Ben Ledi

Infobox Mountain
Name = Ben Ledi
Photo = Ben_Ledi_from_Kilmahog.jpg
Caption = Ben Ledi seen from Kilmahog
Elevation =879 m (2,884 ft)
Location = Stirling, SCO
Range = Trossachs
Prominence = "c." 528 m
Parent peak = Cruach Ardrain
Topographic
OS "Landranger" 57
Grid_ref_UK = NN562098
Listing = Corbett, Marilyn
Translation = Hill of God
Language = Gaelic
Pronunciation =

Ben Ledi is a mountain in Perthshire, Scotland. It is 879 m (2884 ft) high, and is classified as a Corbett. By road it lies about eight kilometres (5 miles) north-west of Callander, and is situated in the Trossachs hills, which are often regarded as having some of the most romantic scenery in the Highlands.

Ben Ledi is particularly well known through Walter Scott's poem "Lady of the Lake". Its name is supposed to point to the time when Beltane rites were observed on the summit. A cairn was built on the top in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. A small lochan, Lochan nan Corp, lies at 655 m above sea level about 1.5 km to the north of the summit. The name means "the little loch of the dead", and is named for an accident to a funeral party at which 200 lives were lost.

The eastern slopes of Ben Ledi are owned by the Forestry Commission, and form part of the Queen Elizabeth II Forest Park. A constructed path leads from a car park on the A84 road just south of Loch Lubnaig to the summit, a distance of just over 3 km. An alternative route following Stank Glen leaves the shores of Loch Lubnaig about 1.5 km north of the start of the main route, reaching the summit ridge near Lochan nan Corp. The two routes may be combined to give a circular walk of about 9 km.

The Ben Ledi ridge continues north, dropping down to about 600 m before climbing again to the summit of Ben Vane, another Corbett located about 5 km north by northwest of Ben Ledi.

External links

*Computer generated summit panorama [http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/GRW/Ledi.gifBen Ledi] [http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas.html Index]
* [http://www.incallander.co.uk/walks/benledi.htm A walk up Ben Ledi]

References

*1911


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