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Walks in Crieff

A breath of fresh air…

It’s important to get those legs going and breathing in the countryside air. All together now… breathe in, breathe out. So, as we are a big fan of a walk here at Crieff Hydro, we thought we’d put some of our favourite walks in the area together for you for your daily exercise. These walks are scenic and if we’re honest, make you appreciate the beautiful area we live in (if we don’t say so ourselves…). We’ve ranged these walks from Lovable Locals (easy), Wandering Warriors (medium) and Hiking Heroes (hard), to make it easy for you to choose.

 

Lovable Locals


For those looking for more of a donder than a hike. We recommend The Knock and Lady Mary’s Walk! The Knock is a short, slightly steep hill right next to our self-catering lodges and the hotel. It’s wooded so you can listen to the birds sing. Once you get to the top, you will see the fantastic views across Strathearn.

Secondly, Lady’s Mary Walk is a riverside walk with a gentle climb. Listen to that calming stream.

What’s more – there’s an abundance of smaller walks on your doorstep including the Cinder path and Lovers Walk (just head to Action Glen and continue down towards the quarry).

Wandering Warriors


These walks are a bit steeper and get those glutes going! Firstly, we’d recommend the Dundurn. It’s an isolated rock-filled climb where you’ll come across the cell of St Fillans and the site of a Pictish fort. It’s certainly an adventure!

Something a bit closer to home is Laggan Hill – as it says on the tin, this circular path climbs Laggan Hill, which offers views over Torlum Hill and Strathearn. We’d recommend taking a small detour at the summit to visit the Puddock (frog) pond, before descending back through the woodland and joining up with Lady Mary’s walk.

Hiking Heroes


Now our ‘hiking heroes’ will certainly get those legs burning but the views are worth it. For those looking for a challenge, these may be just the ticket!

For those looking for something a bit more intense, how about meeting Ben? We’re afraid it’s not Ben Affleck, but Ben Chonzie. Pronounced“Ben Hon-zie”m its name comes from the Gaelic meaning “the mossy mountain”. Standing at over 931m, it’s one of the easier Munros to embark on. There are two ways to ascend this Munro with the most popular being from Glen Lednock, just outside Comrie. Top tip – keep your eyes peeled for mountain hares – Ben Chonzie has a large population of these fast-running creatures, whose coat changes from brown to white in the winter.

What’s better than one Munro but two!! Ben Vorlich and its neighbouring Munro, Stuc a’ Chroin, dominate the landscape of 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. Top tip – 3/4 of the way up, there’s an ideal picture spot with a stone shaped like a love heart!

That’s 3 down, just another 279 Munros until your a full-fledged Munroist!

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