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Ben Venue (729m) is a peak in Scotland's Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park region.
Ben Venue derives its name from Scottish Gaelic words that mean "miniature mountain." The mountain itself is not classed as a Munro or Corbett, but classed as a Graham.
Grahams are defined as Scottish mountains between 609.6m – 762.0m in height, the general requirement to be called a "mountain" in the British Isles, and with a minimum prominence or drop, of 150 metres. Starting in the car park situated at the western end of Loch Achray allows for a gentle climb on twisting roads and paths through forested scenery.
Active forestry operations do take place so be wary of heavy equipment moving around higher up in the forest.
Once out into open highland terrain the path snakes around southern side of the mountain, encountering some boggy ground to eventually end up on the ridge leading to the summit on Ben Venue.
The ridge itself gets rocky in sections and in winter conditions, the path becomes very icy due to frozen water runoff.
Fantastic views at the top for one of the smaller mountains in the Trossachs region.
Retrace your steps back down to finish at the Loch Achray car park. This hike and guide were completed during spring weather conditions.
This is just one opinion of this route.
Make sure to do your own research by consulting local internet resources, mountain guides or guidebooks to evaluate other opinions so you can be best prepared for the terrain. A Guide by Red