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    Ben Vrackie Walk

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    787 m
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    Ben Vrackie Walk

    Lording over the town of Pitlochry, which is nestled at its foot, sits Ben Vrackie (841 m), a classified Scottish Corbett and makes for a cracking hillwalk in Cairngorms National Park. The 10.0 km walk can be done in under 4 hours and is a great way to seize some incredible views across the park following a well-worn path. The ascent is steep, but walkers will be well rewarded by the views from the summit. It’s a popular hillwalk in the area, particularly for those visiting or staying in the town of Pitlochry.

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    Route Description for Ben Vrackie Walk

    The Ben Vrackie Walk located near Pitlochry, in Perthshire Scotland, is a popular hillwalk in Cairngorms National Park and features a thrilling climb on a good path to the summit of the peak at 841 m. The ascent is steep and gruelling at times, but those with a decent level of fitness and a willingness to persevere should fare well. The hill path is usually quite dry, but if hill walking in the winter, ensure you have the proper equipment with you including an ice axe and crampons.

    Ben Vrackie towers over the charming town of Pitlochry, found just to the hills north and is a popular hiking destination for locals and visitors alike. The walk invites you to tackle an ascent of 787 m to reach the summit at 841m, where views of Beinn a Ghlò, and the rolling Cairngorms beyond are nothing short of mesmerizing.

    From the Ben Vrackie car park set out up the tarmac road to reach a second car park on the right after about 250 m. From the second car park, you’ll want to join the footpath, which is signed and leads uphill through some trees. Crossing another track, you’ll then continue uphill before turning left onto another track. Cross a bridge and make your way through the woodland, reaching a gate that opens to moorland.

    Pass through the gate and capture your first glances at Ben Vrackie up ahead. The River Tummel and Pitlochry provide lovely views over your shoulder as you continue to climb the main path. Another gate leads you to continue making your way uphill, then soon descends, leading you towards Loch a’ Choire. After rounding the corner, you’ll spot the steep path ahead which paves the way for the climb up towards the summit, just beyond the loch. Press on, crossing a small dam and begin the main ascent on stepping stones that climb steeply uphill.

    The stone staircase will eventually lead you to the summit at 841 m, marked by a viewpoint marker and opening to sensational views out to Beinn a Ghlò the Cairngorms. Soak in the moment, as you congratulate yourself for conquering a Scottish Corbett, and proceed with the descent whenever you’re ready.

    Return via the same path, heading downhill until you are approaching Loch a’ Choire. From here, take the path that branches off to the right, taking you around the edge of the loch. Stick to the main path, which is waymarked in yellow, and continue to revel in the views, with Blair Atholl up ahead in the distance. When a T-junction is reached, turn left to head slightly uphill which leads you to return to the Ben Vrackie outward path, which you’ll turn right on to head further downhill to return to the start of the walk.

    Trail Highlights

    Ben Vrackie

    Ben Vrackie stands at 841m high and is a mountain found in the Cairngorms National Park, specifically located in Perthshire, Scotland. The peak is popular with hillwalkers and features incredible views from the summit out over the park, down to Pitlochry as well as the surrounding glens.

    Other Great Walks in Cairngorms National Park

    Check out our trail guides to Ben Magdui, Loch Muick, Loch an Eilein, and the Mount Keen Walk. Or see all of our Cairngorms walks.

    Insider Hints for Ben Vrackie Walk

    • Ben Vrackie is a popular location for those wishing to wild camp in the Cairngorms National Park. For more information on permits for wild camping, follow this link.
    • Pitlochry is a delightful town nestled at the foot of Ben Vrackie. The Old Mill Inn is a favourite spot for hillwalkers to have a pint or a bite to eat following the walk.
    • For toilet facilities, head to Pitlochry.
    • Keep your eyes peeled for red grouse, red deer and the evasive mountain hare while enjoying this walk.

    Getting to the Ben Vrackie Walk Trailhead

    To get to the Ben Vrackie Walk, from the Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre, take Armoury Rd to Atholl Rd/A924 and continue for 0.6 km. Follow the A924 to Baledmund Road then continue 1.4 km before turning left onto Baledmund Road. Continue 0.3 km straight ahead to reach the Ben Vrackie Car Park.

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