Ben Vorlich, Perthshire

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Ben Vorlich
Perthshire
Ben vorlich lochearn.jpg
Ben Vorlich from Meall na Feàrna
Range: Crieff and Loch Earn Hills
Summit: 3,232 feet NN629189
56°20’33"N, 4°13’11"W

Ben Vorlich is a mountain in Perthshire, which reaches a height of 3,232 feet at its summit, and so qualifies as a Munro. Its name is from the Gaelic Beinn Mhùrlaig, which means "Hill of the Bay". Another Ben Vorlich stands not so far away to the west in Dunbartonshire.

Due to its prominence when seen from the lower ground of the Central Lowlands, Ben Vorlich is one of the most commonly seen of Munros, the Highland peaks of 3,000 feet height and more. It lies in an area of land bounded to the north by Loch Earn, and to the west by Loch Lubnaig. The town of Callander lies to the south.

Ascents

Ben Vorlich is most frequently climbed from Ardvorlich to the north. A path leads up Glen Vorlich, and then heads for the mountain's northern ridge. The summit lies 2½ miles from Ardvorlich. Many walkers then continue on to the neighbouring hill, Stùc a' Chroin, by way of Ben Vorlich's south-west ridge. Return to Ardvorlich can be made without re-ascending Ben Vorlich, as a path leads from the bealach ('pass') between the two hills round Ben Vorlich's north-western slope to meet the main ascent path.

Other possible routes from the southern side allow one to ascend Ben Vorlich by way of its south-eastern ridge. This can be accessed either from Glen Artney to the south-east or Callander to the south.

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References

Stùc a' Chroin and Ben Vorlich from Newburgh, Fife