Rugged Run

Rugged Run – Argyle – Beinn Ime

When i was growing up Butter mountain was a common phrase used in news reports to refer to food waste by the European Union. Farmers where given money to make butter even when there was no demand for it. They made so much butter you could make a mountain from it.

I didn’t realize one day I’d run up Butter mountain as it is an actual real place. Beinn Ìme is the highest mountain in the Arrochar Alps. It is pronounced ‘byn eem’ which means ‘butter mountain.‘

I parked in Arrochar. Even though I arrived just before 0900 the car was already almost full. The forecast for good weather had brought a lot of people out to the hills.

The run is pretty straightforward. Follow the path from the car park all the way to the top. Turn around and follow it all the way back. it really is that simple.



Route map for Beinn Ime by Iain Todd on


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Good tracks make it easy to navigate and straightforward to run. The path is shared with the cobbler so it can be busy. Not one to run if you want to get away from people.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

There is a pay car park in Arochar. You can pay by mobile but its better to bring loose change. The car park is regularly monitored so expect to receive a ticket if you do not pay.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

There is a shop in arrochar but there are no toilets at the car park. Use the public toilet facilities in Tarbet instead.

Nearest cafe

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Their are closer cafe’s but I recommend the perch cafe in Garelochead for its excellent selection of food and treats.

Run Surface

100% trail

Dog Friendly

Yes but the route is busy so there will be a lot of other dogs about.


Its all uphill until you turn around and head back.

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