Not to be confused with Ben Vorlich in the far east of the national park, this Ben Vorlich is on the western edge of the immense Loch Lomond and a fantastic objective with gob-smacking views. With a summit height of 3,094 feet (943 m), this mighty peak is both a Munro and a Marilyn with several other tops to explore along its magnificent ridge.
There are numerous hiking trails up Ben Vorlich with none rising above the others in popularity. The trails to the summit are steep but you can take ample pauses to admire the phenomenal scenery of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, a.k.a pauses to catch your breath.
Mountains and lochs wherever you look
Hikes up to Ben Vorlich’s towering summit mean strenuous walking over grassy and rocky terrain with a good few false summits that keep the optimism pumping. A number of streams trickle their way down from the peak too, providing interesting navigational decisions and a lively hops over them.
No matter which route you choose to hike Ben Vorlich’s hulking slopes, it won’t be long before the views kick in. Look in any direction to see glittering lochs hugging mountain bases and neighbouring peaks rising relentlessly. On a clear day, it’s a marvellous sight. You’ll find a trig point at 3,087 feet (941 m) but the true summit is a trifle further north.
Steep with scrambling in some sections, Ben Vorlich isn't particularly technical. Hiking this tough mountain is a fantastic adventure with good access from Inveruglas and Arrochar, which both have car parking and accommodation too. Choose the southern shoulder for a relatively gentler ascent than the direct option from Loch Sloy’s dam.
Weatherwise, snow patches can still be found into early summer while bitter winds are common. Prepare for changeable weather and note that winter ascents are purely the realm of experienced winter mountaineers.
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