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Ben Venue

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A useful companion walk to Ben A'an, the two peaks facing each other over the south end of Loch Katrine.

The Loch 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.

The burn 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.

Head south-east 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.


Maps: OS Sheet 57 'Stirling & The Trossachs'
Distance: 9 km
Ascent: 670m
Time: 4 hours
Food & Drink: Loch Achray Hotel at starting point, Aberfoyle has several hotels, and the Lade Inn at Kilmahog is also convenient.


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