- Monday 1st April 2019
- Ben Vorlich
Ben Vorich was our chosen Munro of the day. It is pretty easy to access, situated just above Loch Earn in Perthshire which has beautiful surroundings.
The name “Ben Vorlich” can be translated into “Hill of the Bay”. This Munro can sometimes be slightly overshadowed by some more famous (and more popular) neighbours such as Ben Lawers, The Cobbler or even Ben Lomond , but that means it is usually a crowd-free experience. An enjoyable day out for Munro baggers and hill walkers alike, with great views over Loch Lomand.
So we parked the car in a small layby just beside Ardvorlich Estate.
Todays weather predicted that we had ‘goodish’ weather but rain could be looming.
Just after crossing a small stone bridge we spotted a gravestone next to the road.
This was where the bodies of seven MacDonalds of Glencoe were interred. These victims were killed by the people of Ardvorlich in retaliation for an earlier bloody raid by the MacDonald clan. A reminder that life was not always peaceful on the shores of Loch Earn!
The path takes you into Ardvorlich Estate but avoids the main route to the house, skirting around it.
It is a well-made track gradually ascending through parkland to the tree line. From here it takes a steep ascent up a broad ridge…and I mean steep…for what felt like a good while.
At the summit it can offer fantastic views on the surrounding area.
So all the way up we had amazing clear views of the summit…clear, no cloud kind of views.
Then low and behold we were like 10/15 minutes away when conditions took a turn for the worst and we were hit with a barmy mist and a furious blizzard.
Even in Spring/Summer conditions it just goes to show that walkers must be prepared for artic conditions in Scotland above 700 metres. Our Spring day had just got a whole lot wintry.
We trudged on through cold conditions until we hit the summit stayed there for a whole 3 seconds and left.
We had been going to be slightly more adventurous and head from this summit across the fairly rugged Bealach an Dubh Chorein for the additional attraction of Stuc a Chroin (another Munro) but due to this biting wind, raging white out mist and snow, we sensibly headed back down the way we had come, without giving it a second thought.
As per usual, on reaching further down the hill, the cloud lifted and/or we descended below cloud line and we were given views across the lovely deep blue of the loch below and was that the summit I could clearly see again!!!
Even although views at the top were once again hindered by poor visibility it had been an excellent, energetic and challenging walk…the Spring colours were superb and we did have some just some stunning views!