that leads to Stuc a’ Chroin can be quite boggy and slippery, so take care. If in any doubt, continue on the path. conditions (, A good path ascends the north ridge of Ben Vorlich. At the bealach you’ll see a small path dropping to your left into Coire Fhuadaraich. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. at the bealach, you have two options to ascend Stuc a’ Chroin: a) follow the path You can’t see much in ones I did take anyway! the text above the map for more information. The day before this trip I’d made a very enjoyable climb of Beinn Sgulaird in glorious Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 3,700 ft Route type Loop The Route (from Ardvorlich) This is a circular of Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin, 9 miles. of Ben Vorlich from Ardvorlich on the south bank of Loch Earn. Once you’ve crossed this ridge the still more steeply onto the north ridge of Ben Vorlich. What is more, the rewards come in the breathtaking views from on high. As good as the descent via the SE ridge of Stuc a'Chroin is, the ridge that connects the Stuc to Beinn Each is one of the best kept secrets of the lowland hills, and the good path (not on the map) provides excellent running (part of the Stuc a'Chroin hill race). Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin Limited parking is available at the end of the Bracklinn Falls road that leaves Callander by the golf course (NN 636 107). Smartphone or iOS user? The grassy ridge, while tussocky at times, allows for good progress to be made (although not as fast as the SE ridge of the Stuc). Perhaps proclaiming the first day of summer wasn’t Return to the the two peaks. such a good idea. An ascent is possible from Strathyre But what Vortich lacks in distance it makes up for in rocky steepness. The south-west ridge of the two drops down to the Bealach an Dubh Choirein. See For most visitors, this summit will be enough; they should return the same way. Time - 2.5hrs to Ben Vorlich / 1.25hrs to Stuc a’ Chroin / 2hrs down. I opted for b. Ben Vorlich is the higher of the two, but the ascent from Ardvorlich on Loch Earn to the north is a shorter route than that to Stuc a‘ Chroin from the high ground above Callander to the south. that leads to Stuc a’ Chroin can be quite boggy and slippery, so take care. For an easier day, you can summit the wonderful Ben Vorlich and return via the same path. But what Vortich lacks in distance it makes up for in rocky steepness. ——————————————————— This image was taken whilst walking along the Bracklinn Falls loop not far from the Scouts Pool. To the West sits Loch Lubnaig and Loch Voil with Loch Earn to the North and Forest of Glenartney to the east. Surprisingly, approach from the nearer south or east sides gives you a long, boggy and unexpectedly remote ridge circuit; but the shorter, easier route from Loch Earn in the north is by far the more popular way. The route down to the bealach Ben Vorlich is ascended without any difficulties, however Stuc a'Chroin may require some scrambling if connecting with Ben Vorlich via Bealach an Dubh Choirein. Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin are neighbours and are among the first Munros to be seen by visitors heading N as they can be seen from the A9 S of Stirling. These two mountains have almost parallel SE ridges and they are connected by Bealach an Dubh Choirein. Ben Vorlich & Stuc a Chroin Although I've been up Ben Vorlich many times over the years, I haven't gone on to the enjoyable scramble up Stuc a Chroin since July 1996! path. The path provides good running, though there are a few boggy sections that persist even through the driest spells. To reach the Ben Vorlich at Loch Earn, follow the A84 from Callander. As you walk up beside the burn, notice the very old watermill on the far bank. The normal routes of ascent is over the summit of Ben Vorlich and down its south west ridge to the Bealach an Dubh Choirein. zig-zagging up the hill; or b) move to the left (towards the south) onto steeper This bealach separates Ben Vorlich from Stuc a'Chroin. Once This route heads in along good tracks and paths from Loch Earn to the north and can easily be extended to include the quieter Corbett peaks of Beinn Each and Meall nan Fearna. Take your pick! As the the north-west end drops down from its level top, two further ridges branch off. From Beinn Each summit, head down the SE ridge and follow it to its end (NN 629 139). There is one on the Western side of Loch Lomond and the one that we did on the Southern side of Loch Earn. take care if you do the same. Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin are in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. As you are negotiating the initial peat hags, aim for some scattered boulders slightly higher up. lines. where is eventual meets the path used on ascent in Glen Vorlich. While the usual way up is from Loch Earn to the north, a southern approach is, in my view, much to be preferred -- not only it takes one away from the crowds into a more remote feeling country, frequented mostly only by deer and birds of prey, but there is some exceptionally good running to be had on the south side of these hills. Comrie Croft Eco Hostel & Camping: Ben Vorlich and Stuc A' Chroin Hillwalks - See 426 traveler reviews, 329 candid photos, and great deals for Comrie Croft Eco … you’ll see the way very easily. of this trip. muddy path descends into Coire Buidhe in a northerly direction, where you’ll eventually Click to see the images from my trip. It’s in this area where the Highlands meet the lowlands and their relative accessibility While slightly lower, Stuc can be a difficult peak with scrambling and a significantly rockier nature. to the west of Stuc a’ Chroin but the most common route is to ascend the north ridge It’s quite rocky near the top and It’s in this area where the Highlands meet the lowlands and their relative accessibility makes them popular Munros. Cold. road by following the reverse of step one. La … Horrible! You’ll pass Loch Lubnaig, through Strathyre then past the Balquidder signs. Ben Vorlich & Stùc a' Chroin is a 8.3 mile loop trail located near Lochearnhead, Stirling, Scotland that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Stùc a' Chroin is most often climbed in conjunction with Ben Vorlich from Ardvorlich on Loch Earnside to the north. I remember that day clearly, as only a few days later I drove down to Stranraer to get the ferry over the Irish Sea to get married! Balquhidder Glen, Ben More and Stobinnian are seen to the north west. At the end of the ridge, descend the steep grassy slope, heading somewhat E of the shielings; take extra care on the steep slope, avoiding a couple of rocky escarpments not shown on the map; the lower section of the slope is covered in bracken. The route down to the bealach Ben Vorlich (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Mhùrlaig) is a mountain located in the southern part of the Highlands of Scotland. Descend toward the bealach at NN62164, on the right. The Cobbler (Ben Arthur), Arrochar - Tuesday 2nd Feb 2012. 18339. From there take the track by Braeleny farm all the way to the stream that flows down Gleann Breac-nic, and cross this on a bridge, then follow the other bank right (E) a few meters to the stream that comes from the reservoir above, and cross this (wet feet, except after sustained dry spells; the bridge still marked on OS maps has been swept away over a decade ago). at the bealach, you have two options to ascend Stuc a’ Chroin: a) follow the path Among Scottish hills, Ben A'an is one of the leading contenders for the least-effort big-views prize (only closely beaten…, In terms of scenery, the Tarmachan ridge is right out there with Scotland's other iconic ridges, such as the…. A hegy csúcsán át húzódik Perth és Kinross és Stirling megye határa, ugyanakkor a Loch Lomond és Trossachs Nemzeti Park területén található. The going is fairly wet in places and some of the to two cairns on the peak (again the real summit is the one on the right). Ben Vorlich (hill of the bay) is one of two Munros in Scotland by the same name. Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) is: A moderate fall of snow, heaviest on Fri nightTemperatures will be below freezing (max 0°C on Fri night, min -4°C on Sun night)Winds increasing (moderate winds from the SSW on Fri afternoon, gales from the WNW by Sat afternoon). Ben Vorlich est un chemin relativement simple. This muddy route drops into Coire Fhuadaraich before turning right From there a faint but improving path follows the ridge all the way to the summit. Descend this, which soon turns to the rights and becomes very muddy where it contours The two peaks are separated by a bealach at over 700m Flickr photos, groups, and tags related to the "chroin" Flickr tag. this time accompanied by Stuart (@therugbyfoodie), Geo (@geos_munro_bagging_adventures) and Ailsa (@ailsawylie), was an effort to say the least. The two peaks are separated by a bealach at over 700m so you can easily bag them both in one outing. From Ben Vorlich, descend into Bealach an Dubh Choirein following the walkers path (running water can usually be found just under the steep descent), and cross the bealach to below the NE buttress of Stuc a'Chroin. Hiking info, trail maps, and 8 trip reports from Stuc a'Chroin (975 m) in the Grampian Mountains of United Kingdom summit ridge to the peak (marked by two cairns and it’s the one on the right). seems to get ever steeper but you’ll be by the summit trig point soon enough. Weather - Overcast. The rocky butress rises from the Bealach an Dubh Choirein, which connects to the mountain Ben Vorlich, to a cairned summit north of the true summit. 7 - This path will take you back across the footbridge over the burn. Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin are in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. E THE FULL IMAGE. 1 - Park on the roadside at Ardvorlich and enter the estate on the track running Stùc a 'Chroin est le plus souvent escaladé en collaboration avec Ben Vorlich d'Ardvorlich sur le Loch Earnside au nord. A stalkers path (see map) leads from the W side of the Arivurichardich bothy; follow it all the way to the bealach just W of Meall na h-lolaire. around the northwest ridge of Ben Vorlich. The summit of Stuc a' Chroin sits at the NW end of a 4km ridge which terminates at Meall Odhar (646m) from where a path leads down to Arivurichardich steading. conditions (see here for report). The day before this trip I’d made a very enjoyable climb of Beinn Sgulaird in glorious This is probably one of the most impressive views of Ben Vorlich. Pretty much coming down to the usual situation of us… On any clear day, the view out of the kitchen window is of Stuc a' Chroin, its rugged profile beckoning. You’ll probably emerge on the Cross the stream at the the bottom of Gleannan an Dubh Choirein around NN 644 166, and head up the SSE ridge of Ben Vorlich. Take the track back to the start. grass is quite slippery in the wet so take care. 5 - If you’ve opted to move to the left for the scrambling you’ll find a choice of To the north east the second peak of Stuc a Chroin and its difficult 'broken shoulder' looms over the 'Bealach an Dubh Choirein' and faces Ben Vorlich. Stage 5 Experienced Munro-baggers may want to include Stuc a'Chroin. Head south until you reach A good path ascends the north ridge of Ben Vorlich. The translation of Stuc a'Chroin (pronounced: stook a kroin) from Gaelic is Peak of Danger. Ben Vorlich from upper Glen Vorlich. Ben Our can be seen directly to the north. Repeating Ben Vorlich to bag Stuc A Chroin. Your best starting position for an ascent of Ben Vorlich is by way of the hill path at the rear of Ardvorlich house in Ardvorlich. You could then descend by route of ascent but that would mean re-climbing Ben Vorlich. Around 1km after the bridge the path forks, take the option I didn’t see an awful lot given the poor weather so I don’t have too many pictures I have another image taken a little bit before this one was taken with the lens opened wider. the summit ridge or move to the left to find some more interesting scrambling. Wet. This probably comes from its steep north-east face with its rocky butress giving the peak its great character. Alongside Ben Lomond, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin are perhaps the two Munros easiest accessible from the central belt, which makes them very popular. makes them popular Munros. summit ridge somewhere between the north top and the peak. The position of Ben Vorlich on the southern edge of the Highlands - combined with the steepness of the slopes falling away from the summit - ensures it a superb viewpoint for much of central Scotland. Windy. This trip felt very wintery. 2 - You’ll cross a footbridge over another burn and then the path will begin to climb I found a route that was not too challenging but some of the obvious path, straight up and over the north top (marked by a cairn) and along the rock was fairly slippery on what was a very wet day. Stuc a’Chroin sits approximately 10km North of Callander closely accompanied by its slightly higher neighbour Ben Vorlich. east of the burn. In summer meet the better path used to ascend Ben Vorlich. Ben Vorlich (Callander), Stuc a’ Chroin. Cross the burn on the bridge and continue on the track up the glen, This butress provides some fairly loose scrambling which is … 3 - To continue to Stuc a’ Chroin head west and then south from the summit. Stùc a' Chroin Stùc a' Chroin is a mountain located in the southern part of the Highlands of Scotland.It lies to the south of Ben Vorlich, which is itself bounded to the … Follow the access track to Arivurichardich. I had last been up at the Cobbler with the dogs about a month ago, then there was quite alot of snow on the higher areas. A Stùc a' Chroin északi oldala sokkal sziklásabb, és meredekebb, mint az északkeleti szomszédjáé, hagyományos módon mégis innen, a Ben Vorlich csúcsán keresztül közelítik meg. Ben Vorlich (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Mhùrlaig) is a mountain located in the southern part of the Highlands of Scotland.Due to its prominence when seen from the lower ground of the Central Belt, Ben Vorlich is one of the most commonly seen of Munros, Scotland's peaks of 3000ft height or above.It lies in an area of land bounded to the north by Loch Earn, and to the west by Loch Lubnaig. Stuc a'Chroin is a steep and rocky peak, involving a scramble when ascended (as is … of the moves wasn’t particularly tough but some of the rock was quite slippery so Ben Vorlich and its sister Stuc a’ Chroin come as a pair and a double Munro ascent is popular, summiting Stuc on the way down. To the left is Stùc a' chroin With Ben Vorlich to the right. Once off the steep ground, head for the access track following the Gleann Breac-nic stream (not on the map, part of the ongoing hydro scheme construction). zig-, You could then descend by route of ascent but that would mean re-. Ben Vorlich (left) and Stuc a' Chroin from Stob Binnein Once The route finding or technicality From the summit the SE ridge of Stuc a'Chroin provides first class running on a faint path, closing the loop back in the bealach below Meall na h-lolaire. If needed, running water can be found within fifty yards or so S of the path as it reaches a low point around NN 607 171 (there are no other good water sources beyond this point). Instead you can pick up a smaller path leading from the north of the bealach separating If in any doubt continue on the most Ben Vorlich & Stuc A' Chroin 16/06/2019 Well this was a boggy yet hilarious venture to say the least. Stùc a 'Chroin nécessite de l'escalade et la descente est raide, peu importe le chemin que vous prenez. I have climbed it 8 times over the years, always with its partner Ben Vorlich until last year when icy conditions deterred us from continuing over to Stuc a' Chroin as we guided a novice walker down from Ben Vorlich. Look to the south to see the Wallace Monument near Stirling, then west to spot Loch Venachar and Ben Venue, north to see Ben Ledi, as well as the Munros Stuc a’Chroin and Ben Vorlich, and east over the rolling Menteith Hills. The peak is obscured by the cloud. A short scramble leads up the buttress -- the scramble is easy, with only one slightly awkward step, but the ascent is quite exposed, and can be intimidating, especially if wet; it can be avoided altogether, following an alternative path that gains the NW ridge from the N corrie of the Stuc. On the east side of the hump back bridge walk up the driveway leading to Ardvorlich House, but turn left on the marked path just before the house. rock for some interesting scrambling. From the bealach descend NE into Gleannan an Dubh Choirein along the path -- the path virtually disappears in the bealach, but can be picked up again by locating the stream which it follows (see map), and runs well. Description Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorlich are neighbours with almost parallel SE ridges and they are connected by the Bealach an Dubh Choirein. Limited parking is available at the end of the Bracklinn Falls road that leaves Callander by the golf course (NN 636 107). 6 - The quickest route back is to head north to return to the bealach, via the main This is described here. which becomes a footpath. 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