Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)

There are two Ben Vorlichs, one at Loch Earn (this one) and one at Loch Lomond. Often climbed with neighbouring Stuc a’ Chroin, we unfortunately had to omit the latter due to rather bad weather – one for another day.

The route up Ben Vorlich itself is straightforward, if slightly relentless in the ascent, with a decent path leading to the top.

The track towards Ben Vorlich, visible in the distance.
The track towards Ben Vorlich, visible in the distance.

It is a long walk from the southern shore of Loch Earn to reach the Munro. In the distance we could see the slopes of Vorlich, washed in beautiful sunshine against a mostly cloud-free sky. As is the way, the thickened just in time to ensure we didn’t get a view from the summit.

Until the cloud set in however, we had a very scenic walk with the colours of early Autumn creating an almost impressionist-like landscape with the deep greens of the pine forests contrasting with the yellows and pale oranges of the grass and bracken

Looking down back down path as we walk up to the summit.
Looking down back down path as we walk up to the summit.

As we approached the main ascent, the path became considerably steeper and the view considerably lesser. It did become something of a slog to reach the summit, with loose stones and gravel underfoot forcing a slightly slower pace. It also became rather darker, as thick cloud limited the penetration of sunlight on what was actually a very nice day.

The summit of Ben Vorlich.
The summit of Ben Vorlich.

We reached the summit and attempted to see Stuc a’ Chroin, looking vaguely in the right direction or what our compass suggested was the right direction. There is no photo of this momentous moment so I have created a helpful illustration below.

Looking towards Stuc a' Chroin.
Looking towards Stuc a’ Chroin.

Decided not to navigate to a Munro we simply couldn’t see, we headed back to Dundee to make pizza, or in my case watch the making of pizza while drinking wine. Descending by the same path, the route was easily enough followed; and through the cloud we were lucky to see a faint rainbow in the distance.

Heading back to the car, a rainbow emerged through the clouds.
Heading back to the car, a rainbow emerged through the clouds.

Stuc a’ Chroin, I’ll be back for you.

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