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Ben Vorlich (985m / 3232 ft) and Stuc a' Chroin (975m / 3199 ft), Perthshire, Scotland

Summary of First Story

 

These two munros are seen by thousands of travellers along the A9 and on the main rail service from Glasgow to Perth.  The distinctive shape of Ben Vorlich gives a first hint of the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands, and it is one of the most accessible munros for people living in the cities of Glasgow, Stirling, Edinburgh and Perth.  The two peaks provide a real highland challenge, with some tough hiking to the tops, and a tricky route in snowy conditions (as this story illustrates).  They make a great hike, with excellent views (see 2nd story summary below)!

 

  • I’ll remember most the difficult climb up the snowy side of Stuc a' Chroin
  • The best bit was the climb up the shapely ridge to the top of Ben Vorlich
  • The worst bit was climbing that snowy slope
  • A word of warning is to consider your route carefully and take the right gear, especially in snowy conditions like this!

 

 

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Contributed by:  Andrew Llanwarne

Written up - May 2006

 

Summary of Second Story

This summer ascent of Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin was a contrast to the earlier story.  It was in the summer, with a larger "Easy Walking" group, and we climbed them in reverse order walking up from Edinample, east of the usual starting point at Ardvorlich.  A bridge destroyed in floods 2 years earlier will soon be repaired, but in the meantime access to Ardvorlich is blocked from the west.

 

The weather improved during the day and we took our time, but it was still quite an effort.

 

  • I’ll remember most the final climb of Ben Vorlich from the bealach
  • The best bit was the views on the way down Ben Vorlich, as the sun came out
  • The worst bit was wading across the Burn of Ample
  • The funniest bit was meeting the pigs at Glenample
  • Three words of warning: bridges, midges, slippages:
    • make sure to cross the Ample Burn at the first bridge – there isn’t another one!
    • remember to take something to protect you from the midges
    • and take care on the slippery track up Stuc a Chroin from the bealach, and down again!
     

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Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne - July 2006

Ben Vorlich viewed across Loch Earn in winter

Ben Vorlich viewed across Loch Earn in winter (photo - Alan Craig)

Key Facts

Location

Start from Ardvorlich, south side of Loch Earn, Perthshire, Scotland (2nd story from Edinample, just to the west)

When it was walked March 2003 / July 2006
Walk type high hills and mountains
Difficulty Requires a reasonably good level of fitness and strong footwear
Distance approx 17 km (10.5 miles)
Height climbed approx 1200m (3940 ft)
Time taken approx about 5-6 hours (2nd story, 7.5 hours)
Map used if any OS Landranger 1:50,000 maps No 51– Loch Tay, and 57 - Stirling (the route crosses from one map to the other)
Source of info on walk Previous climb - details in guidebooks to the Munros
Getting there

By car from Dundee, about 1 hr 30 mins

Easily accessed from Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Edinburgh areas

Places to stay Lochearnhead, St Fillans, Comrie
Places to eat/ buy food

Shops and hotels in St Fillans and Lochearnhead