Discover the delights of the 'pointed peak' – an iconic Trossachs summit with spectacular views to Loch Katrine and Ben Venue

Ben A'an

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.

Parking (charge) Walking

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.

Car parking

Following work on the first stages of an improvement programme, the Ben A’an hill path and car park are now open.

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.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

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 4.5miles (7 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.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600


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.

Using SatNav?

FK17 8HY is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Looking for more peaks nearby?

There are hill access routes to nearby Ben Venue and Ben Ledi. Both are longer routes than this one and also offer panoramic views over The Trossachs.

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 March to October.

Find out more in our Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 4.7MB).

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