GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Thom

6 miles (9 km)

Enjoy a circular walk around this lovely lochin the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. The route runs for a distance of about 5.5 miles with fine views across the water to the surrounding hills and countryside.
Start the walk from the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre and car park on the eastern side of the water. The centre provides lots of useful information on all the walks in the area. It's also located very close to the lovely Greenock Cut Waterfall pictured below.
From the car park head north to Loch Thom cottage and then east. On the eastern side of the water there is some nice woodland and the adjacent Gryfe Reservoir. Country lanes then take you around the southern side of the water before returning to the car park.
To continue your walking in the area try the Greenock Cut circular walk which branches off to the west from the visitor centre. The Kelly Cut Walk can also be picked up here.
If you head west from the loch you can visit the coastal section of the park. Here there are fine views of the South Clyde estuary and Lunderston Bay.


PA16 9LX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Loch Thom OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch Thom Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The visitor centre has a nice cafe where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk. It opens on weekends during the summer months.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Scroggy Bank and Loch Thom - - 174022

Scroggy Bank and Loch Thom. Viewed from the south side of the loch.

Dunrod Hill and Loch Thom - - 174030

Dunrod Hill and Loch Thom. The three peaks are (left to right) Dunrod Hill, East Hill and Hillside Hill. The hills in the far distance to the left are across the Clyde, behind Dunoon.

Loch Thom - - 1236950

Loch Thom extends in the distance to the left of the photograph while Compensation Reservoir can also be seen in the (straight) distance.

Loch Thom - - 1417666

The road from Shielhill Glen crosses the southern tip of the loch on a stone arched bridge. The loch is unusually high for the time of year.

Waterfall on Greenock Cut - - 486635

Waterfall on Greenock Cut close to the start point for the walk. The cut is at the top of the waterfall, a sluice gate controls the flow of water.

The Greenock Cut - - 726019

The Greenock Cut

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre

Greenock Cut Visitor Centre at the start of the walk

Gryfe Reservoir No. 1 - - 882535

Gryfe Reservoir No. 1 located just to the east of the loch. Looking towards the west end of the reservoir. Loch Thom can just be spotted at the right hand end of the dense patch of trees.

GPS Files

GPX File

Loch Thom.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Loch Thom.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)