Glen Lyon & Schiehallion Munros
7-8th April 2021
The Glen Lyon Four and Schiehallion
ABOUT THE EVENT
The circuit of the four Glen Lyon Munros is a very satisfying day out - Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Creag Mhor. There is a good track to begin with and a mountain path around aided by old fence posts that are useful in poor visibility.
These four Munros on the north side of Glen Lyon lie on a mostly broad and undulating ridge.
I've been around this circuit a few times and backed off in high winds once. However, for a great and long day out on a good day this place is amazing. In my opinion, a finer day out than the classic Lawers ridge. Here, you get more of the remote feeling. It's a circular horseshoe with easier escape routes should you want to shorten the day and you don't need a two car faff as you end where you began.
The one tricky part is a descent off Carn Mairg as It's a bit bouldery requiring balance and good footwork. In winter, the rime ice makes some wonderful sculptured coats on the fence posts.
But on the whole, It's a day for just being out there enjoying fresh mountain air and having a great long walk.
With excellent views over the glen to the Lawers range, and over Loch Rannoch, it's basically a really nice and mentally untaxing day when the weather is good. And you still feel you've earnt a nice meal out in Aberfeldy.
Schiehallion is set apart from the rest in the central Highlands and is visible for absolutely miles around. On the flip side this also means the views are absolutely extensive on a clear day.
This isolated location but relatively easy access meant Schiehallion was chosen by Charles Mason in 1774 for a planned experiment to estimate the mass of the Earth. However, Mason turned down a commission to carry out the work and it fell to Nevil Maskelyne and Charles Hutton to undertake it. The result was surprisingly close as confirmed by later experiments.
During the surveying of Schiehallion, Charles Hutton, devised a graphical system to represent surveyed heights which later became known as contour lines.
There is a good car park though it can get busy. This is a popular hill. The path underwent extensive repairs a decade ago but there are still rocky sections. My first visit to Schiehallion was at night and in the pouring rain. The sort of rain that seems to generate a mist of smaller rain as its falling so hard. Head torches simply reflected light almost like full beam headlamps in dense fog. But we made it and back again.
Carn Gorm (1,029m / 3,376ft), Meall Garbh (968m / 3,176ft), Carn Mairg (1,041m / 3,415ft) and Meall nan Aighean (Creag Mhor) (981m / 3,218ft). Total distance 18km (11.2 miles) , 1,387m (4,550ft) ascent.
Schiehallion (1,083m / 3,553ft). Total distance 8km (5 miles), 753m (2,471ft) ascent
09:00 at Invervar for the Glen Lyon 4. To see the approximate start point in Google Maps, please click here (opens in a new tab).
0900 at the Braes of Foss car park for Schiehallion. To see the approximate start point in Google Maps, please see here (opens in a new tab).
Difficulty: There are good paths throughout the area and bar one or two rockier sections on the Glen Lyon 4, easy walking. However, the Glen Lyon 4 is a big day out so stamina is needed!
Cost: The trip costs £140 per person for the two days (with discounts for bulk booking). Under 18s are welcome so long as they are accompanied by their parent/guardian.
Numbers: I can take a maximum of 10 and a minimum of 2.
Guided Trips - Frequently asked questions
Is this suitable for me?
The walk will be suitable for anyone with very good hill walking experience and stamina/fitness. They are spectacular days out above anything else and we may well still encounter late winter conditions at the top!
What do I need to bring?
You will need basic walking clothes (not cotton or jeans!), some extra layers, waterproofs, hat and gloves. Plus some water or a thermos of tea/coffee/hot ribena!
I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?
This is up to you depending on your budget. There is accommodation in Aberfeldy which is a large town
What's not included?
How much is the trip and how do I book?
The trip costs £140 per person for the two days. There are discounts for bulk purchases. To book please see below. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.
What are the Terms & Conditions?
I've got some more general questions...
How do I get there?
These Munros are accessible from around Aberfeldy and Pitlochty which are both on the rail mainline and major A9 route. Getting to the start points requires a car.
If you want to chat to me about the event then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.
Or simply click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the event.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.
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