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Ben Vrackie

Ben Vrackie


Postby colinwatson » Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:18 pm

Route description: Ben Vrackie, near Pitlochry

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Vrackie

Date walked: 30/06/2016

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 10 km

Ascent: 700m

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A short hop up to Pitlochry to climb a hill I had not been on since 1997 - Ben Vrackie, the hill with the four memorial benches on its slopes!

Parked at Moulin, where there are plenty of spaces, although I would imagine that it must get quite busy at weekends. A torrential downpour just as we parked delayed our start a bit, but after 10 minutes, we were making our way up the path. We were glad to get out of the stuffy air in the forrest to enjoy the fresher conditions on the moor and pressed on the the first bench to have our tea break.

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Ben Vrackie from just past the first bench


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Looking south to Pitlochry and the A9 corridor


The path in 1997 was fine, but there has been a lot of work done on it since and it made for pleasant walking up to Loch a'Coire.

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Almost at the loch


The only climbing of any note is after the loch, but the path follows some very sensible gradients.

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Ben Vrackie from the loch


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Looking north to Schiehallion from just below the summit


Not too far from here to the top.

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The summit!


The view to the north really opens out at the top, although it was cold enough for thermal hats and gloves!

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Beinn a'Ghlo


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Looking south east


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The view west to the Road to the Isles and Schiehallion


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Looking down to the loch, with Pitlochry beyond


After enjoying our excellent sandwiches, we retraced our steps back down the path. Once out of the wind, it was good to remove a few layers of clothing!

All in all, a very enjoyable day out on a cracking wee hill.
colinwatson
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