When Shona and I climbed Ben Vorlich last autumn we attacked it from Ardlui and came back down the same way. Parking slightly opposite Stuckendroin Farm at the verge on other side of the road. If you are a serious and skilled walker/climber then there is … We parked near the train station and made the short walk south on the A82 to a nearby underpass. 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. 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. This walk is never short of interest and one of the most outstanding features is the lower slopes of the mountain. Ben Vorlich is in my opinion one of the best of the smaller Scottish Munros. Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers. 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. Eating and Drinking: The Drovers Inn, Inverarnan By Ardlui, G83 7DX. An enjoyable day out for Munro baggers and hill … I visited it for the first time at the end of April 2006 and would definitely choose it for a revisit. 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. The Journey takes 1 hour 29 minutes arriving at 09:50. OS Map 56 / Explorer 364, grid ref: NN 323146. [6] As you go down the highest point of the ridge you bypass Coire Creagach head North down to the bealach at 560m. Ben Vorlich (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Mhùrlaig) is a Scottish mountain situated between the northernmost section of Loch Lomond and Loch Sloy. Not a boggy wasteland devoid of tree cover like many Scottish mountains, plenty of natural woodland. Nat Park - Loch Lomond and Trossachs. 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. Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices. Distance: 10 km, duration 6 – 7 hrs, total ascent 1032m to max ht. B en Vorlich is a pleasant mountain near Ardlui Station. Park in the layby opposite the underpass leading to Ardlui Station and walk south back along the road for about 100 metres. Ben Vorlich is a bulky and very rugged mountain, the most northerly of the Arrochar Alps. 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. This is a little more demanding than the other routes on Vorlich but the views are spectacular of Loch Lomond throughout. The section of the A82 at Pulpit Rock,Loch Lomond will be closed for 14 weeks, between October 2013 and January 2014. Summary:Ben Vorlich is a bulky and very rugged mountain, the most northerly of the Arrochar Alps. 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. The walk starts with a short (200m) ,but rather unpleasant, section of road walking along the A82 until the access road to Garristuck cottage. Airports There are a variety of airports throughout Scotland that would provide easy access to … Author - Tony Maries. (A) Magnificent views from Stuc na Nughinn. 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. Ben Vorlich is one of the most popular mountains in Scotland. 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. Stuckendroin on the A82 about ½ mile south of Ardlui. For the south ridge it is possible to start the walk between Inveruglas and Loch Sloy. Additional ‘Point of Interest’ information. 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. [2] At around NN316142 you will begin the tough climbing take a south direction towards Stuc na Nughinn. 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. North from here into the corrie and down to where the burn rises. Ben Vorlich (Lomond) Circular Route from Ardlui. 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). (D) Start of a difficult decent down to height 350m it’s imperative that your careful in bad weather. OS Map 56 / Explorer 364, grid ref: NN 323146. [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. Ben Vorlich is just 12 miles from Killin, and the starting point for the walking routes is at Ardvolich by Loch Earn. [7] Then your last climb up to Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain, at 674m. 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. Ardlui railway station is a rural railway station, serving Ardlui at the north end of Loch Lomond, in Scotland. Ben Vorlich via Little Hills from Stuckendroin near Ardlui. There are a number of ways to reach this mountain and I suspect the main 'bagger's' route would be from the south. 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. The section of the A82 at Pulpit Rock,Loch Lomond will be closed for 14 weeks, between October 2013 and January 2014. Regular updates on how Covid 19 will impact on walking in the UK More info. 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. Once through you will see a light path that will go in a South West direction. 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. 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. The full route is approximately 9 miles / 14.5km and takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete. Go through the next underpass under the railway and follow the track to a gate and stile on the left. 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. 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. Munros: Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) Route: Ben Vorlich from Ardlui. Keep going west towards the summit cairn on Ben Vorlich at a height of 941m. After the “success” of my previous solo venture, I found a free day and decided to take advantage of it! Terrain: Mixed terrain: some pathless sections, some boggy parts, some scrambling and care avoiding vertical drops in bad weather. 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. Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) In October 2007 I climbed Ben Vorlich from Ardlui station. 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. Ben Vorlich is in my opinion one of the best of the smaller Scottish Munros. All rights reserved. Distance from H’burgh: 24 miles. 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. 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. 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. 943m. The A82 is the road alongside Loch Lomond from Crianlarich to Glasgow. Ardlui railway station is situated 2½ miles northeast of Ben Vorlich… Ben Vorlich from Ardlui This walk ascends one Munro, Ben Vorlich (not to be confused with the Ben Vorlich above Loch Earn). For climbing the north ridge there is a route starting between Inverarnan and Ardlui. Ben Vorlich is a large, complicated mountain, with ridges running to the SSE, east, ENE, NE and north of the mountain. A guide to walking and scrambling routes in the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. There is plenty of verge parking opposite a wood just to the north of Stuckendroin which is mainly a collection of white buildings. Today it is a working landscape and there is much of interest charting past mans' activities. Copyright © 1997 - 2020 Walking Britain. 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. Inaugurated in 2002, this National Park lies within an hour's drive of 70% of Scotland's population. It is a spectacular location in a dramatic landscape with access to Ben Vorlich, which rises almost immediately behind Ardlui. Walking and viewing ahead is the Little Hills with the two minor tops sitting at 793m and 808m. The name “Ben Vorlich” can be translated into “Hill of the Bay”. 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. A very late start for this one. 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. These two high peaks, along with their neighbours indicate the … It is located close to the Highland Boundary Fault and offers superb views across both the Highlands and Lowlands. … Maps: OS Map 56 / Explorer 364, Start Point  grid ref: NN 323146. 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. All rooms at Ardlui Hotel feature an private bathroom, with a shower or a bath, a flat-screen TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km. [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. This alternative route ascends by the Little Hills ridge and descends the Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain ridge to the north east. The walk starts at 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. [8]  From to Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain take a sharp East direction descend down to a height of 300m through the crags and gullies and take your time in bad weather. Time - 6 hours 50 minutes. A gentler route can be found by Loch Sloy Power Station a few miles south for less experienced walkers. 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. Starting from Ardlui, this hill walk in the Southern Highlands includes the summit of a Munro. The property is just 4 minutes’ walk from Ardlui Rail Station and Pier. ... to gain an upper corrie, then north-west to the col between Ben Vorlich and Stub nan Coinnich Bhacain. 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. 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. I am sure this burn is named but there is none on the OS 50000 map of the area. Please ask permission to use site content and images. (C) Start of the decent, keeping left will give you safer route down bypassing above Coire Creagach. I have been walking in Scotland for over 15 years and I have only recently visited the area around Loch Lomond, as it contains many of the Munros I need to complete. Follow Walking Britain for the latest news. Start point: Parking slightly opposite Stuckendroin Farm at the verge on other side of the road. 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. 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. Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Then descending by the north-east ridge, completing a horseshoe circuit of Coire Creagach, Stob-nan Coinnich Bhacain then back down to Stuckendroin Farm. 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 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. 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. Start/Finish. Ben Vorlich from Ardlui Introduction to Walk 2317. Self Catering & Cottage Holidays - Properties throughout the UK & Europe. The forecast was awful; it was the tail end of a storm, but it was my only free day and I was determined. 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). [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. Then descending by the north-east ridge, completing a horseshoe circuit of Coire Creagach, Stob-nan Coinnich Bhacain then back down to Stuckendroin Farm. location only). From 300m head a South East Direction towards a small stream at a 100m. [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 from Ardvorlich via Loch Sloy Other routes and challenges The other main … Grade - mod/hard. A route next to the station takes skilled walkers up Ben Vorlich. 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. 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). The restaurant serves country house-style dishes, prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Ascent - 3400 feet / 1030 metres . Start from Ardlui (Grid ref NN317157) and leave the main road by the underbridge that leads to Garristuck Cottages. There are a number of ways to reach this mountain and I suspect the main 'bagger's' route would be from the south. County/Area - Argyll and Bute. So off I went on the train to Ardlui. Ben Vorlich is a bulky and very rugged mountain, the most northerly of the Arrochar Alps. Stuckendroin Farm at the verge on other side of the road. Some rooms offer stunning views to Loch Lomond. Ben Vorlich can be climbed from either Inveruglas or Ardlui, which both lie on the A82 road. [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. Includes advice and useful links. The best city in Scotland for Ben Vorlich is Glasgow, however access can be gained from a variety of locations. 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). Walking | Ben Vorlich from Ardlui | This walk ascends one Munro, Ben Vorlich (not to be confused with the Ben Vorlich above Loch Earn). Total ascent of 3400 ft, to a height of 3076 ft. Explorer map 364. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Start - OS grid reference NN317157Lat 56.30376 // Long -4.721785Postcode G83 7EB (approx. There are several ways to approach Ben Vorlich (Lomond) but the route described here is interesting. I visited it for the first time at the end of April 2006 and would definitely choose it for a revisit. 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