Ben Vane

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Ben Vane
Ben Vane from Hydro road.jpg
Ben Vane from by Inveruglas Water
Range: Arrochar Alps
Summit: 3,004 feet NN277098
56°14’58"N, 4°46’57"W
Lochs Arklet and Katrine beyond Loch Lomond from the summit of Ben Vane

Ben Vane is a mountain in Dunbartonshire, which reaches a height of 3,004 feet at its summit, and so narrowly qualifies as a Munro. It is one of the Arrochar Alps and stands slightly separate from the other mountains of the group, connected on its western side to the neighbouring Beinn Ìme by a low col at 1,614 feet.

The name 'Ben Vane' is from the Gaelic Beinn Mheadhain, meaning "Middle Mountain".

The underlying geology here almost entirely comprises the Beinn Bheula Schist Formation - Psammite and Pelite with a Siluro-Devonian Dyke prominent round the northern and eastern face.[1]

Ben Vane's summit stands at 3,004 feet and is characterised by steep and rugged slopes which fall away to the Inveruglas Water to the east and the Allt Coiregroigan to the south. To the north, the descent is more undulating going over the subsidiary top of Beinn Dubh before falling to the valley at the north end of Loch Sloy. Dense forestry cloak the mountain on its lower southern slope in Allt Coiregroigan.

Also on these southern slopes by the Allt Coiregroigan is a disused quarry which provided crushed stone used for the construction of the Loch Sloy dam in the late 1940s. The dam wall lies a mile or so to the north of the quarry and a conveyor belt was constructed to carry the crushed stone over the lower slopes of Ben Vane to the batching plant beside the dam.[2]


The direct route up the mountain starts from the car park at grid reference NN322098 opposite the Loch Sloy power station on the banks of Loch Lomond and follows the private tarmac road by the Inveruglas Water up to the Loch Sloy hydroelectric dam for a mile and a half before striking steeply up the mountain's eastern ridge. Initially there is some boggy ground and some crags to avoid higher up but the top is easily reached after a few false summits on the way. Ben Vane can also be climbed in conjunction with some of the other Arrochar Alps especially Beinn Ìme and Beinn Narnain.[3]

The summit of the mountain is a small plateau crowned by a cairn. The highlights of the view from the top of Ben Vane are Ben Vorlich and Loch Sloy to the north-east and the rest of the Arrochar Alps to the south-west, A' Chrois looks especially fine across the deep glen of Allt Coiregrogain. The vista to Lochs Arklet and Katrine to the east is very good.


  1. [1] Geology of Britain Viewer
  2. "The Dam Builders, Power from the Glens", James Miller, ISBN 1-84158-225-5 Page 37 Gives details of disused quarry to supply stone to Loch Sloy.
  3. "The Munros, SMC Hillwalkers Guide" Donald Bennett et al., ISBN 0-907521-13-4 Gives details of ascents.

Munros in SMC Area SMC Section 1 - Loch Lomond to Loch Tay

An CaistealBeinn a' ChleibhBeinn a' ChroinBeinn BhuidheBeinn ChabhairBeinn DubhchraigBeinn ÌmeBeinn NarnainBeinn TulaicheanBen ChonzieBen LomondBen LuiBen MoreBen OssBen VaneBen Vorlich, Dunb.Ben Vorlich, Perth.Cruach ArdrainStob BinneinStuc a' Chroin