Ben Ledi is a familiar landmark from Callander and the highest mountain in the main part of the Trossachs. It is a very popular hillwalk and its position on the edge of the Highlands makes it an excellent viewpoint.
Well walked paths, rough with some very boggy sections, particularly on the descent. As with any mountain walk, hillwalking gear must be carried.
Turn off the A84, following the sign for Strathyre Forest Cabins, to cross the Garbh Uisge to the south of Loch Lubnaig; on the far side of the bridge turn left to reach the parking area. This is very popular and often full in high season so it is a good idea to arrive early. Begin the walk by returning to the junction next to the bridge and turn left onto a waymarked footpath into the woods - there is a blue waymarker post. The path climbs through the dense forestry, soon becoming steep. The densest plantations are then left behind as the path crosses over a forestry track. Continue straight ahead through a felled area that now has some regenerating birch trees. The well-made path continues to ascend, including some stone steps, giving good views back to Loch Lubnaig and across Callander into the lowlands.
Hillwalking in WinterPlease note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions and may not be suitable in winter. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.
Parking area over bridge from A84. Map and directions.
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