Also in the Arrochar Alps and the most northerly, Ben Vorlich provides a great day of hiking from Ardlui, if reached by public transport (the other easier alternative would be from Inveruglas via the Loch Sloy dam road).
The name Vorlich translates as Hill of the Bay (as it overlooks Loch Lomond) and there are two Munros with the same name in Scotland, the other being on Loch Earn.
The peak of Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) takes the form of a north-south ridge with three small summits. Although the central one is the highest at 943m, the southern top is marked with a trig point.
The north Loch Lomond area is characterised by a vast and open sense of place and long dramatic vistas. The forests and woodlands along the loch shores contrast with the surrounding uplands to create a landscape of high scenic value. In this context, Ben Vorlich provides a dramatic backdrop to the loch – also, its surrounding areas are largely undeveloped and have an open and wild sense of place.
From its slopes you can admire a large area of Atlantic oak woodland that surrounds much of the loch and covers many of its islands. Most of this woodland supports a rich and varied lower plant community. The uplands are also of high importance for a range of montane and upland plant communities and associated invertebrates. Ben Vorlich and Ben Lomond across the loch are both designated as SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) with species that include black grouse, ptarmigan, upland waders, eagle, pine marten, red deer, mountain hare and water vole.
You can find information about the trail up Ben Vorlich here.
We want everyone to enjoy the National Park in a safe and responsible manner. Be aware that the owners of the land you are crossing might be engaged in deer management and other land management activities and you can help minimise the chance of disturbance. Read more about it in the Heading to the Hills practical guide.
Hiking and hillwalking are risk sports. Always ensure you are prepared before heading out to the hills – information and practical advice on how to stay safe can be found by reading about Safety and skills in the mountains from Mountaineering Scotland.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority cannot be held responsible for any accidents, injuries or damage sustained whilst hiking in the Park. All persons taking part in such activities do so at their own risk, acknowledging and accepting the risk of accident, injury or damage.