Ben Ledi

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Ben Ledi, a mountain in Callander parish, Perthshire, culminating 4½ miles W by N of Callander town. It rises from a base of about 11 miles in circuit; occupies most of the space between Loch Lubnaig on the E, Loch Venachar on the S, and Glen Finglas on the W; soars to an altitude of 2875 feet above sea-level; and commands a gorgeous prospect from the Bass Rock to the Paps of Jura, and from the Moray Firth to the Lowther Mountains. The ascent of it is everywhere difficult, and in many parts dangerous, but can be best effected from Portnellan, 2¾ miles WSW of Callander. Its Gaelic name, read commonly as beinn-le-dia, 'mountain of God,' is more correctly beinn schleibhte or schleibtean, 'mountain of mountains,' or 'mountain girt with sloping hills.' A tarn, called Lochan-nan-Corp, signifying ' the loch of dead bodies, ' lies far up the mountain, and got its name from the drowning in it of about 200 persons attending a funeral from Glen Finglas to a churchyard on the N of the Pass of Leny.

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