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Ben Venue Hike

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The 729m / 2,392ft Ben Venue mountain is situated at Loch Achray and Loch Katrine, between Aberfoyle and Callander, at the A821 tourist road, 31 miles north of Glasgow, no buses use this road.

This is a Long Hike with a good Path and Trail most the way to the top, with one Wet Section about 100 yards just above scenic Waterfalls, and a little bit of fairly safe Scrambling at the Waterfalls, averaging 3 hours up and 2 hour back down, about 4 and a half miles to the top. The Car Park is about 300ft above Sea Level.

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The image Top is from the road from Aberfoyle looking to Ben Venue.

The second image is of the Ben Venue Car Park at the head of Loch Achray, £3 per day in 2021, pay by Coins or Card.

Two Paths leave this Car Park, best use the one on the left out through the Woodland where you soon reach a Wooden Walkway with views to Ben Venue.

From here you have to follow a number of signs, down a single lane road, over a wooden bridge, round a forest road, up a steep forest path, up a forest road, then up another forest path out onto the Mountain, all well sign posted, just as well.

Once out onto the Mountain, follow a good Path all the way around to Waterfalls on the North Side, where the Path ends and a Trail starts, you are then on the best Hiking Trail in the Trossachs, nice and rugged.

There is a Steep Trail up past the Waterfalls, with a little bit of fairly safe Scrambling over Rocks.

Above the Waterfalls is a Wet Section about 100 yards to get through, or try and go round, not doubt there will be a stone path laid here some time.

The Trail then leads from the Wet Section up to a Large Cairn.

At the Large Cairn, go up the real Steep Trail to the right, some Hike up this, some Scramble up it.

Above the Steep Trail is another Steep Section.

You then see the Two Summits on Ben Venue, most people go straight for the South Summit with the Trig Point on it, a real good Steep Trail up through Rocks, sometimes past Mountain Goats.

Once at the Trig Point, the views down over Loch Katrine, Loch Achray, and southeast to Callander are probably the best views in the Trossachs. Large Image

Loch Katrine has Boat Trips, Bike Hire and a Diner.

Looking over to the North Top, it looks higher, which it is, so most people follow the Faint Trail over to that top on the way back down. Large Image

Down off the North Side of the North Top is steep but safe, taking you back onto the Main Trail.

Going back down the Steep Section to the Large Cairn, you will see two Mountains over to the north, the 684m / 2,224ft Stob an Lochan, and 579m / 1,900ft Beinn Bhreac with a Rocky looking Ridge, they look a great Hike as well from this side, most people Hike them from Loch Ard though. Large Image

Back down past the Waterfalls shows it is a long way back to the Car Park.

The Click on Map below shows the Tourist Trails in Blue, Brown Rougher Trails.

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.

Some people are now trying out OS Phone Apps that can help.


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