Discover the iconic and rugged 'small mountain' that dominates the eastern reaches of Loch Katrine

Ben Venue

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.

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Find refreshments

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

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.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

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.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600


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.

Using SatNav?

FK17 8HZ is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Looking for more peaks nearby?

There are 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 craggy Ben Ledi, the highest hill in 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.

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