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Highland hillwalking holidays at The Wellwood Guest House Pitlochry

Ben Vrackie

For those of you who are outdoor people the walk up to the top of Ben Vrackie is a must.
Ben Vrackie is indelibly associated with the town of Pitlochry at its foot, and has for long been an extremely popular ascent for those visiting the town. The summit is a great viewpoint and the ascent follows good paths through woodland, open moorland and past picturesque Loch a' Choire. The route description includes two optional extensions to make longer walks.
The walk is fairly easy along well made paths though there are a couple of steep sections.
The starting point for the Ben Vrackie walk is the car park west of Moulin.
Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly.



Schiehallion in Perthshire is one of Scotland's best known landmarks and hills.
Translated as ‘fairy hill of the Caledonians’, Schiehallion is 3,547 ft (1,083 m) high, has an almost perfect conical shape when viewed from the west and enjoys a splendid isolation from other peaks. Hillwalkers, locals and visitors alike affectionately regard this hill as the `Matterhorn of Perthshire`.
The mountain holds a unique place in scientific history. In the 18th century Schiehallion was chosen as the site of the first ever measurement of the mass of the earth by the Astronomer Royal, Neville Maskelyne, in 1774. The calculation was based on the way that the mountains own mass caused a pendulum to pull away from the vertical.
The John Muir Trust owns 935 hectares of the mountain including the summit and path and the wonderfully wild Gleann Mor on the southern side. The trust is aiming to bring new life into the mountain and has done extensive restoration work on the footpath.
Visitors can take a short stroll from the Braes of Foss car park or, for experienced hillwalkers with a high level of fitness, climb to the summit to enjoy invigorating wild views over the Great Moor of Rannoch.
Whilst on Schiehallion look out for birds of prey soaring and hunting over the mountain and moorland such as grouse, ptarmigan and whinchats. Walkers may also catch sight of red deer moving gracefully across the hilly terrain.


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