Ben Aan in the Trossachs is one of Scotland's most popular hills. At only 454 m high, it doesn't take too long to climb, and the views at the top are truly stunning. It should take you 2 - 3 hours.
The climb starts along the shores of Loch Achray, and so is easily reachable by car from anywhere in central Scotland.
If coming from Callander, head north on the A84, and at Kilmahog, turn onto the A821 for Aberfoyle. Follow that road, first along the side of Loch Venachar, and then Loch Achray.
Just after you pass the impressive building that used to be the old Trossachs Hotel, and now is called Tigh Mor Trossachs, watch out for the Ben Aan car park on the left.
My own preference for all these walks is to get there early before it gets too busy, and this certainly applies to Ben Aan, where in the summer, if you arrive late, you may struggle to get parked.
There is a charge for parking (at the time of writing £3.00 for the day) and you will need change for the ticket machine.
The walk starts across the road from the car park, and is steep right from the beginning.
However, before too long, you can stop to catch your breath and admire the views back over Loch Achray.
Follow the path onwards and upwards until it starts to level out and you get the first views of the peak.
From the base of the peak, there is a bit of scrabbling up the final ascent, but not too difficult. If I can do it anyone can.
When you finally scramble up the rocky ascent, you get your first magnificent view of Loch Katrine, before climbing the last little bit of the peak on your left.
The Summit of Ben Aan
From here you get that classic view looking up Loch Katrine in one direction, and back over Loch Achray in the other direction.
Enjoy it for a while before heading back down the way you came.