Hill: Schiehallion
Date: Saturday 24th May 2014
Company: Myself, Carole, Becky and Cuillin
Distance: 10.5km, Ascent: 760m

On looking through the Walk Highlands forum yesterday afternoon, I noticed a post advertising a walk up Schiehallion today for children i.e. a Walk Highlands "Juniors" meet. I asked Becky if she would like to go along and she replied, "Yes".

We therefore set off at 6.00am this morning en-route to the Braes of Foss car park for an ascent of Schiehallion. All going well this would be Becky's second Munro, Cuillin's first Munro and my third ascent of Schiehallion.

Click here to see a map of the route undertaken

Braes of Foss car park:

After brief introductions in the car park, we set off slightly ahead to keep Cuillin away from the main group. He is a very friendly but excitable pup.

Schiehallion sign:

The lower slopes of Schiehallion were enjoyable. It was a day of many stops.

Looking back along the track towards the car park:

It was nice to take our time during the ascent to identify lots of flora with Becky. We saw violets, pansies, dwarf cornel, wood anemones, blaeberry and many more. We also had a look at the quartzite rocks and Becky found a piece of Mica Schist to take home.

Looking back to Walk Highlands 'Juniors':

Looking back during ascent of lower slopes:

A wee break:

Another wee break during the ascent:

Future mountaineers:

Whilst on the good track the progress was good. However, once onto the stones we had to take our time to avoid hurting little feet and legs.

Approaching the end of the good track:

Onto the stones:

Carole and Becky:

Looking towards the summit of Schiehallion:

Awkward terrain en-route to the summit:

Looking back:

Not too far from the summit:

Looking back from near the summit:

Having a break at the busy summit of Schiehallion:

It was great to eventually reach the summit with Becky, Cuillin and Carole. It was also great to see that several other Walk Highland "Juniors" had made it to the summit. Well done all.

Carole, Becky and Cuillin at the summit of Schiehallion:

View towards Loch Rannoch:

Dunalastair Water:

View towards Ben Lawers:

We didn't stay long at the summit as I was conscious that we had now to reverse the entire route. Again we took our time during the descent - there was no hurry.

View during descent:

A good day out.