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Round of Loch Turret

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This walk of some 17 km takes in three hills and circumnavigates, at altitude, Loch Turret. The approach is up the beautiful Glen Turret, which begins at Glenturret Distillery just north of Crieff. The road ends at Loch Turret dam where there is ample parking. If time is short, you may wish to descend to the loch after the ascent of Auchnafree Hill, otherwise a satisfying fuller day out can be enjoyed.

From the car park walk north up the track on the east side of the loch. After about 2 km, a burn cuts up the south slope of Ton Eich. Take to the hill on the north of the burn, and climb by faint paths on to the west spur of Ton Eich. Go east along the flat ridge, gradually bending north to follow a track for a short distance and so gain the south slope of Auchnafree Hill. In thick mist careful navigation will be needed to find the smaller of two cairns which is the summit of this Corbett at 789m. This flat, grassy hill is a paradise for hares!

If returning to the car park, descend WNW to the track along the loch and return by this. To continue the round, descend NW to go over A'Chairidh then cross the peaty Moine Bheag. Ahead are craggy slopes belonging to Biorach a'Mheannain; either avoid them on the right to gain point 755m, or contour left under them then up to the col WSW of that point.

From this col, at the head of Glen Turret, continue SW to Ben Chonzie (931m), the Munro of the day. A horseshoe-shaped wall protects from all but an east wind. The final hill of the day is visible to the SSE, with a broad, flat grassy ridge to traverse. Go a little way SW then descend to the ridge which may be walked anywhere, eventually crossing the head of the Allt nan Columan just east of the intermediary top of Meall na Seide. Again, in poor visibility careful navigation must be done to avoid costly errors.

The final summit is the fine triangular peak of Carn Chois (786m), a Corbett top. Looking over to the unassuming Auchnafree Hill, you may be excused for wondering why subjectivity is disallowed with the definition of Corbetts. A fine walled-in trig point allows a rest here before the final descent. Avoid craggy slopes to the east and head further south to skirt these and descend easy ground to pick up the track on the west bank of the loch and so back to the dam.

As a final temptation, if early enough you may take in a tour of one of Scotland's smallest, finest, oldest and most popular distilleries, Glenturret. Its malt whisky range is one of the best. Tel. 01764 656565 or see the website for info. Failing that, Crieff has all the usual answers to your needs after a thirsty day on the hills!


Maps: OS Sheet 51 'Loch Tay & Glen Dochart' & 52 'Pitlochry to Crieff'
Distance: 17 km
Ascent: 990 m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: Crieff


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