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This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
745 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
3.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
10.03 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

A short route on easy slopes.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Aberfeldy

From Aberfeldy (B846) travel 15km N towards Tummel Bridge, to junction at NN776542. Turn left on minor road and travel NW 4km to parking to S of road.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 745 metres. Allow 3.5 hours to complete this 10.03 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start from carpark on western margin of forest. (Please note that the John Muir Trust have constructed a new track to the S and use of the old path is discouraged to allow regeneration)
  NN75325564 Distance
335 m
From SE end of carpark follow path S to junction with vehicle track
NN74835480 Distance
1.04 km
380 m
Continue SW on path and ascend the eastern slopes
NN74275441 Distance
0.80 km
540 m
Continue WW along path onto ridge
NN73135451 Distance
1.34 km
821 m
Continue W to summit of Schiehallion
NN71395480 Distance
1.83 km
1083 m
Return by same route
  NN71395480 Distance
5.01 km
335 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

Southeastern Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
Ben Lawers
by Metcheck
Images of Schiehallion
Route Area Map
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
 from 19 votes
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Written by Donald Douglas on 08 Nov 2012:
I climbed Schiehallion in 1965 on a wet misty day, carrying a parking cone which I left on the trig point (and have a photo' to prove it). It seemed like a good idea when I was 18... The trig point has gone and so has the cone but I came back with son and grandson in 2012. I don't remember the boulder field on the summit ridge - nearly as bad as Cairn Toul. On the way back, it was good to stay right and then cross back to the left - so going up, it would make sense to do the opposite. It was still wet and misty - but a lot more people.
Written by Ian Conn on 02 Jan 2008:
A straightforward ascent from the parking area on the new path, until the boulder fields which were harder to traverse. However, no major obstacles in reaching the peak where the all round views were worthwhile. Probably a reasonable choice mountain for a first-timer, or to introduce family or friends to the Munros.
Written by Bruce Gill on 15 Jun 2007:
My first Munro and I couldnt have asked for a nicer day. My sunburnt face is proof of that. A long climb up the new path but once past that the rocky ridge was enjoyable. Great views from the top but fortunate that weather was good. Definately a good mountain for munro bagger novices.
Written by Grant Peterkin on 18 Aug 2005:
Nice view from the top, however an un-eventful climb up there!. Takes just less than 3 hours round trip.
Written by Joe Murphy on 08 Aug 2005:
The new path has been completed and is an enjoyable walk up to the first cairn where the path ends and the boulder scrambling begins.
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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