Arrochar

Arrochar
Arrochar, G83 7AU
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Arrochar, historically the heart of the country of the Clan Macfarlane, nestles along the eastern shore of the head of Loch Long where the glaciers cut a great gap through the hills from Loch Lomond. Its twin settlement on Loch Lomond is Tarbet, the name meaning a portage, or literally "drag-boat". It was through this low gap, with its highest point only 40m (130ft) above sea level, that a bold viking raiding party, detached from the forces of Haakon of Norway, took their longships overland to harry loch Lomond in 1263, only to come to grief later on the stormy shore at Largs.

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