Ben Chonzie

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Ben Chonzie
Perthshire
Ben Chonzie.jpg
Near the summit of Ben Chonzie, looking across to Biorach a' Mheannain
Range: Crieff and Loch Earn Hills
Summit: 3,054 feet NN773308

Ben Chonzie, also known as Ben-y Hone,[1], is a mountain in Perthshire. It reaches a height of 3,054 feet at its summit and so qualifies as a Munro.

The mountain's name is the Gaelic Beinn a' Chòinnich, meaning "Mossy Mountain".[2]) It is to be found 6.8 miles northwest of Crieff.

This is the highest point of a large area of moorland and rounded hills between Loch Earn and Loch Tay, and with a broad, flat summit and relatively few distinguishing features, it is often regarded as one of the least interesting of the Munros.[3]

Ascent

Ben Chonzie is most often climbed from Invergeldie (Comrie) to the southwest; however it can also be climbed from the southeast by way of Glen Turret. The latter is longer but presents walkers with a more interesting and scenic ascent, having an array of buttresses and cliffs which can be tackled by those who feel brave, or passed by on either side.[4]

Wildlife

Mountain hares (Lepus timidus scoticus) can be seen around the plateau area if walkers are quiet and observant. There are also many other animals on the approaches to the Ben, including buzzards, other birds of prey, and frogs and newts in the pools alongside the Land Rover track that runs up the eastern aspect of the loch. Deer may be seen on the slopes to the north of the Ben.

References

  1. On Ben Chonzie, real hillwalkers don't picnic, Robin Howie, The Scotsman, 19 November 2005
  2. Scottish Hill and Mountain Names, Peter Drummond, ISBN 0-907521-30-4
  3. "...having a reputation of being one of the dullest Munros in the land" The Munros: Scotland's Highest Mountains, Cameron McNeish, ISBN 0-947782-50-8
  4. The Southern Highlands (SMC Guide), Donald Bennett et al, ISBN 0-907521-34-7