South of Loch Earn - Ben Vorlich, Stuc a'Chroin & neighbours


Ben Vorlich (985m, Munro 165)
Stuc a'Chroin (975m, Munro 180)


Beinn Each* (813m)
Meall na Fearna* (809m)
  *see 'Alternative routes' below


1190m (3900ft)


14km (9m)


walking : 5:30hr*, running : 1:50hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Main route summary

Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin are prominant landmarks, seen rising above the Braes O'Doune windfarm when viewed from the south. The routes described here head in along good tracks and paths from Loch Earn to the north and from Loch Lubnaig to the south. Ben Vorlich is ascended without any difficulties, however Stuc a'Chroin may require some scrambling if connecting with Ben Vorlich via Bealach an Dubh Choirein.

The main routes can easily be extended to include the quieter Corbett peaks of Beinn Each and Meall nan Fearna.

start/finish Ardvorlich
(grid ref : NN633232)

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easy Paths on mainly grassy ground, boulder fields up Stuc a'Chroin difficult
easy Straightforward testing
stroll Fairly easy, some scrambling up Stuc a'Chroin long day
ok Fine views from both summits stunning
meanings Ben Vorlich :
  'hill of the bay'
Stuc a'Chroin :
  'peak of the sheepfold'
Beinn Each :
  'horse hill'
Meall na Fearna :
  'alder hill'
main route outlineprint route
Getting there
  • On the A84, just south of the village of Lochearnhead, a minor road heads east along the southern shores of Loch Earn.
  • Drive along this for just over 4km to where the road comes close to the banks of the loch and park on the verge under the trees.
  • On summer weekends and particularly in the fishing season, it may be difficult to find a space, in which case there are more opportunities beyond the bridge over Ardvorlich Burn.

Ben Vorlich
  • From Loch Earn's shore, head along the road and over the bridge across Ardvorlich Burn.
  • Turn up the drive through the trees, past some buildings until you see grand Ardvorlich House. A sign points the way up to Ben Vorlich.
  • Head up the track for 2km and cross the burn coming down Coire Buidhe - this is a fine place to stop at the end of the day and cool off tired feet in the clear water.
  • From the bridge, a well maintained path continues to the lower slopes of Ben Vorlich.
  • At around c550m the path takes a sharp turn left uphill, notice directly ahead there is another fainter path contouring around the hill - this is the return route from Stuc a'Chroin.
  • The path continuing uphill to Ben Vorlich is not maintained, but is well-worn and obvious to follow.
  • Continue up it to the summit, zig-zagging through loose scree higher up. Great views are to be had from the trig-point, with the Lawers and Crianlarich peaks well displayed.

Stuc a'Chroin
  • A line of fence-posts and path run westwards from the crest of Ben Vorlich. From the trig-point follow these to drop down to Bealach an Dubh Choirein.
  • The path crosses the bealach then ends up at the foot of the northern face of Stuc a'Chroin.
  • Ahead is an easy scramble over boulders and loose ground with occasional stretches of path to follow. Climb up this and reach the cairn on the minor northern top.
  • If you can't face the scramble, then from Bealach an Dubh Choirein pick up a path heading west-south-west, initially dropping slightly and cross some grassy ground to reach the start of a steep but hazard-free incline. Climb up this and reach the crest of the north-west shoulder at around c850m, then turn left (south-east) and attain the cairn on the minor northern top.
  • A memorial plaque is embedded in the cairn.
  • From the cairn, follow the line of fence-posts south to the main summit and its two cairns.

  • Follow the fence-posts back along the crest to the dip before the rise to the cairn on the minor northern top.
  • Turn left (north-west-north), cross some boulders and grass to a bealach on Stuc a'Chroin's north-west shoulder.
  • A small cairn marks the descent to Bealach an Dubh Choirein (described in reverse in the previous paragraph), which is loose, but straightforward on an obvious path.
  • Below on grassy ground, follow the path which keeps to the north-west and slightly below the bealach. The path gradually turns north as it contours around Ben Vorlich and reaches the flat wide col above Coire Buidhe.
  • Keep on the path into the coire and follow it until it eventually rejoins the main path (as described earlier), which is then followed back to Loch Earn.

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