Walk: Swashbuckling Schiehallion

[Schiehallion's gentler side, seen from the car park]

Schiehallion - a famously perfect cone from the west. The location where the mass of the Earth was calculated. Where contour lines were invented. At almost the exact geographical centre of Scotland, a Munro, and with an exciting name to boot. Unsurprisingly, this is one of the most popular hills in Scotland, helped by a clear path for most of the (shortish) distance to the top. The summit views potentially extend to mountains as distant as the Strathfarrar Munros, Lochnagar, Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Tinto and East Lothian, with several closer lochs in the foreground. No Munros are completely straightforward, however. The crux of this one is the extensive boulderfield beyond an ego-deflating false summit, with little by way of path and potentially treacherous when slippery or under snow.

[Schiehallion summit and boulderfield]

Name: Walk: Swashbuckling Schiehallion ★★☆
Length: 10 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 730 metres
Main summits: Schiehallion (1083 metres, Munro)
Start / finish: Car park (with charge, and fills up on busy days) on minor road by Braes of Foss, G.R.: NN 753557 / paths triangles signed

Route: Car park - Schiehallion by east ridge - return by outward route
Terrain: Wide, reasonably gentle path to about 850 metres, then deteriorating with long sections over boulders.
Wildlife today: Some midges out and about, near the car park. Young adder crossing the path near the base of the ridge.
Weather today: Dry, decent sunny intervals, about ten degrees at the summit. Gentle wind freshening on descent.

[Loch Tummel from the east ridge]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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