This is a great starter Munro, easy to follow tracks and paths take you up to brilliant views encompassing the Beinn a’Ghlo range to the north east, north to Ben Lawers and east to Ben More, while the Trossachs lay to the south west with the Campsies and Ochils further round to the south.
As ever at this time of year, be sure to be prepared for winter conditions and be ready to turn back – it will always be there for another day.
Also, make sure you keep up with the latest coronavirus restrictions, even a walk up a wonderful mountain is not worth the risk.
DISTANCE: 7½ miles /12 km.
HEIGHT CLIMBED: 2,350ft / 716m.
TIME: 4 to 5 hours.
MAP: OS Landranger 51.
PARK: At the western end of Comrie turn off the A85 at the Deil’s Cauldron restaurant (following a sign for “Glenlednock”). There is a parking area 4½ miles down the minor road, on the right.
THE ROUTE: To start the walk, follow a track on the right leading from the parking area away from the road. On reaching some cottages at Coishavachan go right, in front of them, and then through a large metal gate.
On the other side of the gate go left and follow a track up the Invergeldie glen. After a few hundred yards the track crosses the Invergeldie Burn before going through a metal gate and then turning sharp right to climb more steeply.
After passing through another metal gate the track drops down to re-cross the burn, below a small dam, and then climbs up again on the other side.
At a fork in the track go left and climb up onto heather-clad moorland. After fording a small burn via stepping stones ignore a track going off to the left and keep straight on, climbing up to the broad southern slopes of Ben Chonzie.
About a mile further on (before the top of the ridge has been reached) look out for a small cairn on the left of the track – on a right hand bend.
Go left here, onto a boggy path which fords a small burn and then heads steeply uphill.
Ignore sheep tracks crossing the path and keep going up, bearing right after a while.
Eventually you reach some stone grouse butts and beyond them a line of old metal fence posts. These lead up, turning sharp right after a few hundred yards, to the summit and its large stone shelter.
Take plenty of time to enjoy the view before retracing your steps to the start.