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Sunday, 20 August 2017

A walk in the Perthshire hills – Fonab Castle – Killiecrankie – Bealach na Searmoin – Pitlochry – Fonab

 Heading up from Killiecrankie 
with the purple heather

In contrast to yesterday day has been a nice dry day – bright in the morning but clouding over late morning before the cloud lifting mid-afternoon. We started off from Fonab Castle where we are spending the weekend and walking upstream close to the River Tummel to Killiecrankie. Much of the walk was through pine forest with attractive views down onto the river.

When we got to the Killiecrankie Visitors' Centre we decided that we had enough time to head to Pitlochry by way of the hills – taking the more energetic option (The Bealach Walk) with some 1800 feet of climbing included..... This walk takes you up to the Bealach na Searmoin (a pass) and then straight back down into Pitlochry.  

 Leaving the Killiecrankie Valley behind 
 Looking westwards 
 Well up on the way to the 
Bealach na Searmoin
 from Killiecrankie
looking north west 
 Almost at the top of the Bealach na Searmoin with 
the option of further climbing to the peak – Ben-y- Vrackie (declined)
Even at the top of the pass you hear the noise of the traffic on the A9. 
This is on the north side. However, over the top on the south side the traffic noise disappears 
Over the top of the pass – very different vista looking southwards 
– towards Perth much more gentle with the 
Falkland Hills in the very far distance

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