Walk: No rain on Vane
|[East ridge of Ben Vane with Loch Lomond beyond]|
At only 915 metres high, Ben Vane is Scotland's lowest Munro, but like many of the Arrochar Alps it's a feisty one. Steep, craggy sides fall away towards Loch Lomond, navigated by an unrelenting but entertaining hill path with a few easy scrambles to keep you on your toes. The top cairn is under four miles from the lochside car park and is a great viewpoint for the rest of the range (if you're lucky enough to get a decent day like we did): Ben Lomond and The Cobbler are just two of the celebrity summits visible from here.
Name: Walk: No rain on Vane ★★★★☆
Length: 11 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 930 metres
Main summits: Ben Vane (916 metres, Munro)
Points of interest: Loch Lomond
Start / finish: Car park (with charge) on A82 at Inveruglas Pier, G.R.: NN 322099 ///barks.canoe.mild
Route: Car park & Loch Lomond - start of road to Loch Sloy - leave track for hill path at G.R.: NN 295093 (two options at first - southerly one is longer but drier) - Ben Vane - return by outward route
Terrain: Roadside path for first half mile, then tarmac private road (with path to shortcut a long bend near start) and track to foot of hill. Steep hill path for ascent proper, occasionally boggy at first. A few short scrambles higher up are mostly avoidable.
Wildlife today: Butterflies and moths, cows and calfs, sheep and lambs; cuckoo heard.
Weather today: Sunny, breezy high up, warm enough for shorts.
>> see separate post for Loch Lomond ★★★★☆
|[Beinn Narnain (left) and Beinn Ime (right) from the summit]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
|[The approach is along a private tarmac road]|
|[Views of Loch Lomond soon open up on the ascent]|
|[Crags dwarf parts of the hill path]|
|[A' Chrois (right) from the ascent]|
|[View back to Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond]|
|[Ben Vorlich & Loch Sloy]|