Walk: Autumnal Achray ramble
|[Ben A'an (middle) over the shoulder of Clach an t-Suidhe (left), near the car park]|
Natural woodland, forestry plantations, frothy burns and views to charismatic hills - this short stroll packs in a lot of variety despite not heading towards a particular destination. Starting along the footpath to Ben Venue, a handy left turn appears just as the going gets steep. This takes you down quieter tracks to Loch Achray and its hotel (ugly as you approach from the rear; better from the front). Visit during autumn for spectacular colours.
|[Ben Venue emerging above the trees on the descent to Loch Achray Hotel]|
Name: Walk: Autumnal Achray ramble ★★★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 140 metres
Start / finish: Car park (with charge) for Ben Venue, A821 just north of the Loch Achray Hotel, G.R.: NN 506069 / poetry saves enchanted
Route: Car park - footbridge over Achray Water near Pass of Achray - path junction at G.R.: NN 494060 (signposted to Ben Venue until this point) - Loch Achray Hotel - start
Terrain: Clear tracks and paths with a couple of short, steep sections. Road for final stretch.
Wildlife today: Lots of robins, other woodland birds; Highland cows in front of the hotel.
Weather today: Mostly sunny, temperature in low teens and little wind.
|[The middle part of the walk is on an excellent path, albeit with a couple of short, unexpectedly steep ascents]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track