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Ben Ledi and Benvane
A strenuous mountain walk over these two Corbetts (Scottish mountains between 2500 and 3000 ft with 500ft of prominence) from Brig O'Turk.
Ben Ledi at 879 metres is the highest mountain in The Trossachs and is particularly well known through Walter Scott's poem Lady of the Lake. The mountain is easily seen from Stirling and on the approaches to Callander. It is popular climb from the Loch Lubnaig in the east. The new Woodlands Trust paths on the west side of the hill give relatively easy access to the lower slopes of the mountain from the west and a climb up the mountain can be made from here where it will be rare to see anyone else on the climb.
There is some dispute on the meaning of Ben Ledi. The local tourist information proposes the name originates from Beinn Le Dia or Mountain of God but other sources suggest the name originates from Beinn Leitir or Leathad meaning (rather boringly) a slope. Benvane is an Anglicisation of Beinn Mheadhoin (pronounced the same) meaning Middle Hill.
Ben Ledi is connected to Benvane (821m) by a 6km long broad undulating ridge which gives is a pleasant promenade. The descent to the Glen Finglas Reservoir is by the south ridge of Ben Vane, where a track takes you back to Brig O'Turk.
There are café options near the end of the route, in Brig O'Turk, about a mile from the finish of the walk.
A hard mountain walk of about 14 miles (22km) 1350 metres of ascent (about 8 - 9 hours). Participants should come suitably equipped for mountain weather; the trip may be cancelled if the weather forecast is truly foul.
Terrain / Difficulty
A strenuous mountain walk. Steep pathless slopes on rough ground for the main climb up Ben Ledi. Easier from there along the main ridge to Benvane. The walk can be cut short at a number of points quite easily though.