For the serious hillwalkers there is a delightful choice of mountain challenges including a number of  well known Munros.   These can easily be reached from Ridgeway Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Blairgowrie.

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(Approximate distance from Ridgeway is shown in brackets)

Ben Lawers (40 miles)  [a National Nature Reserve ] meaning 'Hill of the loud stream' - is the central Highlands' highest mountain at 1,214 m (3,984 ft) and is the highest peak of a long ridge formed by six peaks, all over 3000 ft.    From the summit there are fantastic views over to Ben Lomond and Glencoe in the west and the high Cairngorms to the north.   Most of these are suitable for experienced walkers with the right equipment, but there are gentler routes too - like the Nature Trail, which is ideal for families. 

Schiehallion  (35 miles)   [John Muir Trust ]  in Perthshire is Scotland's 57th highest mountain at 3,547 ft and one of its best known and best loved landmarks.   Many visitors, including Queen Victoria, have gazed at Schiehallion's broad eastern flank across Loch Tummel from the Queen's View.

Ben Vrackie (24 miles) is not a Munro but a Corbett at some 841 metres high.   It dominates the Pitlochry area and is a great day's walk. 

Glenshee (20 miles) is another popular walking area, which has the advantage of having a car park at 2,200 ft and therefore is not a major challenge to climb the many Munros in the vicinity, such as Glas Maol and the Cairnwell.  There is a total of 11 Munros which are easily accessible.

Lochnagar (40 miles).   Situated on Royal Deeside, the mountains of Lochnagar stand guard over Balmoral Palace and the towns of Ballater, Braemar and Balmoral.  The mountains are popular all year round with walkers, rock and ice climbers and mountaineers.  The open countryside here is idyllic and the mountain views are expansive.  However, to appreciate these views one needs to ascend to the summits.   Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin (45 miles) are neighbours which can be seen from the A9 south of Stirling!   These two mountains have almost parallel SE ridges and they are connected by Bealach an Dubh Choirein.  

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