Reach for the sky at Ben Venue
There are delightful glimpses of Loch Achray between the trees at the car park where the winding hill route to Ben Venue begins. A trip to the craggy summit is hard work but rewarding for the spectacular Trossachs views. If the high hills aren't for you, you can choose the short Creag Noran trail instead to get a taste of this much-loved landscape.
Please note: there will be hill path improvement worksongoing in the area from October through to January. Please follow all safety signage and instructions of ground personnel you encounter.
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
Season passes are also available. For more information please contact us.
Please note: there will be hill path improvement worksongoing in the area from October through to December. Please follow all safety signage and instructions of ground personnel you encounter.
Creag Noran Viewpoint Trail
Take a walk through the heather above Loch Achray to get a flavour of the stunning Trossachs landscape without having to climb its mountains.
Uneven gravel path with some rough rocky sections and muddy patches. Long slopes with some steep sections.
½ miles / 0.9 km Allow ¼ hour
Mountain biking trails
Ben Venue hill path
Ben Venue may mean 'small mountain' in Gaelic but be prepared for its steep, rugged slopes! Your reward will be spectacular views over Loch Katrine and the peaks of the Southern Highlands.
Ben Venue's summit is at 2,386 feet (727m) and it's a round trip of 8½ miles (13.7 km). The route to the summit is a serious undertaking and suitable for fit and experienced walkers.
The route leads you beside the river and across the Achray Water bridge to join the hill path. It 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.
On a clear day there are panoramic views from the twin summits. You'll have a bird's eye view over Loch Katrine and the nearby peaks of Ben A'an, Ben More and Ben Lomond, and beyond Loch Lomond to the Arrochar Alps. You may also glimpse the Firth of Forth, the Clyde, the Isle of Arran and the Paps of Jura!
A place in history
Sir Walter Scott immortalised Ben Venue in his famous poem, The Lady of the Lake, describing its craggy slopes as ‘fragments of an earlier world’. Its history is indeed written in the landscape – to the north of the summit, near the shore of Loch Katrine, is Bealach nam Bò, the Pass of the Cattle. This is where Highland cattle thieves once drove their stolen herds across the hills.
How to get here
The car park is near the Achray Hotel, beside the A821 at the head of Loch Achray. It’s about 6 miles (9.5 km) north of Aberfoyle or can be reached from Callander via Kilmahog and Brig o’ Turk.
The car park is at grid reference NN 506 068.
FK17 8HZ 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.
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