Ben Vrackie

Ben Vrackie
Ben Vrackie

Ben Vrackie

Its height of  2759 feet makes Ben Vrackie a Corbett.  (Corbetts are hills over 2500 in height)

It is easily accessible from Pitlochry with free parking available.

The first part of the climb is an easy gradient on a well made path through woods and across moorland until you reach Loch a' Choire at the base of the final main ascent.

The last part is a very steep climb to the summit with the reward of fantastic views all round from the top.

The round trip should take around 4 hours.

 

Ben Vrackie Location

Ben Vrackie Start Point

From Pitlochry, take the A924 towards Moulin. and turn left immediately past the Moulin Hotel.

Go over a small bridge, and as the road turns to the left, you'll see the signposted track for Ben Vrackie continuing straight ahead.

Follow the track to the car park.  Note that this is a popular climb, and the car park can fill up, so an early start is recommended.

However, at the time of writing, an overflow car park was under construction.

Part 1

From the car park, there is a signposted path that crosses a road, and takes you first though some woodland, and then leads at a fairly gentle gradient onto open moorland.

You are always climbing though, and you will soon see Ben Vrackie ahead.  It is worth taking a few moments at the viewpoint bench to have a rest and admire the already impressive scenery.

Ben Vrackie Viewpoint
Ben Vrackie Viewpoint

Part 2

The path continues through the heather moor and finally as you round a corner on the path, you get your first view of Loch a' Choire, lying at the foot of Ben Vrackie

The path to the foot of Ben Vrackie
The path to the foot of Ben Vrackie

Part 3

Now you can see the path heading steeply up the final part of the climb.

The final steep ascent of Ben Vrackie
The final steep ascent of Ben Vrackie

Part 4

In fact, the final part of the climb is much like a giant stone staircase, so although tiring, it isn't technically difficult.

The path up Ben Vrackie
The path up Ben Vrackie

Part 5

The summit is reached before you know it.  No false summits, no surprises - just suddenly you are there.

The views from the top are magnificent, and there is a  viewpoint to help explain what you are seeing....

 

Viewpoint marker on top of Ben Vrackie
Viewpoint marker on top of Ben Vrackie

.....If you can stand up that is!   The day we climbed it was breezy on the way up, but at the top, we could barely stand!

See the video in this post of me trying to stay steady enough in the wind to take a photograph.

The summit of Ben Vrackie
The summit of Ben Vrackie
View from the top of Ben Vrackie
View from the top of Ben Vrackie

Trying to stay upright on the summit of Ben Vrackie.

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