Nearing Schiehallion's summit

Schiehallion from Braes of Foss

Hillwalking route up Schiehallion from Braes of Foss

Schiehallion is one of Scotland's most popular mountains with many a hill-walker having their first Munro-bagging experience hiking up this distinctive peak.

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Ascent 750m (2460ft)
Distance 10km (6m)
Time 3:45hr
Start/finish Braes of Foss
Grid Ref : NN753556
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The route most people take is from Braes of Foss through John Muir Trust land, where a well-constructed path lead up Schiehallion's eastern flank. This path rises to around 870m, thereafter care is needed while crossing the reamining 2km of heather and boulderfield towards Schiehallion's summit. On the boulderfield and in mist, the path can easily be lost, so you will need your navigational wits about you !

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1. Getting to Braes of Foss

The shieling by Schiehallion's path

The shieling by Schiehallion's path

The fairly narrow roads into the area are best accessed from the A9 at either Ballinuig or just north of Pitlochry.

Just south of the highest point on the Aberfeldy-Tummel Bridge road (B846), a sign points west to 'Schiehallion Road'.

Follow this road for 3km to a car-park by Braes of Foss.

In winter this road doesn't seem to be well-gritted !

2. Schiehallion

On way up Schiehallion with Meall Tairneachan in distance

On way up Schiehallion with Meall Tairneachan in distance

From the Braes of Foss car-park, head to its southern end and through a gate to a couple of information boards put up by the John Muir Trust. The old wet route, which is slowly being taken back by nature, used to head around the northern side of the forest seen ahead.

The current route heads south around this forest on a well constructed path. The path starts to turn, meets up with a stone fank and crosses an old faint track.

It then starts to climb, passing a few stone 'chairs' that make for a fine picnic spot looking onto Meall Tairneachan and over to Beinn a'Ghlo.

The path twists as it continues to rise and ends abruptly at around the 870m contour at a fine view looking north.

Now on boulderfield and through heather with a bit of peat-bog, head westwards.

A cairn is seen ahead, this is not the summit. Nor is the next one !

Heather is left behind and now just boulderfield - requiring concentration and is at odds with the path left behind.

On Schiehallion's summit

On Schiehallion's summit

Eventually Schiehallion's slabby summit is reached with its vast and outstanding views. I've been up this hill som many times, and each time that I have reached the summit on clear days, I am still stunned by the beauty of the area.

On Schiehallion's summit

On Schiehallion's summit

3. Return to Braes of Foss

Leaving Schiehallion's summit in winter

Leaving Schiehallion's summit in winter

The easiest way back is to return by the same route.

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