Ben A’an

Trail (UK) - - Trossachs -

NN509070 Cross 1 the A821 to a track op­po­site. Where it bends left, keep ahead up a well made path. This takes you up steeply, to a foot­bridge over Allt In­neir, then less steeply un­til it lev­els off in a clear-felled area, with Ben A'an pre­tend­ing to be the Mat­ter­horn ahead. This for­mer plan­ta­tion will now re­gen­er­ate nat­u­rally, even­tu­ally re­triev­ing the proper Trossachs oak­wood and pine de­scribed by Sir Wal­ter Scott.

NN508075 The path 2 crosses a for­est track, then en­ters birch­woods, with some boul­ders to rest on pro­vided the moun­tain bik­ers aren't us­ing them for leaps and wheel­ies (as they were on my last visit). The path steep­ens, be­com­ing quite rocky to the right of a small stream. Where the path di­vides and fades, it will be found again just to the left of the stream. It runs up be­low craggy knolls – short cuts up left here are scram­bling op­por­tu­ni­ties. The path it­self runs west of north to a small saddle, where it turns back left to the rocky top of Ben A'an.

NN502081 The views 3 along Loch Katrine and across to Ben Venue are ones to linger over – you'll need the panorama op­tion on your phone. Re­turn north to the small saddle where the main path turns down to the right. There, turn down to the left, on a small faint path (marked on Har­vey maps) into a wide gorge. It has some boggy bits and heath­ery ones as well.

NN499084 When 4 you meet a fence with a stile, don't cross it, but head down on the left of the fence. Soon you en­ter oak­woods (with com­mer­cial plan­ta­tions on the right be­hind the fence). The path is rough and small, but beau­ti­ful. Even­tu­ally it dumps you onto the tar­mac lane along­side Loch Katrine.

NN491080 Turn left, 5 to pass along a craggy sec­tion where the path was for­merly sus­pended from heather ropes above the wa­ter, to ar­rive at the ferry pier with its handy café. Pass through the car park onto the ac­cess road. Af­ter 500m, turn right into a tar­mac lane, but at once turn left through an in­for­mal park­ing area to a

duck­board path through the woods. Where the path di­vides, a sign­post 'to car park' could be in­di­cat­ing ei­ther, as they both lead there. This is the car park for Ben Venue. Turn left along the road for 200m, then turn right for 280m to Ben A'an car park where the walk started.

Ben A'an awaits at the top of this path.

Loch Katrine, and Ben Venue.

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