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Past The Stank

Length
7.3 Kms
Elevation gain
300 m
Max elevation
242 m
Difficulty
**
Rating
**
Type
Loop
Route id
569
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
2.7 Kms
Dirt road
4.6 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
0 Kms
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Directions to start point
A short run with all the climb in the first section of the route. From the car park head up the hill on the forest road. You are soon out of the trees on this run and it's not long before you have the first views of Loch Venachar to your left. On this one it's always worth a look back at the view as well.
The road is easy to follow and usually in very good condition. We say usually as the tree harvesting traffic can sometimes take it's toll on this road. The route carries on uphill until about
2.4 Kms
when you arrive at the little fishing lochan called The Stank - strange name indeed. There is a road to the left of the Stank that takes you to views over Lake of Montieth - one of Scotland's few lakes, but this is an out and back excursion.
After the Stank you have a little more gradual uphill before you start the downhill at
3.3 Kms
. There is a forest road heading off to the left which gives a lot of nice views, but this is a dead end so only consider if you are interested in a short out and back.
The downhill ends when you reach the shore of Loch Venachar and the tarred road. A right here takes you alongside the loch all the way back to the car park. Very few cars on this private road so does make for some nice running. The road takes you past the Scout camp, the sailing club and The Ripples centre.
Although we have used the Invertrossachs car park you can use Callander car park which would add
5 Kms
on both the out and back. There are also two small car parks at the start of Loch Venachar adding a short length on tarred road to your run.
Route directions
Kms
1
Turn right back to the car park

0
2
From the car park take the forest road heading up hill

0
3
Keep on the main path

0.6
4
Keep straight ahead past the small fishing loch - the Stank

2.4
5
Follow the path to the right heading down hill

3.3
6
On arriving at the tarred road turn right

4.6
7
Shortly after the sailing cub the car park will be on your left hand side.

7.3
Car park area
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Forest road from the car park
Car park area
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The car park
Loch Venachar
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First sight of the loch
Loch Venachar
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Loch Venachar
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Loch Venachar
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A winter morning
Loch Venachar
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Sometimes the rain is going to get you
Loch Venachar
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Loch Venachar
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Looking back at the low cloud
Loch Venachar
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Across the loch
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Rain coming in across the loch
The Stank
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Small fishing loch
The Stank
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After the Stank
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Perhaps the highlight of the route
After the Stank
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Ben Ledi in the distance
After the Stank
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After the Stank
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Downhill section
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Back towards the loch
A seat with a view
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On a dull morning
A seat with a view
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On a sunny morning
Tarred road
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Heading back to the car park
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