Walk: Ben Vrackie & a leap of faith

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

[Ben Vrackie & Loch a' Choire]

A full-day's circuit taking in Ben Vrackie and Killiecrankie Gorge is surely one of Scotland's most varied hill walks. Starting in the centre of bustling Pitlochry, the return route winds along the beautiful River Garry, taking in the dramatic Pass of Killiecrankie. In 1689 this was the scene for a major battle during the first Jacobite rebellion; one soldier escaped by jumping across the gorge at a spot now named The Soldier's Leap. Oh yes, and there's also the small matter of the hill itself: its majestic bulk speckled with scree, heather slopes and a small loch, with the summit visible even from the town beneath. A week's worth of variety packed into a single day?

[Ben Vrackie from the outskirts of Pitlochry]

📌 Walk: Ben Vrackie & a leap of faith ★★★★
Start / finish at A924 junction with Larchwood Road (street parking), 5-min walk west of Pitlochry town centre, G.R.: NN 937583 ///snake.paths.amplified

▶ 17 km / 11 mi | ▲ 860 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: Pitlochry; △ Ben Vrackie (841 m, Corbett); Killiecrankie gorge ★★ & visitor centre; River Garry / Loch Faskally
Terrain: Minor roads to start, then clear paths with some steep sections to Ben Vrackie. Wetter section on descent at Loch a' Choire, then track and minor road to Killiecrankie. Decent and fairly level paths for remainder.

Route & map

Start & Pitlochry - Larchwood Road - Golf Course Road - Lettoch - Moulin - leave forest at G.R.: NN 942607 - Loch a' Choire - Ben Vrackie - return to Loch a' Choire - path around north side of Meall na h-Aodainn Mòire - Old Faskally House - Killiecrankie gorge - Faskally House & Loch Faskally via River Garry riverside path - Loch Dunmore - Clunie Bridge - start

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep on ascent, deer on the hill, lots of birds at Killiecrankie. The forest sections are good for red squirrel spotting.
Weather: Sunny with light winds after an overnight dusting of snow on the hills. Below freezing to start and at the summit; a little warmer later. Slight valley fog in the morning and also a little wispy cloud on the summit.

[Pass of Killiecrankie]


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