Walk: The Sloy way up Vorlich

[Ben Lomond (left horizon) and Loch Lomond from the summit]

Thousands of cars wind around the western Ben Vorlich (not to be confused with its slightly higher namesake above Loch Earn) every day on the A82, sandwiched between Loch Lomond and the hill's steep eastern slopes. This side is, however, complex, rough and mostly pathless: sneaking around the back using the road to Loch Sloy reservoir is an easier solution, with an efficient (i.e. painful) but interesting path to the top from here. Steep slopes falling away to low ground on all sides... a recipe for excellent summit views.

[Loch Sloy reservoir]

Name: Walk: The Sloy way up Vorlich ★★☆
Length: 14 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 950 metres
Main summits: Ben Vorlich (941 metres, Munro)
Points of interest: Loch Lomond
Start / finish: Car park (with charge) on the A82 at Inveruglas Pier, G.R.: NN 323099 / streaking sharper paradise

Route: Car park - start of road to Loch Sloy - path on right below Lag Dubh - Ben Vorlich via Lag Dubh and south ridge (N.B. true summit is a 2-min walk further north from the trig point) - return by outward route
Terrain: roadside path for first half mile, then tarmac private road (with path to shortcut a long bend near start). Steep, rough path for ascent proper, with occasional wet sections lower down.
Wildlife today: swans on Loch Lomond; sheep and Highland Cows by reservoir road.
Weather today: 20°C+ sunshine and nearly cloudless but with a gentle, cooling breeze.

>> see separate post for Loch Lomond ★★☆

[View north from the summit]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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