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Ben Vrackie


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
841 m (2759 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
101 of 222 Corbetts
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Speckled hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Ben Vrackie is a very popular hill overlooking Pitlochry and offers magnificent views. It is an irregular hill, rough and craggy in places, although the ascent from Moulin is very straight-forward.

Ben Vrackie has several ridges; a main ridge runs NE then N to Meall Breac (696m) and this has an E spur to Carn Geal (776m); a second main ridge runs NW to Meall an Daimh (722m) and this has a SW spur to Meall na Moine. All ridges are craggy in places.

Hazards you may encounter on Ben Vrackie include
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Southeastern Highlands
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Cairn Bannoch
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Ben Vrackie Area Map
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 Routes that include Ben Vrackie
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 756 m 10.14 km 3.5 hrs Ben Vrackie  A straight-forward ascent of a popular mountain. There crags at summit, so navigate with care in poor visibility.  

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Ben Vrackie Jan'15

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

A big thanks to my wonderful girlfriend Marie who treated me to a couple of nights in Pitlochry for my birthday - and didn't mind me wandering up Ben Vrackie while her back was turned!

© Gavin White

Image by Gavin White

Me and Billy (not being co-operative) at the top of Ben Vrackie with the three munros of Beinn A' Ghlo behind.

© John MacBean

Image by John MacBean

me at top Ben Vrackie 2nd July 2011

© David Peden

Image by David Peden
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Scott Blair
wrote on
April 26, 2012
I think that photie of John and his dug "failing to cooperate" is first class. Cheered me up, anyway. :0)
Michael Mclaughlin
wrote on
December 30, 2011
a very straight forward hill but if you get this on a nice day its a quality walk , the path up to the summit is excellent condition with good reference points all the way up , i took the dog with me and there was plenty of other dogs on the hill too. the summit is exposed so a bit of warm kit recommended however a good hill
Bob Burrell
wrote on
November 19, 2011
A second overflow car park has been created approximately 100m below the original small car park.
Andrew Blair
wrote on
May 12, 2010
We had a brilliant day out on Ben Vrackie, the weather was great, the path superbly constructed (this walk is ideal if you want to stay clean!) & the hill itself far exceeded expectations. The 'half-way' loch makes for a pretty lunch stop & the final, steep section makes you work hard for your Corbett. It is worth it though when you get your first view of the Beinn a'Ghlo massif. Magnificent! We spent half an hour on the summit & subsidiary peaks watching the showers encircling us before one got too close & we decided to make our way down. A nice meal at the Moulin Hotel ended the day nicely.
Ronald Keir
wrote on
May 3, 2010
Lovely day as is Ben Vrackie pathway is very good gradual incline getting to the dam but from there on its a steady climb all the way up with no let up. Views are superb carn laith etc to the north river tay to the south and a whole host of other mountains etc all around. A lovely day out. Excellent for anyone like me with dogs !!

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