We (two “ladies” in our 60s) started this walk at Loch Achray Hotel which was closed, presumably due to Covid.
The walk initially follows the Ben Venue path up to a cairn which took us 3 hours to get there at a leisurely pace. The walk to the cairn is very straightforward and the path is good. However before the cairn, at the top of the waterfall the path becomes a bit unclear. We ended up mistakingly climbing over some large rocks and then we saw a young lad on the proper path that we should have taken! So look out for that as the rocks could be dangerous!
We had lunch at the cairn feeling quite pleased with ourselves so far. The cairn marks a T junction. To the right is the path to Ben Venue and to the left is the path to Ledard Farm which was our route.
After the cairn the path becomes narrow and the views are spectacular. Basically from here it’s downhill all the way. As there had been lots of rain in recent days the path had turned into a stream in most parts. The path down was steep, stoney and narrow and very wet/muddy especially at the lower slopes. We found it very hard going even with our poles. It took us 3 hours to get back down!
One warning - on the way down we reached a burn in spate which was definitely too deep for our boots. We had to put plastic bags on our feet to cross otherwise we would have been soaked!
We still enjoyed the walk but would reverse the route next time and start from Ledard Farm as recommended on this site.
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