Welcome to Alzos Adventures! Back around the outside rather than having to tackle that monstrosity all over again. We took off on what was a beautiful clear skied day, with myself and Geo looking to make amends for our previous trip up Vorlich by reaching Stuc A Chroin this time. Get new content delivered directly to your inbox. No spam, notifications about new adventures, posts and updates only. Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin are in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Stuc a’Chroin from Ben Vorlich. Ben Vorlich / Stuc a'Chroin / Beinn Each 13 October 2015 on #runslessepic Alongside Ben Lomond, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin are perhaps the two Munros easiest accessible from the central belt, which makes them very popular. https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js. From there, continue the path West and you’ll see some sort of path heading downhill. With the weather decided to hold out once again three days later Caddy and I opted to grab some more fresh air and make a stab at the summits of Ben Vorlich (985m) and Stùc a’ Chroin (975m), just to the south of Loch Earn. The view from the summit was spectacular. My plan was to include Stuc a’Chroin on the walk as well but my friend didn’t seem too keen on the crags. I always enjoy a Munro when there’s a bit of scrambling involved, makes the climb more fun! Strictly between me and you. Are you searching for your next adventure? < Back to Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin summary page < Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin 1st story < Back to Scotland page with links to other walks < Back to Crieff and Strathearn intro page. Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’Chroin hike August 14, 2018 admin United Kingdom This is an easy hike that starts by Loch Earn in the southern part of the Highlands and takes you to two munros – Ben Vorlich (985m) & Stùc a’ Chroin (975m). Ben Vorlich and its sister Stuc a’ Chroin come as a pair and a double Munro ascent is popular, summiting Stuc on the way down. The two peaks are separated by a bealach at over 700m so you can easily bag them both in one outing. Spirits were high knowing that Ben Vorlich was a steady enough climb and all pathed (see previous post) however, would these spirits continue towards the cruel mistress which was Stuc A Chroin (translated to Peak of Harm or Danger). A Stùc a' Chroin északi oldala sokkal sziklásabb, és meredekebb, mint az északkeleti szomszédjáé, hagyományos módon mégis innen, a Ben Vorlich csúcsán keresztül közelítik meg. They are adjacent to each other and situated in the southern part of the Highlands of Scotland. The full walk around the side of Ben Vorlich was just one long continuous ongoing bog! Glen Lednock Circular Walk > The Knock > Easy walking again My plan was to include Stuc a’Chroin on the walk as well but my friend didn’t seem too keen on the crags. Learn how your comment data is processed. These two Munros on the southern fringe of the Highlands appear as an identical pair in many distant views. However, with Geo’s Cliffhanger knowledge and our perseverance we eventually made it to the top. Ben Vorlich & Stuc a'Chroin By Colin Hogarth. The ascent begins at the shore of Loch Earn and climbs through sparse woodland before reaching open hillside. The Contour Collection - Stuc a'Chroin & Ben Vorlich Print Like so many people during the lockdown, I turned to the great outdoors to escape from all the madness! The route off Ben Vorlich was the same as this morning, except I tended right to the Graham Top ridge of Ben Vorlich instead of left to Stuc a' Chroin. As I said, it sounded door, but it was still a fun filled climb with some great people. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I remember that day clearly, as only a few days later I drove down to Stranraer to get the ferry over the Irish Sea to get married! Living in Scotland, I started climbing Munros and the map contours inspired me to start 'The Contour Collection'. To reach the Ben Vorlich at Loch Earn, follow the A84 from Callander. Repeating Ben Vorlich to bag Stuc A Chroin. There is one on the Western side of Loch Lomond and the one that we did on the Southern side of Loch Earn. Spirits and morale started to take a little dip by this point as I think we were all kind of wishing for it to be over by this point. A clear well-maintained path to the summit of Ben Vorlich, from where the link to Stuc a' Chroin is on rougher ground. To climb or not to climb? But their is an easy enough path to fallow all the way to the bealach. Climbing Ben Vorlich from the bealach. A few leaps and jumps had us praying we wouldn’t be climbing back up the mess on the return leg. I want to come clean on one thing before I continue. Well in our typical fashion we still managed to mess it up and get lost! Instead of repeating myself, the directions to these Munros can be found in the Ben Vorlich post. Poor Ailsa suffering trying to handle the bogs in a pair of trainers made it a slightly less enjoyable experience for her, but one issue was slowly arising in all of our minds. The pair provide an excellent day out, with fine views to the Ben Lawers range to the north. Stuc a’Chroin from Ben Vorlich. However, once on it, we could see the aggressive prickly side of Stuc a’Chroin to the South West. 2020/10/22 Life’s twists and turns can take you to some unusual places and a recent walk of the two Munros, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’Chroin, from the shore of Loch Earn, near Lochearnhead, gave me plenty to think about and ponder. So out popped the legendary selfie stick of Ailsa! “Why is the path around the back getting further away?”. Climbing Ben Vorlich from the bealach. Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorlich are neighbours with almost parallel SE ridges and they are connected by the Bealach an Dubh Choirein. Solid ground at last for the home stretch. While slightly lower, Stuc can be a difficult peak with scrambling and a significantly rockier nature. Stuc a’Chroin is located just behind Ben Vorlich and requires you to climb Vorlich first. Ben Vorlich & Stùc a' Chroin is a 8.3 mile loop trail located near Lochearnhead, Stirling, Scotland that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Much more than meets the eye on this monstrosity. Nice and simple right? Stuc a'Chroin is a steep and rocky peak, involving a scramble when ascended (as is … Instead of the usual rolling hills and mountains, it was white clouds with only Munro summits poking out through the white sheet. Got our photos and a well earned rest, then it was time to head back down. Stuc a’Chroin (peak of danger) has been my Moby Dick this year and I’ve finally bagged it. Ben Vorlich’s Height: 985m & 975m Summit Grid Reference: NN 629 189 & NN 617 174 Translation: Hill of the Bay & Mountain of Danger Start Point: Car Park in Ardvorlich at the Southern Shore of Loch Earn Both Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin, belong to the easily accessible Scottish mountains from Stirling, Glagow and Edinburgh and have always been popular among hill walkers. ( Log Out /  I was getting my legs swallowed up to my shins at point (Geo’s hips) and it just never ended. Enter your e-mail address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by e-mail. I knew there was a path up through them and there was nothing too technical involved. Once you’ve reached the summit of Ben Vorlich and ready to continue on to Stuc a’Chroin, there’s a faded path to the West. I’m a former waiter and manager for Pizza Hut, now an adventure seeker and travel consultant. Once the terrain becomes a bit easier to walk on, the path fades through the bog. Ben Vorlich is a very popular hillwalk from Loch Earn and a fine viewpoint, whilst the continuation to Stuc a'Chroin is a more serious walk with rocky ground and scrambling.… It didn’t look too far off, and we were armed with great weather, and a bit of knowledge about an easy bypass path. A little after 10h we began the gentle walk in, passing through the valley and the micro hydro scheme. Decision set to go for it, the scramble was on. Creagan nan Gabhar. All 4 of us powered our way to the top! Ben Vorlich is a very popular hillwalk from Loch Earn and a fine viewpoint, whilst the continuation to Stuc a'Chroin is a more serious walk with steep, rocky ground.Terrain:Straightforward hillwalking to Ben Vorlich. The route then becomes a steep incline with a fair bit of scrambling involved. Ben Vorlich (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Mhùrlaig) is a mountain located in the southern part of the Highlands of Scotland. It’s amazing how happy some dry solid ground can make you. The path was clearly outlined (for most parts) so it was simple enough to follow. As soon as our muddy, soaked boots touched it we seemed to all lift ourselves up and hold a solid, comfortable pace all the way to the end. Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) is: A light covering of new snow mostly falling on Sun nightTemperatures will be below freezing (max 0°C on Sun afternoon, min -4°C on Mon night)Winds decreasing (gales … With the sheer incline though, it doesn’t take long to reach the final and more level part of the ascent. This walk from the shores of Loch Earn takes in the two munro of Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin. Now I’ve never seen Cliffhanger, Stuart has never seen Cliffhanger, Ailsa has never seen Cliffhanger. and apparently recreating scenes from Cliffhanger..but I’ll come to that later. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Ben Vorlich (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Mhùrlaig) is a mountain located in the southern part of the Highlands of Scotland. So let me clarify…apparently there is 2 routes to Stuc A Chroin. Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 3,700 ft Route type Loop From there, it’s plain sailing back down to Loch Earn and your car. Ben Vorlich and her neighbour Stuc a 'Chroin stand on the southern edge of the Highlands and the easiest way to access them is from the southern shore of Loch Earn. So far this has all sounded rather miserable and a terrible experience and I wont lie, at times it was and the descent was no better (which I will come to). Personally for myself, I also felt much better having made amends from my first climb and finally bagged Ben Vorlich’s accomplice, Stuc A Chroin. Ben Vorlich & Stuc a'Chroin By Colin Hogarth. Overall, cracker to get in the bag and one of the more exciting climbs I’ve done this year! this time accompanied by Stuart (@therugbyfoodie), Geo (@geos_munro_bagging_adventures) and Ailsa (@ailsawylie), was an effort to say the least. We tried finding solid ground or the driest parts but their was no avoiding it. Route on to Stuc a'Chroin involves steep, rocky terrain with some slight scrambling, whilst the return crosses boggy, eroded ground. We enjoyed our time at the top of what was possibly one of the toughest climbs I had experienced so far. Ben Vorlich is located just south of Loch Earn and the two of these mountains (or one in our case) make for a … I can finally say I’ve done all the Crieff and Loch Earn Munros! Ben Vorlich & Stuc a Chroin Although I've been up Ben Vorlich many times over the years, I haven't gone on to the enjoyable scramble up Stuc a Chroin since July 1996! The two peaks are separated by a bealach at over 700m so you can easily bag them both in one outing. The pair provide an excellent day out, with fine views to the Ben Lawers range to the north. Reunited with the original planned route home. I still have no idea if this is a good or a bad thing but if anyone wants to let me know if he was filling us with hope or fear I’d be happy to find out. But just like the cliff face of Stuc A Chroin we persevered (as if we had a choice, we wanted to get home) and we eventually made it out the far end and back to the solid, dry path leading us back to the car down Ben Vorlich. We had to trudge through soaking, sodden ground the full way back to the path. I’ll just continue the route from the Ben Vorlich summit. 2020/10/22 Life’s twists and turns can take you to some unusual places and a recent walk of the two Munros, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’Chroin, from the shore of Loch Earn, near Lochearnhead, gave me plenty to think about and ponder. First, you’ll need to navigate over a boulder field, making your way left. A little after 10h we began the gentle walk in, passing through the valley and the micro hydro scheme. The photos are below for a wee gander if you fancy it and the August competition is still live for subscribers. It’s far too easy to loose grip and the rocks aren’t stable. It’s in this area where the Highlands meet the lowlands and their relative accessibility makes them popular Munros. Not going to lie at times i was 100% sh***ng myself and whichever poor soul was climbing up behind me in my kilt could potentially vouch for that. It’ll gradually curve round to the right and into a rocky gully. < Back to Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin summary page < Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin 1st story < Back to Scotland page with links to other walks < Back to Crieff and Strathearn intro page. Often it is combined with Stuc a'Chroin by those want to tick off as many munros as possible. Or the expert mountaineering style route down the rocky side of Ben Vorlich, essentially taking you to the cliff faced side of Stuc A Chroin which would definitely define “climbing”. These two mountains have almost parallel SE ridges and they are connected by Bealach an Dubh Choirein. ( Log Out /  Except from being in an aeroplane or sky-diving, I’ve never really been above the clouds quite like that. Repeating Ben Vorlich to bag Stuc A Chroin. It was absolutely spectacular. Ben Vorlich is one of two Munros, the other being Stuc a’Chroin. Just how anybody would like to spend their Sunday morning. It curves round and starts taking you down to the bealach. It was truly a spectacular sight. Pretty much coming down to the usual situation of us getting lost and making life difficult for ourselves. Ben Vorlich is a very popular munro in the Southern Highlands. As long as you continue heading North, you’ll notice the path fade in and out. A hegy csúcsán át húzódik Perth és Kinross és Stirling megye határa, ugyanakkor a Loch Lomond és Trossachs Nemzeti Park területén található. However, a much more satisfying route can be had by combining it with the lesser frequented Ben Our and then ascending by its north west shoulder.… We could see the route stretching into the distance looping around the back end of the Munro. ( Log Out /  A nice steady slope down and around till we were to reach our original path on Ben Vorlich for a smooth descent. Which was nice enough to still be a few hundred metres away from the actual summit, but thankfully was all flat along the way. I knew there was a path up through them and there was nothing too technical involved. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) , Stuc a'Chroin Time taken: 6 hours Distance: 13.5 km Ascent: 1145m Apart from getting sunburnt and covered in sh*te i managed to climb two munros on a very enjoyable sunday afternoon. ( Log Out /  Be sure to stay on the right, the path does fade an re-emerge but you don’t want to find yourself in amongst the rocks. Ben Vorlich standing majestic (view from the eventual route home). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Ben Vorlich (984m) is a popular peak due to its easy access and the superb views from the summit. Well this was a boggy yet hilarious venture to say the least. The Contour Collection - Stuc a'Chroin & Ben Vorlich Print Like so many people during the lockdown, I turned to the great outdoors to escape from all the madness! I’ll definitely not hand your details to anyone either! It was an interesting start to say the least. You’ll remember from the misadventures of Beinn Each and Ben Vorlich that we never made it as far as Stuc a’Chroin. Enter your email address to receive free workouts and fitness content! We kept just looking for previous boot prints in the mud. The others being Ben Chonzie and Ben Vorlich. The others being Ben Chonzie and Ben Vorlich. However, once on it, we could see the aggressive prickly side of Stuc a’Chroin to the South West. We did debate whether to continue at this point. Stùc a' Chroin is a mountain located in the southern part of the Highlands of Scotland. As you make your way further up, there are parts that are more like steep, muddy stairs which makes it easier but no less daunting if you look down. We were all good to begin with. That’s all for another adventure. Ben Vorlich and her neighbour Stuc a 'Chroin stand on the southern edge of the Highlands and the easiest way to access them is from the southern shore of Loch Earn. Luckily from the top it was easy to spot our preferred route down. We walked down towards … 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. Ben Vorlich itself gave its summit and its views reasonably well! Once you reach the more level surface, make your way across the bealach and then the fun begins. Followed the path, a little boggy at times so we had to find a drier route around. We walked down towards … This time Teej, Boab and I did. Both of which, I’ve already done. It can be tackled on its own but it is certainly worth allocating time to visit its near neighbour Stuc a' Chroin (975m). 16/06/2019. I mean we just basically recreated what we were told was a Sly Stallone classic before walking through ground which could summon up some swamp monster any second. Once the ground levels out, well back to a gradual incline, make your way East (to the left) and you’ll notice two cairns. Geein ye' fitness tips, recipes and tales of adventure fae the bonniest country in the world. this time accompanied by Stuart (@therugbyfoodie), Geo (@geos_munro_bagging_adventures) and Ailsa (@ailsawylie), was an effort to say the least. It’s in this area where the Highlands meet the lowlands and their relative accessibility makes them popular Munros. We had long steep drops off narrow ledges, tight grips to hold onto and on a few occassions had to even hang an arm to physically pull one another up the rocks to the next part of the climb. But I will admit that it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Lets just say Ailsa wasn’t the only of us to suffer from wet feet from this point on. Maybe I can help. Route description: Ben Vorlich and Stuc a'Chroin Munros included on this walk: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) , Stuc a'Chroin Time taken: 6 hours Distance: 13.5 km Ascent: 1145m Return to Edinample – and a brief mention of the World Cup! Return to Edinample – and a brief mention of the World Cup! What made this one so special though was the view from the summit. If I had tackled it alone it would have been a miserable 7 hours but with this lot I tip my hat to you and say thank you for making it enjoyable in what was, lets say, not ideal conditions. Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’Chroin hike August 14, 2018 admin United Kingdom This is an easy hike that starts by Loch Earn in the southern part of the Highlands and takes you to two munros – Ben Vorlich (985m) & Stùc a’ Chroin (975m). Stuc a’Chroin (peak of danger) is one of three Munros in the Crieff & Loch Earn range. I wont spend long discussing Ben Vorlich as you can read about that venture in an earlier post, as I had already completed it this year (my first of 2019 and where my thought of 15 began). Ben Vorlich & Stuc A’ Chroin. It didn’t look too far off, and we were armed with great weather, and a bit of knowledge about an easy bypass path. You’ll pass Loch Lubnaig, through Strathyre then past the Balquidder signs. Almost at double figures for the year after these 2! To descend from Stuc a’Chroin, follow the path down to the gully where you made the ascent. Stuc a’Chroin (peak of danger) is one of three Munros in the Crieff & Loch Earn range. The others being Ben Chonzie and Ben Vorlich. Definitely the most terrifying. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Living in Scotland, I started climbing Munros and the map contours inspired me to start 'The Contour Collection'. So lets just say, we absolutely smashed it out the park! Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin are in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. As I said previously, I’m delighted to finally have Stuc a’Chroin in the bag. Of course with the definition of the Munro lingering and just looking at the narrow ridges and scramble ahead of us it sparked quite the debate “It’s just not worth it eh?” I believe was the original consensus, but in our typical fashion we took the less than sensible option and decided to give it a go regardless. Description Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin are neighbours and are among the first Munros to be seen by visitors heading N as they can be seen from the A9 S of Stirling. It lies to the south of Ben Vorlich, which is itself bounded to the north by Loch Earn, and to the west by Loch Lubnaig. Ben Vorlich (hill of the bay) is one of two Munros in Scotland by the same name. A steady, yet boggy path around the back where you descent Ben Vorlich and cut sideways. Change ). We did eventually make Stuc A Chroin in the end! Photoshoot number one was done and dusted and we ventured towards peak number 2. Although once we hit our lovely flat part through “the bowl” of the hills things went a little downhill again. We found ourselves off the route a few times, it’s scary how easy it can happen. Ben Vorlich itself gave its summit and its views reasonably well! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It was a tough one but it was maybe one of the most rewarding, we got a view that I’d never seen before! It’s a steep descent but no where near as bad as the ascent! Ben Vorlich is a very popular hillwalk from Loch Earn and a fine viewpoint, whilst the continuation to Stuc a'Chroin is a more serious walk with steep, rocky ground. It’s quite a steep descent and can be a little tricky, so care is required. Well… except from out an aeroplane window! If tackled head-on the northeast buttress of Stuc a' Chroin gives some good scrambling on which it's possible to vary your line and the difficulty (from grade 1 to rather harder than that). Closer up, they are more different. The highest one is the more Northern one, and that’s where you can finally claim Stuc a’Chroin! For an easier day, you can summit the wonderful Ben Vorlich and return via the same path. With the weather decided to hold out once again three days later Caddy and I opted to grab some more fresh air and make a stab at the summits of Ben Vorlich (985m) and Stùc a’ Chroin (975m), just to the south of Loch Earn. The summit of Stuc a' Chroin sits at the NW end of a 4km ridge which terminates at Meall Odhar (646m) from where a path leads down to Arivurichardich steading. To a Chroin (9 miles total) head down the west side from the summit of Ben Vorlich, veering to a south westerly direction and onto to the bealach (Bealach an Dubh Corrien) then follow the track leading toward the ominous looking broken buttress of Stuc a Chroin. You’ll curve around Ben Vorlich and eventually link up with the original path that took you up. Essentially we had to scramble down a messy complex of boulders. Thankfully our boy George has seen it in case anyone was worrying, and he informed us that this was going to be just like the movie. Wet sodden feet, but another Munro in the bag, what an adventure! We had a day where we thought it was going to be miserable but after ascending 750metres, we broke through the clouds. With the company I had on this hike it was full of laughs start to finish and we somehow found ways to make light out of all the situations we got ourselves stuck in. We celebrated at the summit, delighted to have finally got there. 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