Walking Up Ben Vrackie

Ben Vrackie is part of the fabric of Pitlochry. When you come to stay with us, you should consider taking on the challenge of climbing to the top of this beautiful peak. As it is one of the Corbetts (Scottish mountain with summits between 2,500 and 3,000 feet), it is an achievable walk for most people, and still offers some stunning views.

The Walk

The walk begins in the car park at Moulin. Because the trail is popular, the car park can become busy, especially during summer weekends. Starting out from Pitlochry makes the walk a few kilometres longer, but offers more parking options.

The footpath is well signposted and starts from the back of the upper car park. You begin your climb walking through beech trees which soon open up into open moorland.

The heather studded moorlands will give you some magnificent vistas, including the summit you are aiming for. After crossing stepping stones over a stream, you begin the climb. The climb is quite steep, but the path is relatively well-maintained, and the views are spectacular.

The whole walk, start to finish, is just over 10 km, or 13 if you start from Pitlochry. If the conditions are mild, you should expect the walk to take you around 3.5 -4 hours. If you are not an experienced hill walker, it is best to tackle this walk in summer as the weather and conditions can be treacherous in winter.

An Alternative Route

If you don't fancy a hill climb, you can still enjoy a lovely walk around the lower slopes of Ben Vrackie. The Bealach Walk is a 17km route that winds around the moorlands of Ben Vrackie. The whole route forms a loop, but you can easily join on and walk smaller sections of it. It is an easy to follow, fully waymarked trail.

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