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Ben Vorlich [Loch Earn]


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
985 m (3231 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
165 of 282 Munros
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Hill of the bay

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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  57   Stirling & The Trossachs

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin are neighbours and are among the first Munros to be seen by visitors heading N as they can be seen from the A9 S of Stirling. These two mountains have almost parallel SE ridges and they are connected by Bealach an Dubh Choirein.

The summit of Ben Vorlich sits at the intersection of four ridges all of which offer access routes. The access path from Loch Earn, through Glen Vorlich, ascends the W face of the N ridge, but the NW ridge to Ben Our offers an alternative route to join the same path.

The SW ridge connects to Stuc a' Chroin and the long SE ridge can be ascended from Gleann Dubh Choirein. The path through this glen joins the path from Glen Artney to Callander, offering longer routes for walkers.

Hazards you may encounter on Ben Vorlich [Loch Earn] include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Ben Vorlich [Loch Earn].

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 Routes that include Ben Vorlich [Loch Earn]
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1260 m 14.70 km 5.5 hrs Ben Vorlich [Loch Earn] and Stuc a' Chroin  This is a relatively easy route, but the ascent of Stuc a' Chroin is a scramble.  

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Me on a bitterly cold and windy summit New Years Day 2013

© David Pitbladdo

Image by David Pitbladdo

At the summit of Ben Vorlich

© John Carroll

Image by John Carroll

Me at the top of Ben Vorlich :)

© Danielle Houlachan

Image by Danielle Houlachan

Karl and Oscar on summit,17/3/12.

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson
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Alexander Macleod
wrote on
July 7, 2010
Sunday 27th June left a sunny perth The Wife Fiona and her pal Pam and myself looking forward to a good day climbing, I pass this hill everyday on my way to work in falkirk it looks spectacular when you see it standing there in the magnificent blue yonder. However as we nered our quarry on the south side of lochearn the cloud was hanging down over the shoulder further up the path, carry on regardless and hope it clears. The hill was busy on this wet sunday morning. Got to the top but must go back and see what we went up for. very enjoyable a must
Martin Scott
wrote on
June 30, 2010
walked Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin on the 29th of June, weather was fine, bright and warm with a light breeze which kept us cool on the tops. A nice steady ascent which took about 2 1/2 hours to summit on Ben Vorlich. Did the scramble up the prow on Stuc a' Chroin which was enjoyable and fairly straightforward. Took us 2 hours to get back to the start at Ardvorlich house. We walked down through the garden, which is just above the waterfalls at the side of the path leading up the side of the wood just as you leave the Ardvorlich house. It's quite spectacular in there and is worth a visit.
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
February 20, 2010
Ben Vorlich is straightforward in the current snow conditions, the ascent of the buttress at Stuc a' Chroin however, is a bit of a challenge with deep snow between the boulders. I did it today (20th Feb 2010) and the snow is quite layered and loose near the top so it my be a good idea to check the avalanche forecast before you commit to do it.
Scott and Jackie Turnbull
wrote on
November 26, 2009
good path (and I am a path kinda person ...... jackie) steep in parts but easy underfoot. Good walk, good day and good pint at the waverley pub in callendar after!
Fiona Thomson
wrote on
September 15, 2009
Took my sis up Ben Vorlich 12.09.09 and for a change had glorious weather and great views. Took the route up Stuc A Chroin 1st, just for a change. Came back dry, a little muddy and sun tanned. Couldn't have hoped for a better day after the trauma that hill has caused and had great views. Last time came off Ben Vorlich headed for Stuc A Chroin and veered to the right instead of the left. Any one lost in the fog ever, keep to the fence posts and follow them until the beallach and follow path to Stuc A Chroin or back down the glen. Safest and best route.

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