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Ben Venue

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COVID-19 update

Some FLS visitor centres are offering a reduced service, with walking and mountain bike trails remaining open, as are most toilets and car parks. Please check below for local updates on any closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

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


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

¼ hour


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 & access

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 charges

Parking charges can be paid in coins only.

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

You can also purchase season passes for Ben A'an car park. Contact our Aberfoyle office for details.

  • £40 for cars
  • £100 for mini bus/coach

Getting here

The car park for Ben A'an is on the A821 between Kilmahog and Aberfoyle, 200m south of the turning to Loch Katrine.

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FK17 8HZ is the nearest postcode.

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