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Ben Venue

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our Covid-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.

About

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

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.

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Creag Noran Viewpoint Trail

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.

Moderate trail grade icon
½ miles / 0.9 km

Allow
¼ hour

Activities

Ben Venue hillwalk

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.

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

The charges to park at Ben Venue are:

Payment options: Coin only

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus or coach all day 

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.

Further information about parking

Getting here

The car park for Ben Venue is on the A821 between Kilmahog and Aberfoyle, 200m South of the turning to Loch Katrine.

Using SatNav?

FK17 8HZ is the nearest postcode.

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Nearby forests

Looking up the forested slopes to Ben A'an

Climb the Trossachs' famous 'mountain in miniature'

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Distance from 'Ben Venue': 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 Venue': 0.48 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
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Ben Venue': 1.26 miles

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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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