Walk: Ben Shian - Strathyre Panorama

[Deforested sections on the ascent open up beautiful views towards Loch Lubnaig]

Woodland, water and open moorland seem to perfectly combine in this corner of the Trossachs north of Callander. Steep forestry paths and tracks soon lead away from the bustling car park tourist hub, emerging to brilliant views of Loch Lubnaig. Beinn an t-Sidhein (or Ben Shian) is the highest summit on the ridge, but on the way it's worth detouring slightly to An Sidhean, a much pointier, perfect miniature peak with a panorama to match.

[An Sidhean has a perfectly shaped, intimate summit]

Name: Walk: Ben Shian - Strathyre Panorama ★★☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 460 metres
Main summits: An Sidhean (546 metres); Beinn an t-Sidhein (572 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Strathyre southern car park, G.R.: NN 561169 / tickling spots cupcake

Route: Car park - Strathyre school - An Sidhean - Beinn an t-Sidhein - return to start by outward route
Terrain: Mostly wide forestry paths or tracks, often steep. Hill paths above 400 metres, occasionally wet or faint, especially south-east of An Sidhean with briefly non-obvious route-finding. A couple of tiny snow patches lingering in shady areas.
Wildlife today: Several deer crossing the tracks lower down. First lizards of the year spotted near the summit. Lower forests rich in noisy birdlife.
Weather today: Gorgeous! Nudging 20°C with sunshine and a gentle breeze. Shorts weather on Easter Sunday... a welcome treat.

[View west to Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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