Climb to stunning views at Ben A'an
Ben A'an's distinctive pointed summit is an iconic sight in the Trossachs landscape. Indeed, its name comes from the Gaelic for 'the small, pointed peak'.
There are panoramic views of Loch Achray from the car park at the foot of the mountain, while the views from the top encompass the nearby lochs and peaks and as far as the Arrochar Alps on the western shore of Loch Lomond.
Following work on the first stages of an improvement programme, the Ben A’an hill path and car park are now open.
Recharge and relax
There are toilets, refreshments and shopping at nearby Trossachs Pier, on the shore of Loch Katrine.
You’ll also find toilets, shopping and refreshments at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, on the Duke’s Pass to Aberfoyle, and in Aberfoyle village. There’s a Tourist Information Centre in Aberfoyle too.
Please note, parking charges are as follows:
- £1 for up to 1 hour
- £3 for all day
- £12 for minibus and coach all day
Please note, parking charges are payable by coin only, as card readers are not available in remote areas without internet signal. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Season passes are also available. For more information please contact us.
Mountain biking trails
Ben A'an hill path
Ben A'an may be a mountain in miniature but the steep hike to the summit is still a serious challenge. The summit is at 1,512 feet (461m) and it's a round trip of 2¼ miles (3.6 km) – it's a strenuous route and suitable for fit and experienced walkers.
If you make it to the top, there are spectacular views to Loch Katrine, Loch Achray, Loch Venachar and Ben Venue. On a clear day, you can see the Arrochar Alps.
Please note that the route is not waymarked, so you need to take a map and compass with you. Remember that even in summer the weather can change very quickly here, so be prepared.
Watch out for wildlife
Keep your eyes and ears open as you explore the woods around Ben A’an. You might spot red and roe deer amongst the trees, or hear the chatter of a red squirrel in the canopy. You’ll probably hear the mewing call of a buzzard circling overhead or, if you’re very lucky, catch a glimpse of the much bigger golden eagle soaring above the peaks.
The Great Trossachs Forest
Ben A’an lies within The Great Trossachs Forest, a remarkable ‘forest in the making’. This is a unique native woodland partnership project, covering over 160 square kilometres at the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, where a mosaic of woods is being restored for the benefit of wildlife and people.
How to get here
Ben A'an stands beside the A821 at the head of Loch Achray. It’s just 7 miles (11 km) north of Aberfoyle or can be reached from Callander via Kilmahog and Brig o’ Turk.
The car park is at grid reference NN 509 070.
FK17 8HY is the nearest postcode.
Looking for more peaks nearby?
Prefer something less energetic?
Loch Katrine – discover the legendary loch that inspired poets and artists. You can enjoy the spectacular Highland scenery by taking a steamship ride along the loch, cycling along the shore or following some picturesque trails. A highlight is the Art & Literature Trail along the shore.
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre – head towards Aberfoyle on the Duke’s Pass (A821) to The Lodge, a great place to find information about what to see and do in the Forest Park. It also has a café with fantastic views, as well as parking, toilets, trails and a giftshop. It’s also home to Go Ape.
Three Lochs Forest Drive – also off the Duke’s Pass (A821) towards Aberfoyle, this the perfect way to reach the heart of Loch Achray Forest and enjoy stunning Trossachs views without needing to walk very far. The route follows a quiet forest road and is suitable for most vehicles. There are car parks, toilets, play features and scenic trails along the way. Open Easter to October.
Find out more in our guide to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
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