Best “wee mountain” in Scotland

Its  Sunday morning, stunning blue skies and cold temperatures forecast. You don’t want a full Scottish epic or 6am start but do want a leg stretch and a summit  so what do you do?

You head to Ben A’an !

Beautiful winter start to the walk from the car park at the base of the route

Ben A’n on the banks of Loch Achry (and close to the very beautiful Loch Venacher) in the Trossachs range is only a modest 454m high and can be done if moving at pace in under 2 hours (as I did recently)  but offers the perfect mini mountain adventure.

The middle section of the route. Note trees cleared but great views.

Why do I say this?

A) Its in the heart of The Trossachs so offers the approaches and drive in that is part of  the mountaineering “journey”.

B) it has steep sections to get the legs and hearts pumping, easy strolling sections to enjoy chatting and the views, bridges over babbling burns, a small seating areas half way upto take a drink and just enjoy the vista, a rocky steep summit approach that is more akin to something more grand…

and C) the views from it pointy summit are truly stunning – across to Ben Venue and behind it the mass of Ben Lomond, along the impressive water of Loch Katrine , to Ben Ledi at Callander and to Beinn Ime and behind you on a clear day to Ben More, with everything in between. … Its at this point I remind all readers I am hopeless still at identifying all but a few mountains from a distance but reviewing the map I’m pretty certain of these being right!

The paths a mix of easy rough trail, steps and a final steep rocky sections or easy summit path
Lovely steep and interesting path and rocky surroundings (watch the ice!)

The one downside and its somewhat minor in my opinion is that recently the forestry area was cleared as part of the ongoing and necessary cycle of management but while we lose a forest walk we gain views

Up and at em yesterday then, joined those others with the same idea and up we went, negotiating the icy steps, enjoying it immensely, having a bite to eat on the summit, taking pics and just “being there” and then back down for lunch.



For the full description to Ben A’an and for other maps and walks check out the brilliant 

5 responses to Best “wee mountain” in Scotland

  1. Just beautiful! Interestingly, we have a town called Ben Lomond here in California, so now I am going to have to look up its meaning. Those trails hardly look like trails at all! I am a relatively new lover of hiking, and after getting lost last year for several hours, I try to only go on new hikes with people who know the trails well. I was a little traumatized. I need to learn how to use a compass or something. 🙂

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    • coachmacca says:

      Cool – in Scots/Gaelic it means Beacon Mountains (Ben means Mountain), possibly as its the highest this far south so was maybe used as a beacon for military purposes back in clan times (i need to research it too!) . Tbh this trail is very easy , we have far more rugged ones across the country, its very different to the US trails system. Learning to navigate with map and compass is a great skill and can be great fun! 🙂 Happy Trails!

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      • Hey! I looked it up, and ours is named after yours! He’s also credited with naming the community of Bonny Doon, which is relatively nearby to Ben Lomond. How cool is that? Small world we live in. 🙂

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