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Scottish Group – Mountain ferns, Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry

August 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meet at 10am in the large car park at the tourist information centre on N side of

the main Atholl Road (A924), grid ref. NN 9415 5805. We will then combine into

fewer cars and drive to the car park beyond Moulin (NN 9435 5952). From here

there is a path to the top of Ben Vrackie (NN 951 632), a distance of about

4.5km. Further info on the route is

here: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/perthshire/ben-vrackie.shtml

Interesting ferns, including mountain bladder fern and holly fern, at various

locations as much as 1km or more from the main path. We may also hope to see

shade horsetail and variegated horsetail. Allowing for ferny meanderings, we can

expect a total round trip of up to 15km (9 miles). We should be back to the car

park by 6pm, at the latest.


The path will be steep in places and the terrain generally difficult, especially as

we leave the path to search crags. Be prepared for potentially typical Scottish

mountain conditions, i.e. wet, windy and cold, even in August! In other words,

good hiking boots, waterproofs and warm clothing are essential and hat and

gloves are advised. Also sun cream, because miracles do happen. Bring a packed

lunch and flask. Binoculars are very useful for inspecting crags without risking

life and limb. Various scarce non-ferny plants are also known from this site, so

don’t ignore the flowers.

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August 13, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Andy MacGregor


Ben Vrackie
Pitlochry Perthshire United Kingdom + Google Map
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