Walk: St Fillan gives up the goats

Perth & Kinross | Loch Earn | Half day walk | ★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: St Fillan gives up the goats ★★★
Start / finish at layby (space for a couple of cars only, but several other laybys nearby) on minor road by the southeast corner of Loch Earn, immediately south of St Fillans, G.R.: NN 695239 ///landscape.daisy.jeep

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 140 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Loch Earn ★★★; St Fillan's Chapel; △ St Fillan's Hill / Dundurn (175 m)
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.

Route & map

Layby - Loch Earn - path then road to golf course entrance at G.R.: NN 702241 - St Fillan's Chapel - in field beyond sewage works, turn south to cross burn then southeast to gate to St Fillan's Hill at G.R.: NN 706233 - St Fillan's Hill - return to start by outward route or similar

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Pheasants, lots of sheep and lambs, and 20 or so wild goats on St Fillan's Hill.
Weather: Layer of thin cloud mostly blocked out the forecast sun, but light winds and temperature just in double figures.

[This view west from the summit shows much of the approach route]


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