The higher of two mountains named Ben Vorlich, this magnificent peak rises immediately to the south of Loch Earn in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. In the very south of the Highlands, hiking up Ben Vorlich takes you to 3,232 feet (985 m) with astounding views across both its neighbouring peaks and the eastern foothills.
Ben Vorlich and its sister Stuc a’ Chroin come as a pair and a double Munro ascent is popular, summiting Stuc on the way down. While slightly lower, Stuc can be a difficult peak with scrambling and a significantly rockier nature. For an easier day, you can summit the wonderful Ben Vorlich and return via the same path.
A fantastically friendly climb
The most common hiking trail up Ben Vorlich is from the sweeping Loch Earn to the north. With a clear, gravel path, you’ll find yourself ambling through the beautiful Glen Vorlich, lush and green through the summer.
As you ascend, you can spot the majestic presence of mighty Ben Lawers on the northern horizon, often bathed in cloud. From the summit in summer, the Trossachs are fantastically verdant, their rocky bulks rising up to the west and south west. You’ll know when you’ve reached Ben Vorlich’s peak thanks to a trig point and a sudden yearning to continue onto Stuc a’ Chroin.
Exposed, weather conditions can change quickly on Ben Vorlich and even in summer, clouds, wind and rain can close in rapidly. Be prepared to change your plans should the conditions turn prohibitively sour and relish sunshine when it comes.
Campsites and other accommodation are plentiful in the immediate surroundings with Callander to the south being the largest nearby settlement.
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
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