Walk: Ben A'an - mountain in miniature
|[Ben A'an & Loch Katrine]|
Is there a more perfect Scottish "mountain in miniature" than Ben A'an? Overlooking the romantic waters of Loch Katrine, this rocky peak must be one of the most climbed in central Scotland, and for good reason: an excellent path, short distance and 5-star views from the diminutive summit. The main route up has recently reopened after a few years of closure due to deforestation, and the landscape during the ascent looks a little bare while the trees regenerate. But at least that allows better views across the glen towards Ben Venue.
|[First views of the summit from the ascent]|
Name: Walk: Ben A'an - mountain in miniature ★★★★☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 340 metres
Main summits: Ben A'an (454 metres)
Start / finish: Car park (with charge) on A821 2 miles west of Brig o' Turk, G.R.: NN 509070 ///cute.crumple.decency
Route: Car park - Ben A'an - return by outward route
Terrain: Excellent path throughout, often steep.
Wildlife today: Tame robins in the car park (and on the car!) looking for food.
Weather today: Mostly sunny, a few degrees either side of freezing, though -7°C on the drive to the start. Breezy for a time on the summit.
|[Ice sculptures next to the path]|
Route credit: Forestry Commission Scotland
|[Ticket machine out of order... well, we're not complaining]|
|[Paths are excellent throughout]|
|[Ice formations in the burn on the lower slopes]|
|[Ben Venue beyond the deforested lower slopes]|
|[Rock with a view...]|
|[Final approach to the summit]|
|[Ice and snow in the shade today]|
|[Ben Venue & Loch Katrine from the summit]|
|[Arrochar Alps in the distance]|
|[View east to Ben Ledi (left)]|
|[Robin in the car park]|