Munro Bagging in Perthshire

Perthshire is known as the gateway to the highlands – and with a title like that, you know that you are in the right place for a hill walk or two.

For those that don’t know, Munros are Scottish mountains over 3000 feet (915 metres). Perthshire is home to 28 of the 282 Munros across Scotland and is the perfect place to dip your toe into the world of Munro bagging.
Weather you are a seasoned walker or just looking for something to keep the family busy – the perfect Munro is waiting for you!

Every Munro and hill walk in Perthshire delivers a stunning view, each with its own unique qualities and characteristics.

Here is a couple of our favourites to get you started Munro bagging in Perthshire.

 

1) Schiehallion

Schiehallion is probably one of the best know Munros in Scotland. Schiehallion, which translates from Gaelic as the ‘fairy hill of the Caledonians’ stands at 3,553 feet. If you are a Scottish lager fanatic, science geek or an outdoor explorer – changes are you have already heard of this one.

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If you haven’t heard of it, let me give you a little history lesson. Schiehallion has always been a popular area of the region, with evidence of the land being inhabited for as long as 3000 years. The mountain is commonly mistaken for an inactive volcano, however, it was actually formed by ice erosion during the Ice Ages.

If you are a since boffin, you might be interested to know that this mountain was involved in an important experiment to estimate the mass of the Earth in the late 18th century. The mountain was perfect for the experiment due to its symmetrical shape. Want to find out more about this experiment? Take a look at this great BBC video here.

Schiehallion sits 10 miles north-west of the idyllic town of Aberfeldy and overlooks Loch Tay, Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch. While public transport can be taken to Aberfeldy or Pitlochry, private transport will be needed to reach the Braes of Foss car park, where you can start the ascent of the mighty Schiehallion.

In hillwalking terms, Schiehallion is one of the easier Munros to bag. With a well-maintained footpath and a relatively easy to access makes it a perfect starting point for your Munro-bagging adventure (it also offers some stunning views too!)

Want to find out more about this Munro? Take a look here!

2)  Ben Chonzie

If you’re looking for a great hill walk that comes with the bragging rights of being a Munro, Ben Chonzie is a good place to start.

In the books of avid hill walkers, Ben Chonzie classed as one of the easiest Munros in Perthshire (and Scotland) to sink your teeth into. Nevertheless, this is a great walk to enjoy with the whole family which delivers some stunning views of the Perthshire and a great spot to see some local wildlife!

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Ben Chonzie sits between the Perthshire towns of Crieff and Comrie. This is a popular hillwalk for locals and tourists alike, as it offers a great introduction into the world of Munro bagging. The Munro itself can be And enjoys some amazing views of west Perthshire.

Want to find out more about this Munro? Take a look here!

3) Carn Liath on Beinn a’Ghlo

Unless you have access to a car or some form of private transport, accessing Munros can be very challenging.
Carn Liath on Beinn a’Ghlo is arguably one of the easier Munros in Perthshire to access without a car.

It’s worth knowing there is, there is a walk to get to the start of the Munro – you have been warned!

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Beinn a’Ghlo towers over Blair Atholl and with plenty of public transport links to the village, makes for a great hillwalking destination for those who don’t have access to a car. Take a look here if you would like to find out more about sustainable travel around Perthshire.

Beinn a’Ghlo is a huge, complex hill with many ridges, summits and corries, covering approximately 40 square kilometers. The mountain resembles a miniature mountain range more than a single peak, with three Munros across the mountain. These are Carn Liath (976m), Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1070m) and Càrn nan Gabhar (1122m).

The start of the walk is 4 km from the town centre, so be prepared for a long day. However, the Munro itself is a very relaxing walk with a prominent path right to the top.

Once at the top of this mountain, you are rewarded with some stunning views of Highland Perthshire, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar.

Want to find out more about this Munro? Take a look here!

 

2) The Cairnwell Munros

If you’re looking to do some serious Munro bagging in Perthshire, this is a great place to get some serious walks under your belt.

The Cairnwell Munros can be found behind the Glenshee Ski Centre (west side of the Cairnwell pass). While there are actually nine Munros around Glenshee, us mere mortals will struggle to tackle bag them all in a single day.

So, if you’re looking to tick a couple Munro’s off your list in a single trip, the Cairnwell Munros is a great place to start.

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While these Munros might not impress seasoned Munro baggers because of ski centre infrastructure and ‘lack of wilderness’ it’s nevertheless, a remote a beautiful part of Scotland. On the flip side of the coin, accessing the Cairnwell Munros is made easy due to the Glenshee Ski Centre Car Park.

Unlike a lot of Munros, there is a ski lift that can take visitors right to the top of Cairnwell (this doesn’t count as Munro Bagging!) However if you can resist the temptation to take the lift, you (probably) won’t regret it.

Find out more about this Munro here.

 

Over to you!

As you can see, there is a huge range of Munros in Perthshire to enjoy. Whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned walker, you are guaranteed to find an unforgettable trail here in Perthshire.

If you’re going to try one of these amazing Munros out please remember to come prepared with all the hillwalking essentials. Alternatively, there are various guided tours around Perthshire that would be happy to show you around our beautiful countryside. There are also some stunning walks and trails around Perthshire if you fancy a more relaxed walked.

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