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Walking guidebook to the highlands of Perthshire. Areas include Pitlochry, Rannoch, Aberfeldy, Ben Lawers and Ben Alder. 80 graded routes between Stirling and the Cairngorms explore grassy mountains and include 42 Munros, 22 selected Corbetts, 15 smaller hills and the Gaick and Minigaig passes. A range of walks for all abilities.
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This walking guidebook to Highland Perthshire has over 80 graded routes which explore the ridges, plateaus, glens and woodland of highland Perthshire. The mountains, or 'grassy green giants' include the 42 Munros, including Ben Lawers and Ben Adler, as well as 22 selected Corbetts, 15 smaller summits and the historic Atholl passes of Gaick and Minigaig - all within easy reach of Perth.
The hills of highland Perthshire are spacious and soothing, a place to relax after the rigours of Scotland’s rocky north and west. But relaxation is relative, when Scottish hills are concerned. Perthshire’s mountains may be soft edged and noted for their wild flowers, but easy they are not. They are jolly green giants and, from Schiehallion to Atholl, from Rannoch to Ben Vrackie, there are a lot of them.
The nature of the landscape here results in heather and pebble-strewn plateaus and rounded ridges, with a break from the scrambling other Scottish ranges require. However, the lumpy tussocks and high heather can make walking strenuous even at lower levels. Each route is categorised by landscape; forest and riverside, moorland and hills or mountains, to help you gauge which routes fit your tastes and abilities. There is a real variety of skill levels catered for, from shorter walks on clear paths with little ascent, to day-long challenges with steep climbs and descents. Several routes also include pathless stretches and so require navigation skills, especially in bad weather.
Routes are grouped into ten geographical areas: Comrie and Crieff, Killin and Glen Lochay, Glen Lyon, Bridge of Orchy, Perth and Dunkeld, Aberfeldy, Tummel and Loch Rannoch, Rannoch Moor, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl and Drumochter. Information about places of interest along the way, as well as wildlife, geology and history are included, as are practical details on the deer stalking season, when to go, and getting around Highland Perthshire are also included.
On the 'Location of Routes' overview map, the boundary marked is of the current Perth & Kinross District ('Perthshire') rather than the old county of Perthshire (which included Ben More and Ben Lui) as indicated.
Dunalistair Hotel: closed, in receivership Winter 2012
Routes 30, 31, 32: Coire Achaladair now has a micro hydro scheme, with a smooth new track for the lower part of routes above Achallader farm.
Jolly green giants
When to go
Safety in the mountains
Compass and GPS
Using this guide
1 Meal na Fearna to Ben Vorlich
2 Beinn Dearg
3 Water of Ruchill
4 Comrie: Deil’s Caldron
5 Glen Tarken tracks
6 Ben Chonzie and Auchnafree Hill
7 Crieff, its Knock, and River Earn
8 Glen Almond and the Lochan Slot
9 Looking at Loch Tay: Meall Clachach
10 Cam Chreag and Ben Challu
11 Beinn nan Imirean, Meall Glas
12 The Tarmachans
13 Edramucky Burn
14 Up and down from the Lairig road
15 Lawers Four from Lawers village
16 The Cat’s Bowl (descent)
17 Down via Beinn Ghlas to Lawers village (descent)
18 Glen Lyon: Da-Eig Circuit
19 Carn Mairg from Fortingall
20 Back of Schiehallion
21 The Black Crag of Glen Lyon
22 Beinn Dearg and the Mairgs
23 Meall Ghaordaidh from Glen Lyon
24 Around Loch an Daimh
25 Beinn Heasgarnich and Creag Mhor
26 Beinn a’ Chaisteal and Beinn nam Fuaran
27 Beinn Mhanach, the Monk
28 Dorain and Dothaidh Bridge of Orchy from the back
29 Bridge of Orchy to Beinn Dorain, Beinn an Dothaidh
30 Beinn Mhanach long crossing
31 Rannoch Edge: Chreachain and Achaladair
32 Beinn an Dothaidh from Achallader
33 The Lyon side: Chreachain, Achaladair, Mhanach
34 Perth and Kinnoull Hill
35 Dunkeld, Birnam Hill and the Tay
36 Tracks to Loch Skiach
37 Craig Lochie
38 Farragon Hill from Strathtay
39 Aberfeldy: Rob and Rabbie
40 Aberfeldy and the Tay
41 Kenmore and the Tay
42 Falls of Acharn
43 Falls of Acharn to Creag an Sgliata
44 Creagan na Beinne and Ardtalnaig
45 Creag Uchdag
46 Schiehallion end to end
47 Schiehallion Foot: Limestone and McGregor’s Cave
48 Craig Varr and Kinloch Rannoch
49 Beinn a’ Chuallaich
50 Black Wood of Rannoch
51 Walk in to Benalder Cottage
52 Ben Alder from Benalder Cottage
53 Benalder Cottage to Culra Bothy via Beinn Bheoil
54 Benalder Cottage to Culra Bothy via Bealach Beithe (and in reverse)
55 Walk/ride in to Culra Bothy
56 Long Leachas from Culra Bothy
57 Short Leachas from Culra Bothy
58 Ben Alder to Bealach Breabag (descent)
59 The Road to the Isles
60 Two Munros and Beinn Pharlagain
61 Meall Buidhe and Cam Chreag
62 Tracks to the Foxes Bog
64 Pitlochry and its loch
65 Ben Vrackie and River Garry
66 Blair Castle to Glen Tilt
67 Glen Tilt and Carn a’ Chlamain
68 Old Bridge of Tilt to Dearg, Mheadhonach
69 Bruar Falls and Glen Banvie
70 Bruar Falls and Blair
71 Around Beinn a’ Ghlo (with optional ascent of Ben Vuirich)
72 Beinn a’ Ghlo from Loch Moraig
73 Carn nan Gabhar north ridge to Glen Tilt (descent)
74 Glen Tilt to Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain by Carn Torcaidh
75 Glen Tilt
76 Minigaig Pass to Glen Feshie
77 Minigaig Pass the ancient way
78 Gaick Pass
79 A’ Bhuidheanach Bheag by the Crooked Corrie
80 Udlamains and the Sow
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Access (especially in the stalking season)
Appendix C Shops, accommodation and transport