Ben Chonzie looks like a big flat hilltop when seen from the A9 or the railway between Perth and Stirling. And it is, which is probably why it's often regarded as a boring Munro. However on this hike I took in the full circuit of Loch Turret and found it offered more points of interest than many other climbs. From the unusually shapely cairns, to the wildlife, this was a better walk than I'd expected. But the full circuit is a strenuous undertaking - you can make it easier if you wish by returning on the track along the east side of the loch.
- I'll remember most the carpet of wildflowers at the start
- The best bit was taking my boots off at the end!
- The worst bit was the trudge over Achnafree Hill and the final climb which followed
- I was surprised by the impressive crags overlooking Loch Turret, and the cairns!
- I hadn't expected to see a weasel on one of the hilltops
- I HAD expected to find some sort of trail back down at the end, but didn't!
- The walk made me reflect on the attractions of circular routes, and walking alone
- Words of warning - take care on the rocky descent of Carn Chois, and on the narrow road up to the dam!
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|Location||About 8 miles north-west of Crieff, at the head of Glen Turret|
|Date walked||10 September 2006|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Requires plenty of stamina and navigation skills for the full circuit|
|Distance||20 km / 12 miles|
|Height climbed||1230m / 4035 ft approx|
|Time taken||6 hrs|
|Map used||OS Landranger sheet 52 1:50,000, Pitlochry to Crieff.|
|Walk source info||Worked out from the map|
|Getting there||Drove to the dam at Loch Turret|
|Places to stay||In Crieff and Comrie|