Where on earth did they get that pic of Ben Vane?! That's not what it looks like, trust me. From a distance it looks like a bumpy but not too strenious little rock, once up the muddy slope to the one flat terrace before the hill 'really' starts you see it. The wall. And that's how it is for the rest of the way, steeply upwards. From time to time there's easy scramble, with a longer section before the actual summit, but most of the way it's a MORE or less eroded path zigzaging its way up.
Don't fret though, the hill is scattered with natural sit spots and the view over Loch Lomond, Loch Katerine and further up the Arrochars and the vast open north will have you want to rest a lot. As if the steep walk wasn't enough, I mean.
It's a lovely walk though. You gain height pretty quick and the combination of easy path, tricky path and easy scramble will keep both your attention and interest. And the views.... If you like the combination of water and hills in your pictures - make sure you've got plenty of room on your memory card!
(Written by: Carina)