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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Distance: 7 miles (11.30 km)
Total ascent: 813m
Steepest Gradient: 39% (1 in 3)
Time: 3:30 hours (Walking)
SummitsBen Vrackie 841 m
Woodland car park reached via a steep uphill drive from Moulin (to get here go left at the hotel, then take the next right), NN943597
An obvious, well-made path all the way up; the optional extension over Meall an Daimh is pathless.
A good hill for winter novices, though if it's icy the final ascent can feel quite steep.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath – Met Office: East Highlands
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by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com