Hillwalking in The Trossachs - Walks and Routes in Scotland

Trossachs Walks and Hillwalking in Scotland. Walks & Hiking Routes

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A Trossachs Guide to Walks and Hillwalking in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park

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Walking & hillwalking in the Trossachs National Park is the best way of seeing this beautiful area on your walking holiday. The Trossachs area is near Glasgow and Edinburgh by car and is a great place to start Hillwalking in the southern highlands. Mountains, lochs, forests, old railway lines, rocky mountain passes, drove roads, there is something for everybody on hill walking holidays in Scotland. The beautiful scenery created by the Highland Boundary Fault makes hill walking around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs so unforgettable. Views over forests, highland lochs, hills and rivers make walking here an experience never to be forgotten. Scottish mountains over 3000ft are "Munros" whilst those between 2500ft and 3000ft are called Corbetts. A Graham is over 2,000ft but less than 2500 ft. Walk in good company with Callander Ramblers.

Loch Lomond & Trossachs - Index of walks in and around the Trossachs. . . . . . Callander Geodiversity Trail (PDF download)

Requiring average fitness. No steep or very rough terrain. Footpaths / forest track.
Longer walks for fairly fit walkers. Strong footwear recommended.
Serious hillwalks for fit competent walkers. Boots & appropriate clothing essential.
Mountain Safety
Think before going
The Walk in the Park project - Health Walks in the Callander area.  A series of short, safe local walk led by trained volunteers.  Walkers have varying levels of fitness and share a love of outdoor exercise.  Walks last 45 minutes to one hour.  We would like to encourage more people to join with us. Get more information here

The descriptions below are purely from my own experience and it is the responsibility of the walker to ensure he/she is competent to undertake these walks and to research routes / hazards / weather conditions to his/her own satisfaction.

A ) Very easy, for occasional walkers. Level roads or tracks.

Callander area

Callander Geodiversity Trail (PDF download)
Two bridges very short Callander town walk
Riverside short walk from Callander
Callander meadows about 3 miles flat track / pavement
Lower Crags - easy walking in woodland at Callander, hiking your way round the foot of the Crags
Coilhallan Woods - A fairly gentle stroll in mature forest and cleared plantation - views to Ben Ledi
Auchenlaich and Bracklinn - a fairly gentle but interesting 4 miles

Download a printable list of walking routes around Callander
Outer sheet. . . Inner sheet )

Trossachs walking area
Glenfinglas Dam - a short stroll to a spectacular view
The waterfall Trail - a 20 min mile walk at the David Marshall Centre at Aberfoyle. Map at centre.
Loch Katrine Dam walk. An easy but interesting walk in woodlands by the Achray water .

Killin area
Loch Tay shore walk (Killin) about 2 miles grassland
Glen Lochay (Killin) about 5 miles tarmac gentle slopes

Loch Lomond area
Cashel Woodland Walks A series of walks in conservation woodlands
Duncryne hill walk - best views of Loch Lomond you'll ever see

B ) Medium, for fairly regular walkers
(Strong Shoes / boots weatherwear recommended - may need food & drink).

Callander area
Bracklinn Falls and Upper Crags
about 4 miles with steep rough track on second stage.
Ben Gullipen from A81 3 mile or 6 mile. 1400 feet. Forest track, sometimes steep.
Trossachs walks
Ben A'an hillwalk
- * 2 miles / 1500 ft, rough track / rocky scramble. Steep.
Bealach nam Bo - 4.5 miles. a walk up the 'pass of the cattle' used by highland cattle rustlers
Menteith Hills walk 4-5 miles linear walk from Venachar to Lake of Menteith
Achray Woods walk 4-5 miles of woodland wonder among mountains and Lochs
The Boundary Fault Trail. A  forest walk (Steep) visiting the boundary fault and a great viewpoint
Strathyre/Balquhidder area
Bein an t-Sithean (Shian)
  - * 2 miles / 1500 ft. Rough track / open hillside, Steep.
Creag an Tuirc  (Balquhidder) 1 miles forest track & some rough track. 500ft
Killin area
Killin Junctn & GlenOgle
10 miles forest tracks, some gentle climbs
Sron a Chlachain (Killin) only 1 mile or so but steep rough grassland / heather tracks
Acharn Woods (Killin) 5 miles over forest tracks. Some steep.
Acharn & GlenOgle (Killin) 8 miles over forest tracks. Some steep.
Auchlyne & Killin Jnctn 11 miles tarmac and forest track. Fairly level
Loch Lomond area
Conic Hill
(Loch Lomond east side) 3 miles but very steep steps in places

The West Highland Way ---- Scotland's long distance footpath.

C ) Harder walks

Strenuous & steep
(boots / suitable clothing essential
Take food & drink).

These are serious climbs - do not undertake lightly - especially in winter conditions

Callander / Trossachs walks area
Ben Ledi hillwalk
- * 5 miles, 2800 ft. forest / hill tracks. rough stony/ peat. Strenuous
Ben Vane (Trossachs) - an easy summer walk - harder in winter. Unusual views of well known mountains
Ben Venue hillwalk - * 5 or 7 mile. forest track / open hill track. wet. strenuous
Ben Vorlich* 10 mile circular walk, 4 - 5 hr. Add 2 hours if also attempting Stuc a Chroin.  6 miles from Ardvorlich
Stuc a Chroin via Ben Each from Ardchullerie Mor. Very strenuous
Killin area
Ben Lawers
- * 5 miles, 3990 ft.    conservation tracks,   unmarked hill tracks. Strenuous
Lawers-An Stuc ridge A very strenuous ridge - severe in winter - hard in summer
Meall Corranaich - 2 easy Munroes and the best view of the Lawers ridge you'll ever see
Tarmachan Ridge - Excellent ridge walk about 8 miles. Strenuous, scrambling in places.
Kirkton Glen to Glen Dochart  - * 7 m one way / 14 m return. Forest track/steep hill track
Crianlarich area
Stobinian from Inverlochlarig - A circular walk from Balquhidder glen including 3 peaks over 3000 feet - 8 miles
Ben More & Stobinian
- 10 miles Circular, 4 peaks. difficult. Total ascent 4500ft. V strenuous
Cruach Ardrain and Tulaichean from Balquhidder Glen. An interesting and scenic walk & some steep scrambling
An Caisteal - 8.5 miles. Circular. An expedition into the Glen Falloch group near Crianlarich.
Stob a Choin (from Balquhidder Glen)
An oft neglected but badly under-rated hill with panoramic views of almost all of the Crianlarich/Glenfalloch hills and Loch Katrine
Tyndrum area
Ben Dorain - 5.5 miles linear. height 3550. hard in winter. Navigation awkward in poor visibility.
Ben Lui 1 - 7 miles, height 3700ft. 2 Munroes and fabulous views. Scrambling options.
Ben Lui 2 - 12 miles. An excellent scenic route for the more adventurous. Not for the novice.
Ben Oss & Dhubchraig - a walk through Caledonian pines for a great view of Ben Lui
Ben Challum - An often neglected mountain with great views of the whole Tyndrum mountain arena. Only 8 miles, 6 hours or less.
Stob Ghabhar  - Spectacular circular route with views over Rannoch moor. 9.5 miles. Testing but very enjoyable!
Ben Achallader and Beinn a Chreachain - A testing 12 mile walk with great views over Rannoch Moor
Loch Lomond / Arrochar Alps
Ben Lomond- * 7 miles, 3250 ft.   hill tracks / open hillside. Strenuous
The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) 5.5 miles, 2946 ft. Steep scrambles, rocky, care required. Strenuous
Bein Narnain * 5.5 miles, steep, some scrambling. Care required. Optional extended walks.
Ben Vane (Lomond) 8 miles. A fairly easy ascent to Munro level. Scrambling near summit.
Ben Vorlich (Lomond) 6 miles. Interesting series of small tops leading to Vorlich. Navigation tricky in poor visibility.
Dalmally area
Cruachan ridge - excellent walk but arduous - not for the faint hearted (on Oban road)
Dalmally Horseshoe - A circular walk including part of the Cruachan Horseshoe - optional visit to Cruachan
Glencoe and Nevis area
Buachaille Etive Mor - An expedition over one of Scotland's most dramatic mountains
Buachaille Etive Beag - The wee brother of Big Buachaille but with a big view
Bidean nam Bian - an expedition via the Lost Valley of Glencoe to the highest peaks in Argyll
Ben Nevis - Ok - so its the big one - even if it's outside my patch, here it is!

Downloadable walking guides from the National Park Authority

  Activity Title Click!  
  Walk or Bike The Great Trossachs Forest Art & Literature Trail  
  Walk or Bike Killin Village Path  
  Walk or Bike Paths at Aberfoyle  
  Walk or Bike Park Paths Aberfoyle  
  Walk or Bike Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (Forestry Commission)  
  Walk Luss Village Paths  
  Walk Cowal Benmore & Kilmun Paths  
  Walk West Highland Way  
  Walk Callander Paths (outer pages)  
  Walk Balloch Castle Park (outer pages)  
  Walk Balloch Castle Park (inner pages)  
  Walk Woodland Walks  
  Walk A Walking Guide to Inchcailloch  
  Walk West Highland Way Booklet  

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Killin boasts a large number of lower level walks with a variety which offers good walking for all levels of fitness. For that reason, this last section focuses on a selection of walks from Killin. For descriptions , (excluding the Ben Lawers walk), click Here. Please note that maps are for indication only and you should as always have appropriate OS map & compass on all walks where appropriate.

Walk Grade Distance Time
Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve, near Kippen 0.9km 30 minutes
Inversnaid RSPB nature trail 2.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe, Aberfoyle 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Achray Water bridge circuit 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Bracklinn Falls, Callander 5.5km 1.5 hours
Lochan Spling, Aberfoyle 6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Loch Ard and Ghleannain Loch, near Aberfoyle 6.75km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Loch Venachar 7km 2 hours
Bochastle and the Falls of Leny 7.5km 2 hours
Callander to Falls of Leny circuit 7.5km 2 - 3 hours
Leannach Forest circuit 8km 2 - 2.5 hours
Kinlochard and the Crannog 10.5km 2.5 - 4 hours
Loch Katrine 21km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
Ben A'an 3.7km 2 - 4 hours
Callander Craig 4km 1.5 - 2 hours
The Brig o' Turk loop 5.5km 2 hours
Highland Boundary Trail, near Aberfoyle 6km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Stank Glen 9km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Ben Ledi 10km 4 - 6 hours
Ledard Farm to Loch Achray 10.5km 4 - 6 hours
Ben Venue from Ledard Farm 11.5km 5 - 6 hours
Ben Venue from Loch Achray 14km 5 - 6 hours
The Mell circuit, Glen Finglas 27km 6.5 - 7 hours
The Rob Roy Way 128km 7 stages

Try some long distance walks in Scotland

More walks and Trossachs walking will be added as I find time to explore further walking holidays in Scotland.


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The Trossachs and things to see and do

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The Trossachs - the place to be! Callander - the place to be in The Trossachs.
Callander in the Trossachs - the place to be in the Loch Lomond National Park

Things to Do in The Trossachs
Visit Callander and The Trossachs
Stay in Trossachs Hotels
Climb Ben Ledi, Ben A'an and Callander Crags
then walk to Bracklinn Falls and the New Bridge