Area: Loch Rannoch to Glen Lyon
Date walked: 26/10/2008
Time taken: 3 hours 10 minutes
Distance: 10 km
Having been bitten by the Munro bug I was now looking for another Munro to walk. Schiehallion, a nice conical shaped hill just to the North of Glen Lyon, was to be my next target. The weather was not great however and there was snow on some of the hills so I wasn’t too sure if it would be manageable in the conditions. At this early stage in my Munro bagging career I had no winter walking gear, ice axe or crampons so I would just take it steady and see how it went.
I drove up to the Braes of foss car park and in quick time I was on my way.
I left the car park following the excellent path which contours West as it climbs ascending the 700m to the summit of Schiehallion. As I ascend there are some excellent views but they don’t last long as I enter the clag. This is not a difficult walk and it’s not too steep.
As the route enters the final 1km or so it changes to a boulder field which at this time was partly covered by a small covering of snow. There was one guy ahead of me on route and as I was working hard I soon caught up with him near the summit. It’s a bit clagged in at the summit with a thick mist and its very cold. We take a couple of photos but due to the clag there are no views.
It’s now simply a matter of retracing my steps back to the car park.
I imagine this would be a spectacular walk on a nice sunny day with great views from the summit but on this occasion I was not so lucky.