Crieff is a favourite destination for outdoors enthusiasts who are drawn to its stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife. The town even boasts its own walking festival – Crieff and Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst (www.droverstryst.com) – which showcases the area’s impressive network of paths and trails for a week every Autumn. For the more adventurous, no less than seven Munros are accessible within an easy 1.5 hour drive.
- Ben Chonzie (931m)
Ben Chonzie (pronounced as Ben-y Hone) has the unfortunate distinction of being considered one of Scotland’s most boring Munros. That said it offers stunning views in all directions over Strathearn to Loch Tay. Ben Chonzie can be approached from a start point at Invergeldie, Glen Lednock, near Comrie or, for a longer walk, try the ascent from Loch Turret, near Crieff.
- Ben Vorlich (985m)
Ben Vorlich and its neighbouring Munro, Stuc a’ Chroin, dominate the landscape of the National Park around them with unbeatable views over sparkling Loch Earn. The ascent is relatively straightforward which makes it suitable for beginners, and if you feel confident you can add on the trickier hike up Stuc a’ Chroin and bag two Munros in one day.
- Stuc a Chroin (975m)
If you want to bag two Munros on the same day then you can tick off Stuc a Chroin and Ben Vorlich as a double. Unlike the easier Ben Vorlich, the route to Stuc a’Chroin involves steep, rocky terrain with some slight scrambling, whilst the return crosses boggy, eroded ground.
- Schiehallion (1083m)
The ‘Fairy Hill of the Caledonians’ is one of Scotland’s most distinctive Munros and a favourite with walkers for awe-inspiring views out across Perthshire and Rannoch Moor to the peaks of Glen Coe. The boulder field and false summits are a good test for your basic hill walking skills and the path is easy to follow. Fun fact: Schiehallion has a unique place in scientific history as the location for an 18th-century “weighing the world” experiment http://www.mathscareers.org.uk/article/weighing-world/
- Ben Lawers (1214m)
The Ben Lawers mountain range is found on the north side of Loch Tay in the central Highlands. Popular with hillwalkers, on a clear day, you can enjoy views from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea. The Ben Lawers are part of the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, which has been designated for the area’s rare alpine and arctic plants.
- Carn Mairg (1041m)
Càrn Mairg is commonly climbed with the other three Munros of the Càrn Mairg group (Meall Garbh, Meall nan Aighean and Càrn Gorm) on the northern side of Glen Lyon on the Chesthill Estate. The mountain’s name translates from the Gaelic as; Hill of Sorrow’ or ‘Hill of the Dead’, this is said to commemorate Saint Eonan turning back an outbreak of the plague.
- Carn Gorm (1029m)
Take in the dramatic cliff scenery of the northern corries before tackling this famous peak, which offers great views of the surrounding National Park. You might even spot an elusive ptarmigan on your climb. Hillwalkers get a head start on this Munro because the car park is so high.