companion walk to Ben A'an, the two peaks facing each other over the south
end of Loch Katrine.
Achray Hotel is a useful starting and finishing point, with the path heading
into the woods of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Go west then south-west,
climbing gently up the forest track in Gleann Riabhach to where a path
strikes off near the top of the road. The path eventually clears the wood
and goes north up the corrie on the south-west flanks of Ben Venue.
tinkles over small outcrops higher up before the south-west ridge of Ben
Venue is gained. This leads easily to the summit at 729m. There are fine
views, particularly to the north and west, with Rob Roy Macgregor country
under your feet.
over the 727m top (on the O.S. 1 25000 map they have erroneously marked
this as the summit). From here there is a choice of descents; either go
south to reach boggy slopes leading to the forest and the ascent path,
or more interestingly go north to descend the corrie on the north-east
flank of Venue, descending on the east side of a burn to reach steeper
birch-clad slopes leading with care to a path passing the sluices on Loch
Katrine. Continue to regain the Loch Achray Hotel.