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Corbett number 2- Ben Vrackie.
by nathan79 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:07 am
Route description: Ben Vrackie, near Pitlochry
Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Vrackie
Date walked: 20/09/2011
Time taken: 3.75 hours
Distance: 9.5 km
Ascent: 720mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
I've passed Pitlochry a fair few times since starting walking, but up until recently i'd scoffed and dismissed it. It was always "just a Corbett" after all. I'm not quoting anyone, but i could be
Only just over an hours drive and less than 50miles from home, i never realised it was so close and convenient. I didn't even leave my house til after 1:30. Passed through some low cloud and rain between Perth and Dunkeld, but back to blue skies at Pitlochry.
Parked up and set off about 3. Straight forward walk, followed the WH route so i'll try to keep teh words to a minimum.
Disappointed i'd ignored Ben Vrackie so long. Nice looking hill.
Quite a cold breeze blowing, and the rain came on as i crossed over by Loch a' Choire. Relating to a thread over in the general section, a Tornado was out for a bit of a fly-by.
Thought that was my fill of the sunshine, but there were fantastic views of the sun coming through the cloud to the west over Loch Tummel as i was ascending the steep section.
CLoud descended and the wind picked up. I spent some time chatting to a guy who'd overtaken my on the way up as he prepared for his descent. As if by magic, when we parted ways and i went up to grab a summit pic the cloud cleared.
The clouds may have cleared and the rain gone, but the icy wind was still there and it looked like more cloud was on teh way so i didn't hang about and headed back down.
I heard the sound of another plane. as i walked round Loch a' Choire. Didn't sound like a Tornado, and when i saw it i recognised the unmistakable shape of the Eurofighter. Wasn't quick enough with my camera though, this was the best i could do.
Coming down the ealach path to the main path i was rewarded with one of the best rainbows i've ever seen. Pictures don't do it justice. The primary rainbow was dazzling, and the secondary was nice and bright too.
A short day's walk but a good one. I'll definitely be revisiting Ben Vrackie. The only question left was should i hit the Moulin Inn for tea and one of their fine ales? I resisted the urge knowing i had a steak defrosting at home.
by Johnny Corbett » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:28 am
by Stretch » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:19 am
by Merry-walker » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:35 am
Yes, the Moulin Inn does lovely ales
by mountainstar » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:57 am
Like the sun-burst pictures very much.
Great hill for a half day that, done it a few times, inc. a Xmas morning from the Moulin Arms a few years ago
by ChrisW » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:01 am
So who made the "only a corbett" statement
by malky_c » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:48 am
ChrisW wrote:So who made the "only a corbett" statement
I'll put my money on his username beginning with an 'm'
by Graeme D » Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:48 pm
malky_c wrote:I'll put my money on his username beginning with an 'm'
Mmmmmmm!!!!!! I'm saying nothing!
Nathan, nice wee report on a hill I too have done numerous times but have few photos of and to this day have never posted a report for. First time I did it was on my wife's 30th when we stayed in Aberdeen and spent the weekend at the Moulin Hotel. A word of advice though - never resist the urge to partake of the wares at the Moulin, grasshopper!!! It is one of the great pubs. I actually spent a good whack of my stag weekend in the Moulin!
by nathan79 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:09 pm
I won't say the Corbett comment was made by someone beginning with "m", but it could have ended in "onty".
I've been in the Moulin Inn before, but it must've been about 5 or 6 years ago when i was working in the area for a week. I WILL make a return visit soon. For one thing i'd like to see how Ben Vrackie looks in winter.
In the meantime, i've already got my eyes on my next Corbett.
by ChrisW » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:16 pm
nathan79 wrote:I won't say the Corbett comment was made by someone beginning with "m", but it could have ended in "onty".
by ndhudson » Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:00 am
Don't know why anyone would balk at a hill as perty as this one!
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:48 am
by Bod » Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:54 pm
Vrackie is always a good walk and some fine land round about in the area. Been up many times in years gone by leading Scouts from camps based in the grounds of Blair Castle, plus more recent trips with friends and neighbours. Cheers the noo