Where: Ben Vane, by Inveruglas at Loch
Lomond in central Scotland
When: April 2013
Height: 3,005ft, 915m
Ben Vane is situated on the west side of
Loch Lomond by Inveruglas Visitor Centre, 4
miles north of Tarbet, 44 miles northwest
of the city of Glasgow.
The image below is from the A82 road as
it aproaches Inveruglas Visitor Centre at
Loch Lomond. This is the main car park for
the hikes to the Munro's named Ben Vane and
The Visitor Centre has a cafe and a
Pyramid Viewpoint for great views, a top
photo spot in the area. The pyramid was
built in 2015.
Inveruglas Road Map
The image below is from Inveruglas
Visitor Centre looking at the Hydro Power
Station and the 2,785ft A'Chrois.
The hiking route to Ben Vane from this
car park is to follow the good roadside
path past the power sation, south towards
A'Chrois. About half of a mile south, you
will see the hill road lead to the right,
up under a railway bridge. That hill road
leads 2 miles up to Loch Sloy Dam.
The hiking route onto Ben Vane is about
half of a mile before the dam.
The image below is from about 1 mile up
the Loch Sloy Dam road where it passes
through part of the power station.
This is a good place to view the 2,785ft
A'Chrois. A worker here stated the week
before, 6 hikers set off from here to climb
this mountain. Four returned a few hours
later without reaching the top. The other
two made the summit as they had crampons
and ice axes. Probably one of the toughest
sub 3,000ft hills in the area when hiked
from this side.
The image below is from only a few
hundred yards round from the power station.
The 3,005ft Ben Vane is the one on the
right here, and the 3,316ft Beinn Ime out
to the left.
Some people hike Beinn Ime from here but
it is a long way out. Beinn Ime is normaly
hiked from Arrochar to the south, or
Butterbridge to the west.
The image below is of Ben Vane from the
road to Loch Sloy Dam. There are two trails
that lead off to the left here marked to
Arrochar by the
Glen Loin Loop. The road leads round to
the right here to the dam.
The hiking route onto Ben Vane is cross
the bridge, along the track, then make your
way up onto the south ridge as seen in the
image below. There is a faint track low
down that gets easier to follow as it winds
its way up the south ridge. There are a
number of steeper routes that can be taken
for the more adventurous.
The image below is of Loch Sloy Dam. Ben
Vane is to the left here and the 3,093ft
Ben Vorlich to the right.
The dam is about 670 feet above sea
level, so it is about 2,300 feet of a climb
back up if you try to hike both mountains
in the same day, about 5,300 ft
The Map below shows the route from
Inveruglas Visitor Centre car park to Ben
You can also hike to Ben Vorlich from
here: Ben Vorlich Page.
The closest hotel for this hike is the
Hotel about 4 miles south
Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey
Map and Compass on these hikes, and know
how to use them, as in cloud, these
mountains can be deadly. In Winter, make
sure you have Crampons and an Ice Axe, and
know how to use them.
Ben Vane Photo
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