Ben Vorlich (Lomond) via Loch Sloy

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The steep sides of Ben Vorlich and its location overlooking Loch Lomond make it the perfect viewpoint, but you have to earn the superb views. Starting from the Inveruglas Visitor Centre on the shore of Loch Lomond, a footpath leads to the gated service road for Loch Sloy hydro dam. This road provides an easy walk in before the climbing begins.

A small cairn marks the start of a very wet, eroded path that climbs unrelentingly to the ridgeline 550 metres above. The only saving grace during the climb is the views to Loch Sloy and the Arrochar Alps across the valley. Once on the ridge a clear path meanders through rocky outcrops to reach the trig point and summit cairn just beyond.

The views in all directions are amazing: Arrochar Alps to the west, Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond to the south-east and the Crianlarich Hills to the north-east. The return route is the reverse of the outward route.

Scotland - Central Scotland - Argyll and Bute - Loch Lomond

Features

Cafe, Gift Shop, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Munro, Public Transport, Toilets
22/05/2018 - Richard Hardy

The small cairn marking the start of the path has gone, but substantial work has been undertaken at the lower end of the path including the creation of pitched stone steps and consolidation of the path. The higher reaches of the path remain heavily eroded, in parts it is now a groove not a path, and the exit from the ascent path onto the summit plateau is very badly eroded and unconsolidated. Ascent is not hugely problematic but descent (especially after rain) must be made with great care.