Walk: Earning the views on Vorlich

Perth & Kinross | Loch Earn | Full day walk | ★★★★

[Ben Vorlich]

Look north from Stirling and much of central Scotland and two great hulks dominate the view: the armadillo-like arc of Ben Vorlich on the right (not to be confused with its namesake above Loch Lomond), and the sprawling mass of Stùc a' Chroin just to the left. Excellent tracks through Glen Vorlich and an immaculate path along a broad north ridge make Ben Vorlich a popular and relatively straightforward ascent from Loch Earn, with sweeping views north from the summit cairns on a clear day. The extension to Stùc a' Chroin is a different beast, involving a little scrambling on rocky ground where the path isn't always clear. Successfully negotiating this unlocks an equally fine panorama to the south, and the chance to get acquainted with monotonous bogs on the alternative return route. If you don't like that sort of thing, you have to head back over Ben Vorlich again...

[Route to Stùc a' Chroin from Ben Vorlich]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Earning the views on Vorlich ★★★★
Start / finish just east of bridge over Ardvorlich Burn, minor road along south bank of Loch Earn, G.R.: NN 633232 ///boast.cycled.admire
❌ No public transport within 1 mi | 🚗 Informal laybys

▶ 15 km / 9 mi | ▲ 1150 m | ⌚ Full day
Features: Loch Earn ★★★; △ Ben Vorlich (985 m, Munro); △ Stùc a' Chroin (975 m, Munro)
Tough | Good track (small burns to ford) and path to Ben Vorlich, steep only at top. Rougher paths beyond: steep ascent to Stùc a' Chroin with some tricky route finding (see photos) and fairly easy scrambling. Boggy return, with one steep and eroded section.

Route: Start & Loch Earn - track on east bank of Ardvorlich Burn - Ardvorlich House - Ben Vorlich by north ridge - Stùc a' Chroin - leave northwest ridge at G.R.: NN 616181 - path traversing west slopes of Ben Vorlich - rejoin outward route at G.R.: NN 630205 - start

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On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep on the open hill.
Weather: Sunny intervals, but cloudier from early afternoon with a brief rain shower on Stùc a' Chroin.

Chronological photo guide

[Loch Earn at the start]

[Loch Earn & Ardvorlich House]

[The first section climbs through sloping meadows]

[Early views of Ben Vorlich]

[Ben Vorlich]

[Heather in bloom]

[Paths are largely excellent on the ascent]

[Good views back to Loch Earn from the ascent route]

[Final push to Ben Vorlich summit]

[View west from the final climb]

[Looking back over the ascent route from the summit]

[Ben Vorlich summit area (the highest point is at the trig pillar)]

[View over Gleann an Dubh Choirein from the summit]

[East across Coire Fhuadaraich]

[Stùc a' Chroin beckoning to the south]

[Route to Stùc a' Chroin from Ben Vorlich]

[Looking back to Ben Vorlich from the bealach with Stùc a' Chroin]

[This is the crux of the ascent to Stùc a' Chroin: the path ascends diagonally left to right above the boulders, then braids with various scrambling options to reach the ridge above]

[View back to Ben Vorlich from the top of the scrambles]

[Stùc a' Chroin summit]

[View back over the approach to Stùc a' Chroin]

[View south over Lochan a' Chroin and Beinn Each]

[The return route avoids any scrambling but still has one steep, slippery section]

[View from the boggy return]


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