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Explore Highland Perthshire with a Cicerone guidebook

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11 Jun 2013
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Walking Highland Perthshire

by Ronald Turnbull
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

  • clusters of ascents described for some key summits: Ben Dorain, Ben Lawers, Beinn a’ Ghlo and Ben Alder
  • ascents of 42 Munros and 22 Corbetts as well as a selection of low-level routes
  • all illustrated with 1:50K and 1:100K mapping
  • Seasons
    April to August for all routes, with April and May the best of all; autumn is great under the trees, but not necessarily on the hills with gales and rain fairly common, and some stalking season restrictions mid-August to 21 October; winter is good for the low level routes, and can also be magnificent on the high mountains for those suitably experienced and equipped
  • Centres
    Comrie, Crieff, Aberfeldy, Killin, Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl
  • Difficulty
    Routes are graded low/medium/mountain, and for difficulty from 1: clear smooth paths, with no steep sections to 5: featureless plateau requiring compass bearings in mist or pathless forest; heather tramping; remote high ground; long steep rough ascents and descents; rocky ground and easy scrambling. No serious scrambling
  • Must See
    Ben Lawers, Schiehallion, Beinn a' Ghlo; historic passes through the wilds of Atholl; Perthshire's 'big tree country' at Birnam Wood, under the Birks of Aberfeldy, at Fortingall's ancient yew tree; the great rivers Garry and Tay

Correction to the June 2013 printing

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.


October 2013

p315 Kinloch Rannoch information

Dunalistair Hotel: closed, in receivership Winter 2012

October 2015

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   
Trees, please!   
When to go   
Safety in the mountains   
Compass and GPS   
Using this guide   

PART 1: Comrie and Crieff   

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   

PART 2: Killin and Glen Lochay   

9    Looking at Loch Tay: Meall Clachach   
10    Cam Chreag and Ben Challu    
11    Beinn nan Imirean, Meall Glas   
12    The Tarmachans   

Summit summary: Ben Lawers   

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   

PART 3: Glen Lyon   

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   

PART 4: Bridge of Orchy   

Summit summary: Beinn Dorain   

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   

PART 5: Perth and Dunkeld   

34    Perth and Kinnoull Hill   
35    Dunkeld, Birnam Hill and the Tay   
36    Tracks to Loch Skiach   
37    Craig Lochie   

PART 6: Aberfeldy   

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   

PART 7: Tummel and Loch Rannoch   

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   

Summit summary: Ben Alder   

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)   

PART 8: Rannoch Moor   

59    The Road to the Isles   
60    Two Munros and Beinn Pharlagain   
61    Meall Buidhe and Cam Chreag   
62    Tracks to the Foxes Bog   
63    Leagag   

PART 9: Pitlochry and Blair Atholl   

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   

Summit summary: Beinn a’ Ghlo   

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   

PART 10: Drumochter   

The Atholl Passes   

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   

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