Walk: St Fillan gives up the goats
|[St Fillan's Hill (centre) from St Fillan's Chapel]|
Downstream of St Fillans lies an attractively rocky knoll isolated amongst fields and flood plain. This is St Fillan's Hill, its base reached by a track across the village golf course. The last leg isn't quite so straightforward: after wet weather the final field can get muddy and the burn crossing may become non-trivial. Wild goats roam the shady northern slopes, which also provide the gentlest way up out of a steep selection. Whatever final route you choose, just watch out for the odd cliff edge. Views from the top aren't far reaching - you're hemmed in by higher hills on two sides and Loch Earn is concealed by trees - but the craggy ground you're standing on has plenty of character in itself, also a Pictish hill fort.
|[Wild goats near the summit]|
Name: Walk: St Fillan gives up the goats ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 140 metres
Main summits: St Fillan's Hill / Dundurn (175 metres)
Points of interest: Loch Earn; St Fillan's Chapel
Start / finish: Layby for a couple of cars (several others nearby) on minor road by the south-east corner of Loch Earn, G.R.: NN 695239 / landscape daisy jeep
Route: Layby - path then road to golf course entrance at NN 702241 - St Fillan's Chapel - in field beyond sewage works, turn south to cross burn then south-east to gate to St Fillan's Hill at NN 706233 - St Fillan's Hill - return to start by outward route or similar.
Terrain: Short section of loch / riverside path then minor road to golf course. Track to final field before base of hill. Intermittent paths beyond: first field can by muddy with stepping stones to cross a burn, with steep ascent to summit.
Wildlife today: Pheasants, lots of sheep and lambs, and twenty or so wild goats on St Fillan's Hill.
Weather today: Layer of thin cloud mostly blocked out the forecast sun, but light winds and temperature just in double figures.
>> see separate post for Loch Earn ★★★☆☆
|[This view west from the summit shows much of the approach route]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)