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More wilds of Glen Tilt

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More wilds of Glen Tilt

This was our little Easter Weekend treat - a whole weekend in Blair Atholl and more Glen Tilt. What a stunning area - I may seriously be in love by now. 

Queen Victoria called Glen Tilt 'the prettiest view she's ever seen' - and that says something, doesn't it?

The weather was gorgeous (despite really cold, wintery forecast) and the views over the Beinn Mheadhonach and later on over Carn a'Chlamain were breathtaking.

I was glad though we were safely nested in the Glen rather than climbing any of those big boys as it looked really icy up there. 

If you are interested in visiting the glen, look at WalkHighlands website. if you prefer a shorter walk, just as ours then just start at the Blair Castle, walk up to the Shooting Range and through it, and just follow the river. Walk as far as your legs allow you, preserve your strength for the journey back the same way though. Marble Lodge is around 5miles away from the castle and should take you around 3h to walk. 

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Wilds of Glen Tilt

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Wilds of Glen Tilt

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Glen Tilt is a little gem. Nested next to the stunning Blair Castle, offer you an idyllic woods, clear wild water and lofty peaks. 

This route is just a wee walk but absolutely stunning and worth the journey. The easiest way is to start from the car park just beyond the Old Bridge of Tilt (or just walk from the castle). Walking up the hill you see on the pictures with Cooper looking down can make you feel a little bit like Sisyphus rolling his immense boulder up the hill only for it to roll down when it nears the top. But luckily, once you are at the top, struggle is over and the rest of the journey is down hill.

You will be passing river Tilt as well as many little waterfalls which are just stunning. Be careful in spring as sheep are everywhere and you MUST keep your dogs on the lead. 

The whole route shouldn't take you more than 2hours 30 minutes. The tracks are good with paths. It's about 6km.  

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Ben Cleuch - pretty damn good idea for a adventurous hike.

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Ben Cleuch - pretty damn good idea for a adventurous hike.

Not a Munro, not even a Corbett but pretty damn good hill to walk. Ben Cleuch may not appeal to many as it's not on the 'list' of fancy pants mountains to climb but to me it was one of the most satisfactory hikes I have done for a while (I'm even eating my celebratory dark chocolate as I type this).

It is the highest point in the Ochil Hills - 721 metres (2,365 ft) high and can be approached from many directions. Today was such a wonderfully clear day, the views were excellent! Particularly those to the north looking towards the Southern Highlands. Ben Lomond and my second favourite - Ben Vorlich were especially prominent. Looking to the south gave excellent views over the Forth Valley region, the Forth bridges (the new Ferry Crossing!) and Edinburgh to the east, Glasgow to the west: almost a coast to coast view but not quite. I swear I could see Dundee at some point. 

I have used WalkHighlands for inspiration - if you want to follow my route just click here. They describe it really well, much better than if I attempted to write all of this down. 

Just be warmed - when they say 'steep' they really do mean freakishly STEEP! I was lucky Cooper the whippet was wearing his new Ruffwear harness as otherwise he would break his back. With the harness I was able to lift him and help him on some of the steeper parts. Otherwise he is a born mountain junkie and did very well for a wee whippet. 

 

 

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