Ben Vorlich lies close to the Highland boundary and gives excellent views into the Lowlands.
Ben Vorlich lies on the shores of Loch Earn close to the Highland boundary, the dividing line between the central Highlands and the Lowlands.
This steep sided, shapely hill of 3,232 ft (985 m) offers excellent views into the Lowlands and to the north and west. The mountain name derives from the Gaelic Mur-Bhalg which means `sea-bay` and describes the small bays in the loch beneath.
Near Ardvorlich House, at the foot of the hill, look out for a small gravestone at the roadside, this is where the bodies of seven MacDonalds of Glencoe were interred. These victims were killed by the people of Ardvorlich in retaliation for an earlier bloody raid by the MacDonald clan. The grave was rediscovered in the 19th century and a stone was erected to commemorate the ghastly event. A reminder that life was not always peaceful on the shores of Loch Earn.
Stuc a Chroin (peak of danger) is another high mountain, connected to Ben Vorlich by a deep bealach or col. Ascent of this peak is steep and much of the ground is rocky and broken - definitely not for the inexperienced. Those that make it to the summit, on a clear day, will be rewarded with views south to Stirling Castle and even Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh.
Getting there by railway:- The nearest rail stations are at Perth, Gleneagles and Crianlarich. Bus or car hire from there to Ben Vorlich. Full details from Crieff Tourist Information Centre.
Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow airport follow the M9 to Bridge of Allan, then take the A84 northwest to Callander and Lochearnhead. Turn off down the south Loch Earn road (unclassified) to reach Ardvorlich and the walk start point. From Edinburgh Airport follow the M90 to Perth, then take the A85 west to Crieff and onto Loch Earn. Turn off down the south Loch Earn road (unclassified) to reach Ardvorlich and the walk start point.
Getting there by ferry:- From the port of Rosyth head north to Perth, then take the A85 west to Crieff and onto Loch Earn. Just before the village of St Fillans turn off down the south Loch Earn road (unclassified) to reach Ardvorlich and the walk start point.
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