Located on the southern fringe of the Highlands, Ben Vorlich is one of two Munros that often appear as an identical pair from a distance. On closer inspection, Ben Vorlich is a very popular walking route offering spectacular views from the peak, while the second Munro, Stuc a’Chroin, is a far more challenging hike with steep, rocky ground.
Ben Vorlich is just 12 miles from Killin, towering about the west side of Loch Lomond, and is a great choice for keen walkers visiting the Highlands. The steep sides of the mountain make it a tough ascent for even the most skilled of walkers, but the views from the top are worth the effort.
Ben Vorlich is just 12 miles from Killin, and the starting point for the walking routes is at Ardvolich by Loch Earn. The full route is approximately 9 miles / 14.5km and takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete. There are various different routes that can be taken on the Munro, and the most popular route is the steep ascent on the Loch Sloy side.
There is a more interesting circuit that can be taken from Ardlui, or you can ascend from Stuckendroin on the A82. Whichever route you choose, you will enjoy spectacular views and some amazing scenery across the Scottish Highlands. There is a more interesting circuit that can be taken from Ardlui, or you can ascend from Stuckendroin on the A82. Whichever route you choose, you will enjoy spectacular views and some amazing scenery across the Scottish Highlands.
One of the most popular walking routes begins from an informal parking area on the verges of a road on the south of Loch Earn, just west of the hump-backed bridge from Ardvolich burn. On the opposite side of the burn is a track to begin the route up Ben Vorlich. Following this track will lead to a fork, and the main route is to the right, from here you will reach a footbridge, and from here the track ends and the route becomes a path.
As you gain height up Ben Vorlich, the path becomes increasingly eroded, and eventually, you will reach the trig point at 985 metres. For most walkers, this summit is enough, and you can head back in the same way you arrived. For more experienced walkers, you can tackle Stuc a’Chroin by following the ridge path west.
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