Walk: Ben Chonzie by a road less travelled

Perth & Kinross | Crieff | Full day walk | ★★★

[View back along Loch Turret]

Ben Chonzie's lumpy, undramatic profile gets a bad rep amongst walkers despite its accessible, southerly location. The hill is normally climbed from Glen Lednock: a short and straightforward route, but with few distinguishing features. Instead, consider this approach from Loch Turret on the southeastern side for more visual interest; the approach around the reservoir is surrounded by craggy hillside which can be explored on the return route. The section beyond Lochan Uaine can be a bit of a mudbath - at least it's only brief.

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

📌 Walk: Ben Chonzie by a road less travelled ★★★
Start / finish at car park at Loch Turret dam, minor road end 4 mi northwest of Crieff, G.R.: NN 821264 ///retiring.foggy.jumps

▶ 16 km / 10 mi | ▲ 940 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: Loch Turret; △ Ben Chonzie (931 m, Munro); △ Meall na Sèide (757 m); △ Càrn Chòis (786 m)
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.

Route & map

Car park - Loch Turret east bank - Lochan Uaine - Bealach na Gaoith - Ben Chonzie - Meall na Sèide via fenceline - Càrn Chòis - start

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track (map shows both of our Ben Chonzie routes)
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On our visit

Wildlife: A few mountain hares on the high moorland. Lots of cows blocking the access road to the car park!
Weather: Mostly cloudy with occasional sunshine; higher up, breezy and only just above freezing.

[View back to Lochan Uaine and larger Loch Turret from the bealach]


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