Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Summary for Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin is a route in “The Loch Earn” region / range which is located in the Loch Lomond to Loch Tay area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a mainly circular route but there are parts where you need to retrace your footsteps

Sunrise 5:45 am
Sunset 8:43 pm
14 hours 57 minutes(s) daylight
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13 km/ 8.08 miles1170 m/ 3838.58 ft6 hours +
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Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin situated in the southern highlands offers a good challenging climb up of a couple of well recognised munros. The approach of this route from Ardvorlich is the sortest heading up a good path which is steep and rocky in places up the northern ridge of Ben Vorlich onto the summit point. From here descend it's south-western ridge onto Bealach an Dubh Choirein which is simplified by following a fence (useful in bad visibility) then along the ridge climbing until you reach Stuc a' Chroin's north-eastern face which needs to be scrambled up or can be avoided. Once at the top a cairn is reached and the summit point is 1/2km to the south along some fence posts.

To descend, back to Bealach an Dubh Choirein and avoid the summit of Ben Vorlich droping back to rejoin the path and then follow back the same approach route.

Ben Vorlich offers a steep climb with its huge corrie and scree slops prominent features as you ascend and Stuc a Chroin offering a full scramble up to the summit ridge.

Route points for Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NN63262320208° SSW0.29 (0.29)Start from Ardvorich on the south side of Loch Earn
NN63112295185° S0.08 (0.37)Follow the path at the east gates of Ardvorich House south up Glen Vorlich
NN62962180189° S0.51 (0.88)Path splits, take the right hand way
NN62862004181° S0.58 (1.46)This is a steep section of the hill
NN62861940199° SSW0.35 (1.81)Pass a cairn and contour round onto the summit of Ben Vorlich
NN62821891244° WSW0.57 (2.38)The summit Ben Vorlich [Loch Earn] - 985 ( metres)
NN62181850197° SSW0.12 (2.5)bearing to a south westerly direction drop onto Bealach an Dubh Corrien
NN62141839220° SW0.1 (2.6)Head along wide ridge
NN61901806231° SW0.23 (2.83)Ascend by scramling directly up the buttress / This can be avoided
NN61711792188° S0.54 (3.37)Continue along ridge over to the summit and return back to Bealach an Dubh Corrien
NN61611739N0.54 (3.91)The summit Stuc a'Chroin - 975 ( metres)
NN62071831N0.17 (4.08)From Bealach an Dubh Choirein travere north across grassy hillside
NN6203192717° NNE1.18 (5.26)Descend into Coire Buidhe on the east side to rejoin the path
NN62862131N0.51 (5.77)Rejoin the path and follow back down to Ardvorich
Munros covered on Ben Vorlich & Stuc a' Chroin
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
165 985 Ben Vorlich [Loch Earn] Hill of the bay Ben Vorlich
182 975 Stuc a'Chroin Peak of the sheepfold Stook a Kroin