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Ben Vorlich & Stuc a'Chroin Hike

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The 3,231ft /985m Ben Vorlich & 3,198ft / 975m Stuc a'Chroin mountains are situated on the south side of Loch Earn by Lochearnhead village, 14 miles north of Callander, 55 miles north of the city of Glasgow.

This is a fairly Direct Hike with a good Path and Trail all the way to the top of Ben Vorlich, averaging 2 and a half hours up and 1 and a half hours back down, a fair bit Longer and Tougher if you take in Stuc a'Chroin as well. The Free Car Parking is about 320ft above Sea Level.

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The image top is of the Car Parking at South Loch Earn Road. It is about 3 miles along this single lane road to the Car Parking by a Small Bridge, room for about 15 cars on the west side of the Bridge and about 6 on the east side.

The Start of the Path to Ben Vorlich starts right at the Bridge, from the Gate to Ardvorlich House.

Follow this Road Round towards Ardvorlich House, then just before the House, follow the Sign pointing up into the Mountains.

The Cart Track leads well up into the Mountains, through Gates and over Stiles.

The Cart Track takes you to a little Wooden Bridge that leads out onto Ben Vorlich.

There is a now a good Path up through the Moorland towards Ben Vorlich, this would no doubt have been Soggy a few years back.

The Path ends just before you turn up onto the Wide North Ridge, with a fairly good Trail from there all the way to the top.

The first section on the North Ridge has a few False Summits and Cairns, fairly steep in places.

The Top Section of Ben Vorlich is the Steepest, especially the last 200ft. Top Section Large Images.

Once on top, you will see the East Side Top, most people visit that Top as well, do not go down off that side though as it leads into a Vast Wilderness.

Many people go back down the same Trail averaging about 4 hours out and back, add time on if you like good breaks. Large Image Back Down.

You can also Hike west across to Stuc a'Chroin, but that is a fair bit Tougher, also with a Soggy Trail back down to the Car Park.

Stuc a'Chroin has 2 routes to the top, a Safe Real Steep Hike, or a Steep Scramble that is a bit Dangerous. Large Images of that Route.

The Map below shows the Tourist Trails in Blue, Brown Rougher Trails, and Red a Bit Dangerous.

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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