Rugged Run – Ben Cleuch (Iain)

Ten years ago, I met my wife on a walk up Ben Cleuch so when I recently suggested we head there for a walk I expected here to say “Oh, that’s where we met” instead she said “Where? I’ve never heard of it.”

Our initial meeting can’t have been very memorable!

The walk starts in Tilicoutry. There is plenty of parking near to the start. When I last did the walk I went up via a path in Tilicoutry Glen but a sign at the start of the walk said that route was closed due to damage to the path.

There is a suggested diversion so we took that instead of the route through the glen. The route was easy to follow as it was well signposted.

There was allot of climbing. The walk start at an eelvation of 60m and keeps going up until you are at 700m. Only the last section on the summit is relatively flat. 

We could have gone back down the way we came but instead we decided to do a circular route. This would come down via the damaged path. I was hopeful it wasn’t too damaged but I was slightly concerned when we didn’t meet anyone coming up via that way.

Thankfully the damage to the path was just a missing section of wooden walkway. It was very easy to get past.

Ben Cleuch is a nice walk. Its not too challenging (other than the steepness.) There was nice views across central Scotland from the top.

Check out the video to get a feel for the route.



Rating: 3 out of 5.

Nice route but a bit dull. I think I’d enjoy it more in winter with a bit of snow on the ground.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

There was plenty of spaces to park near the start.


Rating: 1 out of 5.


Nearest cafe

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are cafe’s and shops in Tilicoutry

Run Surface

100% trail

Dog Friendly

Yes as long as they like hills.



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