Schiehallion from Braes of Foss


Estimated net time 3½-4 hours
Difficulty No difficulties, but the boulder towards the top can be a bit unstable, and slippery when wet.
Drinking water Running water at the start of the hike; else nothing.
GSM coverage No coverage in the lower part of the route; else OK (June 2011).
Parking Parking at the large car park by trail head. The fee per June 2011 is £2 per day.
Start height 330 metres
Vertical metres 755 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 10.6 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Exit from main road to Schiehallion car park and trail head.


From Perth drive north on road A9 to just north of Pitlochry. From here turn left (west) on road B8019 and drive to the west end of Loch Tummel, to Tummel Bridge. Turn left (south) here, and drive road B846 approximately 7.0 km. Turn right and drive this road 3.4 km to Braes of Foss. You will see signs for the car park on the left hand side of the road. Find parking somewhere on this car park, and pay the required fee (pay and display).

Start your hike by walking to the far end of the car park, then through a gate, and follow the good path south towards the east ridge of Schiehallion. This path will take you all the way to the summit, but above approximately 880 metres the path gets much harder to follow because of boulder. If the visibility is poor you need to stay focused, and above all make sure you stay on the ridge.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



04. June 2011

Most of the guys of the Scotland-2011 team left for Edinburgh this Saturday morning, but Erling, Håvard and myself were still around, and I managed to get both of them to join me for a hike to Schiehallion. Unfortunately it was a miserable day in terms of weather, with thick fog down to 450 metres, a light drizzle, and a cold wind. But we decided to have a go at this prominent mountain, and made it to the summit without seeing any of its fine features nor surrounding area. Well, I did actually make one interesting observation; I have asked several natives, mainly English, if cloudberries grow in the UK, but none have been able to answer this question. But today I found several cloudberry flowers close to the path, so this plant actually does grow in the UK. Case closed.

After the hike we drove back to our house at Kinnaird outside Pitlochry, and then headed for food at the Moulin Hotel.
Photos 04.06.2011