The Cobbler (known on some maps as Ben Arthur) has an elevation of 884 m (2,900 ft), so it is by no means one of the highest of Scotland’s mountains. However, it is popularly known as having one of that country’s most impressive summits and is also a key location for rock climbing in the Southern Highlands. It is located near the head of Loch Long, in the Argyll and Bute region. It is named for the appearance of its rocky summit area, which appears to resemble a cobbler leaning over his work.
Of the three distinct summits on The Cobbler, the central one is highest and the true highest point is only reachable by means of a scramble up through a hole from the north side to the south, where a narrow, steeply inclining ledge with a sheer drop must be negotiated. This can be treacherous in wet weather, with a fall of over 30 m (100 ft) if the climber loses their footing.
Ascents usually begin from Succoth village at the head of Loch Long, via a recently constructed path which zigzags up the hillside through forested land, making for a more gradual ascent and pleasant walk.