Schiehallion and neighbours

Schiehallion is an identifiable peak from many directions. It stands fairly isolated above Rannoch and Tummel, appearing remarkably pointed from the west and almost whale-back in shape from the south and north.

Many a hill-walker has had their first-Munro experience up Schiehallion !

Main route summary

In recent years the John Muir Trust purchased the area and set about tackling the errosion by installing a new path that aims up the eastern side of the hill. Combine this new path with the peak's accessiblity and only 750m of ascent, and you get a popular hill.

It should however be noted that this hill has a fine path up to around c870m, thereafter care is needed while crossing the 2km of boulderfield to the summit. On this boulderfield and in mist, the path can easily be lost, so you will need your navigational wits about you !

If planning to be out for a full day, then selecting one or two of nearby Corbetts will extend the day nicely. Meall Tairneachan and Farragon Hill are accessed by a track that begins less than 5km away and continues onto the moorland between the peaks. Beinn a'Chuallaich sits to the north of Schiehallion with less than 500m of ascent from the roadside

Munros Schiehallion (1083m, Munro 58)
Corbetts Beinn a'Chuallaich* (891m)
Meall Tairneachan* (787m)
Farragon Hill* (783m)
  * see alternative routes below
Ascent 750m (2,460ft)
Distance   9.5km (6m)
Time walking : 3:45hr*
running : 1:10hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Braes of Foss carpark
(grid ref : NN753556)


Which map to choose ?
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easy testing
stroll 2/10long day
ok stunning
Meanings  Schiehallion : 'hill of the fairies'
Farragon Hill : 'St. Fergan's hill'
Meall Tairneachan : 'thunder hill'
Beinn a'Chuallaich : 'hill of the herding'

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