Walk: Autumnal Achray ramble

Stirling | Trossachs | Short walk | ★★★

[Ben Venue & Loch Achray Hotel]

Natural woodland, forestry plantations, frothy burns and views to high hills - this short stroll packs in a lot of variety despite not featuring a specific objective. The first part shares the popular route to Ben Venue, coming close to the foaming Achray Water, which is the outflow from nearby Loch Katrine. Look out for the attractive waterfalls where the path crosses the footbridge. Just as the going gets steep and you start to wonder whether you'll be climbing Ben Venue itself, a handy left turn appears. This takes you down quieter tracks to Loch Achray and the undistinguished rear of the Loch Achray Hotel, before a short stretch on tarmac provides the link back to the start. Visit during mid autumn for spectacular colours (ideally a little later in the year than our most recent visit in late September).

[Ben Venue from the first part of the walk]

📌 Walk: Autumnal Achray ramble ★★★
Start / finish at Ben Venue car park (charge), A821 just north of Loch Achray Hotel, G.R.: NN 506069 ///poetry.saves.enchanted

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 140 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Achray Water & waterfalls; Loch Achray
Terrain: Clear tracks and paths with a couple of short, steep sections. Road for final stretch.

Route & map

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


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: 2020: Dippers on the Achray Water, Highland Cows by Loch Achray Hotel. 2015: Highland cows, robins, other woodland birds.
Weather: 2020: 6°C at start, sun and patches of cloud following overnight rain, light wind. 2015: Mostly sunny, temperature in low teens, little wind.

Chronological photo guide

[Ben A'an from the first part of the route]

[Ben Venue]

[Ben Venue]

[Boardwalks assist with wet sections]

[Achray Water]

[Waterfalls on the Achray Water]

[This left turn precedes a short, steep section]

[Woodland path]

[Fungi]

[Return track]

[Return track]

[Ben A'an from the return]

[Loch Achray (8/10/15)]

[Ben Venue & Loch Achray Hotel]

[Ben Venue & Loch Achray Hotel]

[Achray Water from the road return]

[Road return]

[Loch Achray]

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