Ben Venue (pronounced ven-oo, and is probably anglicised from the Gaelic Beinn Mheanbh – meaning small mountain). It is indeed a small mountain, in the Trossachs national park – a beautiful area of mountains, woods and lakes just north of Scotland’s main conurbations of the central belt.
There are two main routes up the mountain, one from the South from Ledard by Loch Ard and the other from the north starting from the shores of Loch Achray. This was our route and 11 of us met on sunny Sunday morning to walk the mountain.
The route follows very well signposted paths and forestry roads, quite flat walking at first and then steeper on emerging from the felled forest onto open hill. A few ups and downs and rocky bits on the ridge lead to the slightly lower east top and its trig point (727m). We had a pleasant lunch here out of the quite stiff breeze in the warm sun.
We made a brief visit to the higher west top (729m) before making our descent on the north side of the hill though grass and heather (no path here and no other people). Finally we joined a path by the side of Loch Katrine through birchwoods back to the carpark.
The next walk will be up a slightly bigger hill (but not much harder) Ben Vane by Loch Lomod on Sunday 25th June.