population (1981): 500    
(1971): 543
(1961): 100
(1881): 517
(1871): 525
(1861): 629
(1851): 562
(1841): 580

Tourist Rating: One Star
Text of Entry Updated: 20-NOV-2012

Latitude: 56.2025°N Longitude: 4.7452°W
National Grid Reference: NN 298 045
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Arrochar occupies a dramatic situation near the head of Loch Long. The Arrochar Alps, which are a popular destination for climbers and hillwalkers alike, tower above the village to the northwest. The Argyll National Forest Park lies to the southwest.
In 1263, King Haakon of Norway launched his Armada against Scotland, which ultimately led to his defeat at the Battle of Largs. Many of his Viking Longships sailed up Loch Long where they were dragged across the isthmus between Arrochar and Tarbet on Loch Lomond, thereby allowing them further penetration into mainland Scotland.

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