Stùc a' Chroin

Stùc a' Chroin

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Stùc a’ Chroin rises just to the north of the Highland fault line, the divide between the lowland Central Belt and the majesty of the Scottish Highlands. This makes it one of Scotland’s most southerly Munros and, thanks to this, it is a very popular mountain. It sees far more boots than it would if it was sequestered further north.

A popular but challenging Munro on the southern edge of the Highlands

Routes to Stùc a’ Chroin often incorporate neighbouring Munro Ben Vorlich, starting at Ardvorlich on Loch Earn. It’s perhaps the technical challenge of gaining Stùc a’ Chroin’s summit from this direction that gives it its name, which translates to ‘Peak of Danger.’ The final ascent from Bealach an Dubh Choirein involves at least some scrambling. The easiest line is to avoid the obvious buttress by skirting to the right and clambering up through scattered rocks.

An approach to Stùc a’ Chroin is also possible from Loch Lubnaig in the west, over the multi-topped Corbett of Beinn Each. Alternatively, there’s the peak’s long southeast ridge, which is accessible from Callander, where you’ll find plenty of accommodation. However, routes from here entail a very long approach.

The summit’s location on the eastern fringes of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park makes it an excellent vantage for taking in the mountainous country to the north and west, while to the east, lower summits give way to Perthshire’s pastures. On a clear day, the Ben Lawers group is a huge presence to the north, towering above Loch Tay.


  • Derry

    These two Munros on the southern fringe of the Highlands appear as an identical pair in many distant views. Closer up, they are more different. Ben Vorlich is a very popular hillwalk from Loch Earn and a fine viewpoint, whilst the continuation to Stuc a'Chroin is a more serious walk with steep, rocky ground.

    • March 6, 2019

  • Andrew

    Marked by a very small cairn.

    • June 29, 2021

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Location: Perth and Kinross, Scotland, United Kingdom


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