Summary:Ben Vorlich is a bulky and very rugged mountain, the most northerly of the Arrochar Alps. Over 70 graded low-level, mid-level and mountain walks taking in hills, glens and picturesque woodland, as well as all of the region's Munro summits. North from here into the corrie and down to where the burn rises. From rolling lowland landscapes in the south to high mountains in the north, there are many lochs and rivers with forests and woodlands adding variety to the landscape. OS Map 56 / Explorer 364, grid ref: NN 323146. Ben Vorlich via Little Hills from Stuckendroin near Ardlui. Nat Park - Loch Lomond and Trossachs. There is plenty of verge parking opposite a wood just to the north of Stuckendroin which is mainly a collection of white buildings. County/Area - Argyll and Bute. The A82 is the road alongside Loch Lomond from Crianlarich to Glasgow. [5] Heading North West slightly to Ben Vorlich highest point at 943 is the start of the decent but make you keep to the left to get a safer way down. Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices. Walking | Ben Vorlich from Ardlui | This walk ascends one Munro, Ben Vorlich (not to be confused with the Ben Vorlich above Loch Earn). There are clearly plenty of other interesting routes up this mountain and it does seem to have plenty to offer from any side you care to approach it. (A) Magnificent views from Stuc na Nughinn. Ben Vorlich is in my opinion one of the best of the smaller Scottish Munros. This route follows the two most attractive ridges – it ascends by the east 'Little Hills' ridge and descends by the NE 'Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain' ridge. This alternative route ascends by the Little Hills ridge and descends the Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain ridge to the north east. (C) Start of the decent, keeping left will give you safer route down bypassing above Coire Creagach. Distance from H’burgh: 24 miles. I expected, because of the accessibility of the area to Glasgow and other major towns and cities that I would find overcrowded pay-and-display car parks, muddy and eroded footpaths as wide as country lanes, litter and official parties getting lost and making a nuisance of themselves. Walking and viewing ahead is the Little Hills with the two minor tops sitting at 793m and 808m. These two high peaks, along with their neighbours indicate the … [2] At around NN316142 you will begin the tough climbing take a south direction towards Stuc na Nughinn. Then descending by the north-east ridge, completing a horseshoe circuit of Coire Creagach, Stob-nan Coinnich Bhacain then back down to Stuckendroin Farm. Once through you will see a light path that will go in a South West direction. Ardlui railway station is situated 2½ miles northeast of Ben Vorlich… [9] Crossing the stream you’re nearly back at the railway underpass just walk round the sheep fold and you will see the gates to the underpass. Some rooms offer stunning views to Loch Lomond. Ben Vorlich is just 12 miles from Killin, and the starting point for the walking routes is at Ardvolich by Loch Earn. I visited it for the first time at the end of April 2006 and would definitely choose it for a revisit. OS Map 56 / Explorer 364, grid ref: NN 323146. If you are a serious and skilled walker/climber then there is … This route starts just before Stuckendroin Farm near Ardlui, at the farm taking a right through the gate marked “Access to Ben Vorlich” starting our ascent to the Little Hills, via Stuc na Nughinn and then to Ben Vorlich. [7] Then your last climb up to Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain, at 674m. Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km. All rooms at Ardlui Hotel feature an private bathroom, with a shower or a bath, a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Today it is a working landscape and there is much of interest charting past mans' activities. Highlights include Ben Lui, Ben Lomond, the Cobbler and the Arrochar Alps.More information, This practical handbook covers digital outdoor photography and the whole range of outdoor activities including walking, running, cycling, water sports (in and on the water), as participant or spectator. Not a boggy wasteland devoid of tree cover like many Scottish mountains, plenty of natural woodland. Ben Vorlich can be climbed from either Inveruglas or Ardlui, which both lie on the A82 road. There are various different routes that can be taken on the Munro, and the most popular route is the steep ascent on the Loch Sloy side. This walk is never short of interest and one of the most outstanding features is the lower slopes of the mountain. Grade - mod/hard. The Journey takes 1 hour 29 minutes arriving at 09:50. Ben Vorlich from Ardlui With great views over Loch Lomond, the route to Ben Vorlich is normally climbed by a steep ascent from Loch Sloy but can also be started from Ardlui train station. Ben Vorlich is a bulky and very rugged mountain, the most northerly of the Arrochar Alps. An enjoyable day out for Munro baggers and hill … Inaugurated in 2002, this National Park lies within an hour's drive of 70% of Scotland's population. [3] At Stuc na Nughinn it get complicated with lots of wangling through and over small crags but keep to a South West direction towards the Little Hills. Ben Vorlich is one of the most popular mountains in Scotland. Ben Vorlich (Lomond) Circular Route from Ardlui. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Start - OS grid reference NN317157Lat 56.30376 // Long -4.721785Postcode G83 7EB (approx. Diving from Glasgow is 49.6 miles away with 1 hr 7 min driving but when the road works start at the end of the year it might be best taking the train. The walk starts with a short (200m) ,but rather unpleasant, section of road walking along the A82 until the access road to Garristuck cottage. All rights reserved. Additional ‘Point of Interest’ information. Stuckendroin Farm at the verge on other side of the road. So off I went on the train to Ardlui. This route starts and finishes at Ardlui, ascending the mountain's east ridge, via Stuc na Nughinn and the Little Hills, descending by the north-east ridge, completing a horseshoe circuit of Coire Creagach. For serious walkers, Ardlui has a route to the top of Ben Vorlich, found by the railway station (which is part of the west highland line). Author - Tony Maries. Starting from Ardlui, this hill walk in the Southern Highlands includes the summit of a Munro. Total ascent of 3400 ft, to a height of 3076 ft. Explorer map 364. There is a Ardlui railway station which leaves Glasgow Queen Street at 08:21 Monday to Saturday, Sunday it seems to not run a good service. Ben Vorlich is in my opinion one of the best of the smaller Scottish Munros. At the narrow northern end the Loch is hemmed in by rugged mountains and Ardlui is located near where this narrow section of the loch ends. Walk grading - Learn how each walk is assessed and select a walk to suit your ability and experience by going to Walk Grading Details. More Information. The section of the A82 at Pulpit Rock,Loch Lomond will be closed for 14 weeks, between October 2013 and January 2014. Munros: Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) Route: Ben Vorlich from Ardlui. Maps: OS Map 56 / Explorer 364, Start Point  grid ref: NN 323146. Ben Vorlich is a bulky and very rugged mountain, the most northerly of the Arrochar Alps. Stuckendroin on the A82 about ½ mile south of Ardlui. This route starts just before Stuckendroin Farm near Ardlui, at the farm taking a right through the gate marked “Access to Ben Vorlich” starting our ascent to the Little Hills, via Stuc na Nughinn and then to Ben Vorlich. Keep going west towards the summit cairn on Ben Vorlich at a height of 941m. The section of the A82 at Pulpit Rock,Loch Lomond will be closed for 14 weeks, between October 2013 and January 2014. Ardlui railway station is a rural railway station, serving Ardlui at the north end of Loch Lomond, in Scotland. The name “Ben Vorlich” can be translated into “Hill of the Bay”. Ben Vorlich is a bulky and very rugged mountain, the most northerly of the Arrochar Alps. Go through the next underpass under the railway and follow the track to a gate and stile on the left. It's a bit overshadowed by some more famous (and more popular) neighbours such as Ben Arthur and Ben Lomond, but that means it is usually crowd-free experience. Copyright © 1997 - 2020 Walking Britain. Eating and Drinking: The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan By Ardlui, G83 7DX. Start: about 0.5 mile south Ardlui A82 (parking on A82 verge near Stuckendroin farm) A serious walk; in winter conditions be properly prepared and add 50% to your time. It is one of the Arrochar Alps, though it lies separate from the other peaks in the range, as indicated by the large topographic prominence. I am sure this burn is named but there is none on the OS 50000 map of the area. Covers basic concepts, equipment and processing and optimising your images back at base.More information, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park covers some 720 sq miles (1,865 sq km) of some of the finest scenery in Scotland. It is a spectacular location in a dramatic landscape with access to Ben Vorlich, which rises almost immediately behind Ardlui. The forecast was awful; it was the tail end of a storm, but it was my only free day and I was determined. A gentler route can be found by Loch Sloy Power Station a few miles south for less experienced walkers. Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) In October 2007 I climbed Ben Vorlich from Ardlui station. There is a faint path which winds its way around grassy, and sometimes rocky outcrops as you gain height, and on a clear day like we had, fantastic views open up, north towards Ardlui and the head of Loch Lomond and, ahead of you, the Little Hills and the corrie's of Ben Vorlich gradually come into view. Regular updates on how Covid 19 will impact on walking in the UK More info. Ben Vorlich has three tops, the OS trig point at 941m, and the true summit 200m NNW is 943m and the North Top (931m) is 500m further N. From the summit ridge, a ridge curves NE to Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain. ... to gain an upper corrie, then north-west to the col between Ben Vorlich and Stub nan Coinnich Bhacain. Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers. Start point: Parking slightly opposite Stuckendroin Farm at the verge on other side of the road. After you pass the cottages (one old, one much newer) head uphill in a grand anticlockwise sweep WNW to reach the minor summit Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain. Third ascent via the Little Hills and Vorlich N Top with the Munro Society for the David Batty Memorial walk. NormanW: 22/06/2019: From Ardlui via Ben Vorlich North Top and returning over the Little Hills ridge. Dry day with strong wind on summit. knarf: 11/06/2019 It is possible to walk a fine circuit taking in the Little Hills from Ardlui to the north, but the ascent here, from Inveruglas via the Loch Sloy dam road, is the quickest and most popular. The property is just 4 minutes’ walk from Ardlui Rail Station and Pier. This route starts just before Stuckendroin Farm near Ardlui, at the farm taking a right through the gate marked “Access to Ben Vorlich” starting our ascent to the Little Hills, via Stuc na Nughinn and then to Ben Vorlich. I visited it for the first time at the end of April 2006 and would definitely choose it for a revisit. Connected by the West Highland Railway, consistently voted one of the best railway journeys in the world, Ardlui is a favoured stop for walkers and hikers. There are a number of ways to reach this mountain and I suspect the main 'bagger's' route would be from the south. Ben Vorlich from Ardlui Introduction to Walk 2317. It is located close to the Highland Boundary Fault and offers superb views across both the Highlands and Lowlands. location only). Airports There are a variety of airports throughout Scotland that would provide easy access to … Head down to the bealach and take the well defined path up the north side of Ben Vorlich to reach the summit ridge of the mountain. Ascent - 3400 feet / 1030 metres . This is a little more demanding than the other routes on Vorlich but the views are spectacular of Loch Lomond throughout. Cambusbarron to Lewis Hill via Sauchie Craig, Alternative hike route up Ben Bouie, Helensburgh 06 December 2020, Forgandenny Circuit, Perthshire 05/07/2020, Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 plane over Helensburgh 30052020, Helens Todd of Ramblers Scotland on Landward talking Wild Camping, Tree felling and Harvesting, Helensburgh and Balloch Hills, Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers, https://peterjgordon.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/VID_20170818_101038.mp4. The full route is approximately 9 miles / 14.5km and takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete. Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. There are three high points, the N top (931 m), the true summit (943 m) and the S top, which boasts the triangulation pillar and the best views (941 m). When Sue and I went up Ben Vorlich a couple of weeks ago I recalled clearly, or so I thought, the views we enjoyed on my previous visit. Ben Vorlich doesn’t pose too many problems for the seasoned walker and is a great mountain for people who are new to Munro bagging, so long as you have the right kit and navigational skills. I went eastwards down from the triangulation pillar (not much sign of any path here) down to the col below the Little Hills (about 765 m). It is possible to walk a fine circuit taking in the Little Hills from Ardlui to the north, but the ascent here, from Inveruglas via the Loch Sloy dam road, is the quickest. Ardlui is situated at the Northern most point of Loch Lomond and is near to some of the best walking routes around the Loch, with a ferry to take you across the Loch to join up with the West Highland Way. Self Catering & Cottage Holidays - Properties throughout the UK & Europe. (D) Start of a difficult decent down to height 350m it’s imperative that your careful in bad weather. A descent is possible from the col SW of this peak E to the glen below and through the glen to the A82 road S of Ardlui. Ben Vorlich, Stuc a'Chroin & neighbours Routes up the Munros and Corbetts south of Loch Earn Viewed from the south, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin are prominant landmarks, seen rising above the Braes O'Doune windfarm. I noticed that the guys from GHWC were planning on taking the Inveruglas ascent and Ardlui descent, I thought it would be nice to climb it again,this time from the other side. A route next to the station takes skilled walkers up Ben Vorlich. Start from Ardlui (Grid ref NN317157) and leave the main road by the underbridge that leads to Garristuck Cottages. Please ask permission to use site content and images. A very late start for this one. There are several ways to approach Ben Vorlich (Lomond) but the route described here is interesting. [4] At the hight of 793m with a little scrambling and head West to point height 808m you will have reached the Little Hills with some great views. It is possible to walk a fine circuit taking in the Little Hills from Ardlui to the north, but the ascent here, from Inveruglas via the Loch Sloy dam road, is the quickest and most popular. Follow Walking Britain for the latest news. Follow the burn down into really beautiful natural woodland to duck under the railway and come out on the A82 about 500 m south of the starting point. Includes advice and useful links. Time - 6 hours 50 minutes. Start/Finish. We parked near the train station and made the short walk south on the A82 to a nearby underpass. Ben Vorlich from Ardvorlich via Loch Sloy Other routes and challenges The other main … Ben Vorlich (943m) Also in the Arrochar Alps and the most northerly, Ben Vorlich provides a great day of hiking from Ardlui, if reached by public transport (the other easier alternative would be from Inveruglas via the Loch Sloy dam road). … [1] Starting at the gate with a sign saying “Access to Ben Vorlich” head through and diagonally cross the field to a couple of gates and go through the underpass of the railway line. B en Vorlich is a pleasant mountain near Ardlui Station. When Shona and I climbed Ben Vorlich last autumn we attacked it from Ardlui and came back down the same way. After the “success” of my previous solo venture, I found a free day and decided to take advantage of it! Parking slightly opposite Stuckendroin Farm at the verge on other side of the road. 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