Walk: The Sloy way up Vorlich

Argyll & Bute | Arrochar Alps | Full day walk | ★★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: The Sloy way up Vorlich ★★★★
Car park (with charge) on A82 at Inveruglas Pier, G.R.: NN 323099 ///streaking.sharper.paradise

▶ 14 km / 9 mi | ▲ 950 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: Loch Lomond ★★★★; △ Ben Vorlich (941 m, Munro)
Terrain: Roadside path for first half mile, then tarmac private road (with path to shortcut a long bend near start). Steep hill path for ascent proper - recently improved lower down but rougher going (though less steep) higher up.

Route & map

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

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Swans on Loch Lomond; sheep and Highland cows by reservoir road.
Weather: 20°C+ sunshine and nearly cloudless but with a gentle, cooling breeze.

[View north from the summit]


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