Climbing Ben Vorlich (by Loch Lomond)

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Ben Vorlich is one of the hills known as the Arrochar Alps, to the north-west of Loch Lomond. I climbed it in September 2008, luckily choosing a good day, despite the more general rain throughout Autumn 2008.

The starting point was at the car-park in Inveruglas,on the A82. From there, we walked about half a mile south along the A82, past the hydro-power station, then turned right up the private road at NN318092. The road passes under the railway-line, then carries on into the hills for about a mile and a half, climbing fairly gradually in the direction of the dam at Loch Sloy. I'd recently bought a new digital SLR (a Canon EOS350D) so was keen to try it out.

Dam at the foot of Loch Sloy

About half a mile before the dam, there's a small cairn on the left hand side of the road which marks the start of a steep climb up the side of the hill, following a slight path up towards the ridge. There were good views towards Beinn Narnain as we climbed.

View towards Beinn Narnain

The route we were following said to carry on right up to the ridge at NN 302112, but in fact the path lead off to the right, well before reaching the ridge. Rather than follow my GPS, I decided it was better to follow the path. On getting closer to the top the climb evens out, and follows the ridge towards the summit for about a mile.

View along the ridge towards the summit

The summit is fairly flat, and there are two high points, one at 941m where the triangulation point is, and another at 943m a few hundred metres further which is marked by a cairn. Just next to the cairn is a large flat slab where we sat down for a short picnic and enjoyed the views.

View from the summit of Ben Vorlich

On the way back down we had very good views south over Loch Lomond and towards Ben Lomond.

View towards Ben Lomond


View south over Loch Lomond



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