Rising over touristy Pitlochry and the wooded Pass of Killiecrankie, its stand-alone position on the edge of the highlands proper gives Ben Vrackie a nice spacious feel. The standard route on this accessible Corbett is a pleasant there-and-back leg stretch on an easy path; the route described here adds an optional loop to give a wee bit more body to the day.
Now on open moor the well-surfaced path passes beneath a power line, trending northeast as it climbs. At a junction stay right to cross a burn, continuing up to a pass between the little lumps Creag Bhreac and Meall na h-Aodainn Moire. At the next junction go right, then left at a third, skirting around the hillside to reach Loch a Choire, a shallow dammed lake with an odd boulder island.
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