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Ben A'an

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Climb the Trossachs' famous 'mountain in miniature'

Ben A'an's distinctive pointed summit is an iconic sight in the Trossachs landscape. Indeed, its name comes from the Gaelic for 'the small, pointed peak'.

There are panoramic views of Loch Achray from the car park at the foot of the mountain, while the views from the top encompass the nearby lochs and peaks and as far as the Arrochar Alps on the western shore of Loch Lomond.

Activities

Ben A'an hill path

Ben A'an may be a mountain in miniature but the path to the top is steep and strenuous. The summit is at 1,512 feet and it's a round trip of 4.5miles. With that in mind, it's an ideal first climb for budding hillwalkers. Find out more about the route at WalkHighlands.

Watch for wildlife

Keep your eyes and ears open as you explore the woods around Ben A’an. You might spot red and roe deer amongst the trees, or hear the chatter of a red squirrel in the canopy. You’ll probably hear the mewing call of a buzzard circling overhead or, if you’re very lucky, catch a glimpse of the much bigger golden eagle soaring above the peaks.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)

The nearest public toilets, shops and places to eat are at nearby Trossachs Pier, on the shore of Loch Katrine.

Car parking information

Payment options: coin, card or RingGo

The charges to park at Ben A'an are:

  • £2 for up to 1 hour
  • £5 for all day
  • £14 for minibus or coach all day 

We recommend you bring both coins and cards with you, just in case. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol. 

Annual parking pass available:

Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.

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Getting here

The car park for Ben A'an is on the A821 between Kilmahog and Aberfoyle, 300m east of the turning to Loch Katrine.

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FK17 8HY is the nearest postcode.

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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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Nearby forests

Looking towards Ben Venue over Achray forest

Walk to a low-level viewpoint or begin your high hill climb

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Distance from 'Ben A'an': 0.17 miles
View over Loch Katrine to snow capped hills beyond

The classic Victorian loch and landscape

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Cycling
Cycling
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Shop
Shop
Bike hire
Bike hire
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Ben A'an': 0.55 miles
Large turreted house situated within green trees on the banks of a still loch.

A winding road through magnificent Trossachs scenery

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Distance from 'Ben A'an': 1.35 miles