Walk: Craig Rossie - Auchterarder's Ochil
|[Looking back to Auchterarder and Strathearn from the ascent]|
Craig Rossie stands out from the other summits on the north side of the Ochils hill range. Instead of gentle grassy inclines, small crags and scree patches characterise its slopes, especially if you approach the walk's start point from the eastern side. A beautiful path curves up the broad ridge for a direct ascent - Auchterarder, the A9 and a busy railway line laid out behind across fertile Strathearn. Descending to the south brings peace and quiet as well as views into the heart of the range, with a good track back to base once you've negotiated the odd swampy section before.
|[A wonderful grassy path leads right to Craig Rossie's twin summits - this is the western top]|
Name: Walk: Craig Rossie - Auchterarder's Ochil ★★★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 360 metres
Main summits: Craig Rossie (410 metres)
Start / finish: Track junction just east of Pairney Farm, B8062 3 miles east of Auchterarder, G.R.: NN 979133 / early corner promising
Anything else? Space for just a couple of cars on the track without blocking access to fields; small cars should also be able to park on the B8062 itself.
Route: Start - Pairney Farm - gate at NN 978125 - Craig Rossie - Beld Hill - Beldhill Burn - Heuch of Coul - old quarries - start.
Terrain: Lovely grassy path to summit, though quite steep. Faint path / tracks to Beldhill Burn (with one or two boggy patches to cross) before a clear track is reached.
Wildlife today: Cows (including a Close Encounter of the herd kind on the track during descent), sheep, unidentified bird of prey circling high above.
Weather today: Sunny with a few clouds; only just above freezing with a biting NW wind in exposure.
|[Good views when descending the steep south side of Craig Rossie]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands