There are delightful glimpses of Loch Achray between the trees at the car park where the winding hill route to Ben Venue begins. A trip to the craggy summit is hard work but rewarding for the spectacular Trossachs views. If the high hills aren't for you, you can choose the short Creag Noran trail instead to get a taste of this much-loved landscape.
Sir Walter Scott immortalised Ben Venue in his famous poem, The Lady of the Lake, describing its craggy slopes as ‘fragments of an earlier world’. Its history is indeed written in the landscape – to the north of the summit, near the shore of Loch Katrine, is Bealach nam Bò, the Pass of the Cattle. This is where Highland cattle thieves once drove their stolen herds across the hills.
Take a walk through the heather above Loch Achray to get a flavour of the stunning Trossachs landscape without having to climb its mountains.
Uneven gravel path with some rough rocky sections and muddy patches. Long slopes with some steep sections.
Allow ¼ hour
Ben Venue may mean 'small mountain' in Gaelic but be prepared for its steep, rugged slopes! On a clear day there are panoramic views from the twin summits. You'll have a bird's eye view over Loch Katrine and the nearby peaks of Ben A'an, Ben More and Ben Lomond, and beyond Loch Lomond to the Arrochar Alps. You may also glimpse the Firth of Forth, the Clyde, the Isle of Arran and the Paps of Jura.
Ben Venue's summit is at 2,386 feet and it's a round trip of 8½ miles. The route to the summit is a serious undertaking and suitable for fit and experienced walkers. Find our more about the route at WalkHighlands.
The nearest public toilets, shops and places to eat are at nearby Trossachs Pier, on the shore of Loch Katrine.
Parking charges can be paid in coins only.
You can also purchase season passes for Ben A'an car park. Contact our Aberfoyle office for details.
The car park for Ben A'an is on the A821 between Kilmahog and Aberfoyle, 200m south of the turning to Loch Katrine.
FK17 8HZ is the nearest postcode.
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