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Ben Ledi (879m - 2783 ft) near Callander and the Trossachs, Perthshire, Scotland


This is a compact circular walking route up one of Scotland’s most prominent and accessible small mountains, north-west of Callander and beside the popular Trossachs area.  It is ideal as a short winter hike, or as a fairly easy introduction to walking in Scotland’s mountains.  There's a good hiking trail to the top. It was just right for us on this occasion, providing a taste of winter conditions but with no real hazards. 

A longer route is possible north along the ridge to Ben Vane, although it’s not so easy to make it into a circuit unless climbing from Brig o' Turk.


  • It was most memorable for the views north along Loch Lubnaig
  • The best bit was looking back along the cornice to the summit in sunshine
  • The worst bit was being caught on the summit in a snowstorm
  • The funniest bit was the photo call with highland cattle on the way
  • Words of warning – even for a short walk in the spring, make sure to take winter clothing


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Contributed by:  Andrew Llanwarne

Looking back along the trail to Loch Lubnaig with snowy Ben Vorlich appearing in the distance

Looking back along the trail to Loch Lubnaig with snowy Ben Vorlich appearing in the distance

Key Facts

Location 3 miles north-west of Callander, off the A84
When it was walked 23 March 2004
Walk type High hills and mountains
Difficulty Requires a reasonably good level of fitness and strong footwear
Distance approx approx 6.5 miles, 10 km
Height climbed approx 755m (2500 ft)
Time taken approx 4 hours
Map used if any OS Landranger 1:50,000 map No 57 – Stirling & the Trossachs
Source of info on walk Previous climb
Getting there

By car from Dundee, just over an hour

Easily accessed from Glasgow and Edinburgh areas

Places to stay In Callander
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