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Discover the highest peak in The Trossachs, a familiar landmark looming behind Callander

Ben Ledi

Take in the view at Ben Ledi

Ben Ledi's prominent position beside Loch Lubnaig on the edge of the Highlands makes it an excellent viewpoint. In the past, local people celebrated the summer solstice on the summit, getting as close to heaven as they could. This may explain why Ben Ledi's name has been translated from the Gaelic as the Mountain of God (although it's more likely to be Beinn Leitir, the Hill of the Slope).

Ben Ledi hill path improvement works have started and will be ongoing from November for several months.

The path upgrade is part of The Mountains and the People project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund in partnership with Cairngorms National Park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust.


Parking Walking

Parking for Ben Ledi

The small car park here can get very busy in high season.

Find the essentials

There are toilets, refreshments and shopping at nearby Strathyre village and in Callander. There's also a Tourist Information Centre in Callander.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Ben Ledi Hill Access Path

This popular trail to the highest peak in The Trossachs is a steep hill climb but well worth the effort for the spectacular views of Loch Lubnaig and the surrounding hills.

Ben Ledi's long ridge may look appealing from the car park, but it's a steep climb to the top! Ben Ledi's summit is at 2,884 feet (879 m) and it's a round trip of 4¾ miles (7.6 km). Don't be fooled by the well-trodden path – it's a strenuous route and suitable for fit and experienced walkers.

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.

What's up there?

On a clear day, the views from Ben Ledi are panoramic, with Lochs Lubnaig and Venachar below you and Ben Lomond, the Arrochar Alps and a series of Highland peaks, including Ben Lui, Ben More and the Lawers range, as a stunning backdrop. You might even spot Stirling Castle and the Pentlands beyond.

There's a cairn at the rocky summit, built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, and an iron cross. The cross was erected as a memorial to Sergeant Harry Lawrie who was killed on duty with Killin Mountain Rescue team in 1987.

Rob Roy Way long distance trail

The Rob Roy Way passes along the western shore of Loch Lubnaig. This 94 mile (151km) trail runs from Drymen to Pitlochry, following the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw.

Watch out for wildlife

Keep your eyes and ears open as you explore the woods around Ben Ledi. 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.

Contact: Cowal and Trossachs Forest District

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600

Email: cowaltrossachs@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

From Callander, take the A84 north. About a mile (2km) beyond Kilmahog, turn left at the sign for ‘Strathyre Forest Cabins’. Cross the bridge and you’ll see the small car park on your left.

The car park is at grid reference NN 587 091.

Using SatNav?

FK17 8HF is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are regular buses running between Callander and Killin, which stop in Strathyre village. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

National Cycle Route 7 (Inverness to Glasgow) also winds through the glen and links Killin and Callander.

Nearby places

Looking for more peaks nearby?

Look out for hill access routes to two other scenic local peaks. It’s a short but steep scramble up Ben A’an or enjoy a longer route to rugged Ben Venue, both with stunning Trossachs views.

Prefer something less energetic?

If the high tops are not for you, then try the moderate Coireachrombie trail that starts from the nearby Forest Holidays Strathyre Cabins site.

Callander – the bustling little town of Callander serves as the eastern gateway to the Highlands. Explore the woods at Callander Crags for great views over the town, across the Trossachs to Loch Lomond and south to Stirling.

Strathyre – explore this rugged glen and tranquil Loch Lubnaig, and discover a series of trails that wind through woodland around Strathyre village and above the River Balvag.

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.

Find out more in our guide to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.


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