Walk: Swashbuckling Schiehallion

Perth & Kinross | Loch Rannoch | Full day walk | ★★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Swashbuckling Schiehallion ★★★★
Start / finish at car park (charge, and fills up on busy days) on minor road by Braes of Foss, G.R.: NN 753557 ///paths.triangles.signed

▶ 10 km / 6 mi | ▲ 730 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Summits: Schiehallion (1083 metres, Munro)
Terrain: Wide, reasonably gentle path to about 850 metres, then deteriorating with long sections over boulders.

Route & map

Car park - Schiehallion by east ridge - return by outward route

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Some midges around the car park. Young adder crossing the path near the base of the ridge.
Weather: Dry, decent sunny intervals, about 10°C at the summit. Gentle wind freshening on descent.

[Loch Tummel from the east ridge]


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