Walk: Craig Varr's vast views

Perth & Kinross | Kinloch Rannoch | Short walk | ★★★★

[Craig Varr, looking over Loch Rannoch]

Craig Varr may only be a subsidiary summit of the higher Beinn a' Chuallaich, but this prominent rocky bluff is perhaps the finest panorama anywhere in the Rannoch region. The hill's position between Loch Rannoch and Dunalastair Water affords truly sensational views of both, with Schiehallion's triangular profile looming large to the south. Zig-zagging tracks on the lower slopes allow a swift though exhausting ascent, before paths fade to boggy grasslands just short of the final climb. Don't let the tiring terrain put you off - this is one of the most rewarding short walks in the Central Highlands.

[Craig Varr, looking towards Dun Alastair Reservoir & Schiehallion]

📌 Walk: Craig Varr's vast views ★★★★
Start / finish at car park on Allt Mor Place (B846), Kinloch Rannoch village centre, G.R.: NN 662587 ///pink.season.bead

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 340 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Kinloch Rannoch; △ Craig Varr (515 m)
Terrain: Majority of the route is on tracks and paths - very steep on ascent. Final half mile to summit is on a boggy and sometimes very faint path, with an old wall to follow at first. Intermittent signposts, but map advised. A tough route for this grade.

Route & map

Car park & Kinloch Rannoch - ascend by track west of Allt Mor - leave track at G.R.: NN 664596 - Craig Varr - return to track - descend by track east of Allt Mor - start


Route credit: Locally waymarked walk

On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep and lambs, a lizard.
Weather: Mostly sunny, 12°C at start but warming up. Patchy mist on Schiehallion clearing.

Chronological photo guide

[Kinloch Rannoch & a signpost for Craig Varr]

[Craig Varr from the start]

[Waterfall near the start]

[Loch Rannoch from the steep ascent]

[Craig Varr (left) & Schiehallion (right)]

[Looking back to Loch Rannoch]

[Crossing the Allt Mor]

[The final ascent follows an old wall, with only a boggy & faint path]

[Meall Dubh seen from the final ascent]

[Craig Varr, looking north]

[Craig Varr, looking over Loch Rannoch]

[Craig Varr, looking towards Dun Alastair Reservoir & Schiehallion]

[Woodland return]

[Woodland return]

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