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Ben Ledi

Ben Ledi
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Ben Ledi

Ben Ledi, which means the mountain of god, lies just past Callander  in the Trossachs.

If coming from Stirling, and the M9 motorway, take the junction 10 exit, signposted for Callander and Crianlarich, then follow the A84 to Callander.  As you drive through the main street of Callander, you get your first view of the impressive hill that is Ben Ledi.

Continue through Callander, and not far past Kilmahog, you will see a turn off for Strathyre Forest Cabins.  Turn here, cross over the bridge, and the parking area is on the left.

This car park usually fills up quite early as it is also used for accessing other activities in the area, so I advise getting there early.

Ben Ledi, at 760m high is a Corbett.  The sign at the bottom warns how fast the weather can change on the Scottish Mountains - look to the bottom of this report to see how true that can be.

Don't attempt it in T-shirt and jeans - wear proper clothes and boots, and take a map and a compass.

It should take about 5 hours

Here is a link to the car park in Google Maps

See also Ben Venue and Ben Aan for two other popular Trossachs climbs.

Part 1

The path begins opposite the bridge and you climb up through forest.  The path is steep, but you will soon be rewarded with spectacular views looking up Loch Lubnaig.

On this particular day however, I drove through fog which seemed to be covering the whole of Scotland, and so there were no views of Loch Lubnaig but I quickly climbed above the fog and was rewarded with this equally impressive sight!

Climbing out of the fog on Ben Ledi

Climbing out of the fog on Ben Ledi

 

 

 

The advantages of an early start!

Foggy Scotland seen from Ben Ledi

Foggy Scotland seen from Ben Ledi

Part 2

You finally clear the trees, and the path stretches out ahead, curving off to the left, heading steeply up to shoulder of Ben Ledi.

Looking ahead, the weather was so different from the fog below!

Ben Ledi Path

Ben Ledi Path

 

 

As I climbed higher, the fog below was beginning to lift offering even more wonderful views.

Spectacular scenery from Ben Ledi

Spectacular scenery from Ben Ledi

Part 3

The path is quite long and steep, with stone steps at some points, but when you finally reach the shoulder, you get your first views over the other side.

From here, you can see Ben Lomond (left) and the Arrochar Alps and the Cobbler (right).

Ben Lomond and the Cobbler from Ben Ledi

Ben Lomond and the Cobbler from Ben Ledi

Part 4

In front of you now, you can see the path leading steeply up to what appears to be the summit - but be warned, this is just the first of two false summits, and when you get to the top and see that you have to go down and then up another equally steep slope, it can make the legs wobble a bit!

But I just put my head down, try not to look too far ahead and take it steady and you get there in the end.

Finally you make it to the top and can sit and admire the breathtaking views - definitely worth it!

Summit of Ben Ledi

Summit of Ben Ledi

 

 

Before the summit you will see a metal cross which was erected in memory of Sgt Harry Lawrie, a member of one of the Scottish Mountain Rescue teams who was killed in a helicopter crash.

In Memory of Sgt Harry Lawrie

In Memory of Sgt Harry Lawrie

 

 

Have a rest and admire the view before returning down the same way

Admiring the View from Ben Ledi

Admiring the View from Ben Ledi

You Have Been Warned

There is a sign at the start of the Ben Ledi path, which warns that the weather on the Scottish mountains can change quickly and unexpectedly.

A month before I took the shots above, I set out to climb Ben Ledi to get the pictures for this article.  The forecast was perfect, and as it turned out, the weather was perfect - warm, cloudless skies and hardly a breath of wind........

......read on

 

 

Looking back over Loch Lubnaig, at this point it was so hot, I was stripping off layers.

Loch Lubnaig from Ben Ledi

Loch Lubnaig from Ben Ledi

 

 

Heading up the path to the ridge - beautiful, cloudless blue skies

Ben Ledi Path

Ben Ledi Path

 

 

Almost at the ridge, I turned around to admire the view and...

....Where did that come from?

Where did that come from?

Where did that come from?

 

 

And in no time at all....

fog on Ben Ledi

fog on Ben Ledi

 

 

By the time I reached the top, the wind was driving the rain into my face and I could hardly see the path ahead.

When they say the weather can change quickly on the Scottish Mountains - they mean it!

Foggy Ben Ledi Summit

Foggy Ben Ledi Summit


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