Walk: Swashbuckling Schiehallion

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

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

Schiehallion - a Munro, a famously perfect cone seen from Loch Rannoch, and located almost exactly at the geographical centre of Scotland. The place where the mass of the Earth was calculated, and also where contour lines were invented. And last but not least, bearing a name which sounds like it was invented by a pirate. 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, which is potentially treacherous when slippery or under snow.

[Schiehallion summit and boulderfield]

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

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

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. Small 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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