Walk: Ben Venue - a Trossachs welcome

Stirling | Trossachs | Full day walk | ★★★★

[Loch Achray & Loch Venachar from the east top]

Ben Venue (an anglicized version of the Gaelic for small mountain) is the highest summit in the rough terrain between Loch Ard and Loch Katrine. Its position right at the heart of the Trossachs affords it spectacular views of countless lochs and peaks, which more than measure up to the panoramas from celebrated neighbours: iconic Ben A'an and higher Ben Ledi. There are two summits; the east top is bedecked with a triangulation pillar, but (hill baggers take note) the west top is a couple of metres higher. This page details the most popular route to the summit, crossing the Achray Water to access the curling folds of Gleann Riabhach. After passing an attractive waterfall at the head of the glen, a tricky area of bog provides the final barrier to reaching the top. It's possible to vary the return route slightly near the end - see the map.

[Gleann Riabhach]

📌 Walk: Ben Venue - a Trossachs welcome ★★★★
Start / finish at Ben Venue car park (charge), A821 just north of Loch Achray Hotel, G.R.: NN 506068 ///poetry.saves.enchanted

▶ 13 km / 8 mi | ▲ 730 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: Achray Water & waterfalls; △ Ben Venue (729 m, Graham); Loch Achray
Terrain: Clear paths and tracks almost throughout, progressively rougher and steeper with height. The path fades where crossing a very boggy patch above Spùt Bàn.

Route & map

Car park - footbridge over Achray Water near Pass of Achray - path junction at G.R.: NN 494060 - Gleann Riabhach - Spùt Bàn waterfall - path junction at bealach at G.R.: NN 469061 - Ben Venue west top - east top - return to path junction at bealach - return by outward route to path junction at G.R.: NN 494060 - Loch Achray Hotel - start

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Dippers by the Achray Water, grouse and buzzards on the hill, Highland Cows by Loch Achray Hotel.
Weather: 6°C at start, sunny with some cloudier periods following overnight rain, light wind.

Chronological photo guide

[Good views of Ben Venue from the first part of the route]

[Ben Venue]

[Waterfall on the Achray Water]

[Woodland paths and tracks]

[Gleann Riabhach]

[Gleann Riabhach]

[Head of Gleann Riabhach - the path becomes rougher from this point]

[Spùt Bàn]

[View back down Gleann Riabhach from Spùt Bàn]

[Summit in view]


[The boggiest section]

[The alternative ascent route from Loch Ard joins here]

[Beinn Bhreac (centre), with Ben Lomond just behind to the left]

[Loch Katrine and the West Highlands from Ben Venue's west top]

[Loch Katrine]

[Looking east towards the east top, Loch Achray & Loch Vanachar]

[Loch Katrine (left), Loch Achray (centre) & Loch Venachar (right)]

[West top seen from the east top]

[Loch Achray & Loch Venachar from the east top]

[Loch Katrine from the east top]

[Descent towards the Loch Achray Hotel]

[Loch Achray (8/10/15)]

[Ben Venue & the Loch Achray Hotel]

[A short road walk returns to the car park]


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