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Forestry Car Park for Schiehallion

John Muir Trust - East Schiehallion

Most people who climb Schiehallion start at the forestry car park at Braes of Foss. This leads to the new footpath established by the John Muir Trust when the bought 'East Schiehallion' from the Horsfall family.

The eastern flank of Schiehallion had become very eroded because so many people climb Schiehallion each year. The old footpath went through peat and this is easily destroyed and washed away. The new John Muir Trust footpath is made of compressed grit as it makes its way to the ridge of Schiehallion. It is durable and cambered to shed water as well as having cross drains. The gradient is no more than 12 degrees. The materials were put in place by helicopter. From the ridge onwards to the summit rock steps or the natural bed rock resist erosion.

A plaque at the entrance to the car park tells of the scientific endeavours of Nevil Maskelyne assocaited with Schiehallion.

The Maskelyne Plaque

John Muir Trust notice describing the area and wildlife.

The mountain hare (or blue hare) is the native British Hare. The brown hare was introduced by the Romans. The mountain hare turns white in winter to help its camouflage. It is preyed upon by Golden Eagles and Foxes. It is smaller than the brown hare and has relatively shorter ears.

The Ptarmigan is a grouse-like bird of the high mountains. It too goes white in winter for camouflage. It is generally found at heights of 2000 feet or greater, although it lives at lower altitudes on the west coast. It is relatively tame and will often allow walkers to approach closely before taking to the air. It is a species that may be threatened by climate change. If the climate warms if may be forced higher until there is no habitat left for it. The British Trust for Ornithology has recently conducted a survey of its numbers, enlisting the help of hill walkers.

John Muir Trust Map
The John Muir Trust footpath

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