Walk: In defence of Ben Chonzie

[View back along Loch Turret]

Ben Chonzie's lumpy, undramatic profile gets a bad rep amongst walkers despite its accessible, southerly location: in fact, it's often unfairly referred to as the most boring Munro! But most people climb it from Glen Lednock: a shorter walk, but with few distinguishing features. Approach from Loch Turret on the south-eastern side and things get much more interesting: the approach along the reservoir is surrounded by craggy hillside which can be explored on the return route. There's often a bit of a mudbath beyond Lochan Uaine - at least it's only brief.

[Ben Chonzie beyond the drumlins at the head of Loch Turret]

Name: Walk: In defence of Ben Chonzie ★☆☆
Length: 16 km / 10 miles
Ascent: 940 metres
Main summits: Ben Chonzie (931 metres, Munro); Meall na Sèide (757 metres); Càrn Chòis (786 metres)
Points of interest: Loch Turret
Start / finish: Car park at Loch Turret dam, G.R.: NN 821264 / retiring foggy jumps

Route: Car park - Lochan Uaine via east bank of Loch Turret - Bealach na Gaoith - Ben Chonzie - Meall na Sèide via fenceline - Càrn Chòis - start.
Terrain: Good track to Lochan Uaine, then only intermittent paths to Ben Chonzie: boggy lower down with a steep section to the bealach. Faint paths with some wet sections to return to reservoir west bank, then track to finish.
Wildlife today: A few mountain hares on the high moorland. Lots of cows blocking the access road to the car park!
Weather today: Mostly cloudy with occasional sunshine; higher up, breezy and only just above freezing.

[View back to Lochan Uaine (in front) and Loch Turret (behind) from the bealach]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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