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This Corbett is very popular, partly by virtue of its proximity to Pitlochry and also because it is such a fine viewpoint. The path has been elevated to the extent that much of it falls just short of feeling carpeted! The first 100m or so, from the car park about 400m north of Moulin village, lies on OS sheet 52. The track is so well signed however that if you can find Pitlochry, turn off the main road for Moulin on the A924, then reach the car park, you can dispense with the sheet 52.

From the car park, take the track north through a fine stand of mature trees by a burn. There are several benches by the track for enjoying the view or re-tying bootlaces. About one kilometre north of the car park the path splits, with a track marked Bealach path going left. Continue on the Vrackie path. On the open hillside the path curves gently NNE to go over a low col lying under some rocks on the SE flank of Meall na h-Aodainn Moire. The old path can be seen below, on boggy ground. Instead, stay on the super highway and head for the dam at Loch a'Choire.

Jump over the outflow at its end and head up steeper ground. Much of the way has been expertly laid with rocks and a staircase will help you maintain cruising speed. The only complication might arise in winter when some ice can build up over sections of the staircase.

The path leads up under the east face of Vrackie before turning back up left for the summit. The actual summit boasts a viewpoint indicator, with a trig point a few metres to the north. It's best kept for a clear day, as there are many points of interest visible from here, from Stirling in the south to Ben Nevis in the north.

You may return by the approach but for a circuit descend to the west before turning south once past craggy ground to reach flat ground just west of Loch a'Choire. Go south to pick up a path, which contours under the wee hill with the long name (Meall na h-Aodainn Moire). The top of this is just above you and easily reached, otherwise continue rounding the hill to reach the bealach then descend to rejoin the approach path just over one kilometre north of the car park.

 

Maps: OS Sheet 42 'Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch'
Distance: 8.5 km (10.5 km returning by Bealach Path)
Ascent: 640 m (780 m taking in the wee hill)
Time: 4 hours, add another 30 minutes if returning by the Bealach Path
Food & Drink: The Moulin Inn is the closest hostelry, while Pitlochry has all the usual entrapments with the addition of a fine distillery (tour included).

 

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