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It's more than poetic to state that this hill lies in the very heart of Scotland - various measurements looking at the geography of Scotland have the geometric centre of the country as being very close to Schiehallion - which lies just across the glen from Beinn a'Chuallaich (hill of the herding). It's called the Hill of the Herding due to its close proximity to one of the great drove roads of Scotland.

The drive down the B846 is leafy and scenic though its various bends demands concentration. Turn north up the B847 road (signed Trinafour etc) and stop just after emerging from forestry with space for a car or two at a sheep fank. Tracks up the field opposite lead to a bothy hidden behind a knoll. Take a path past this, south up the forest edge before heading west then WNW by the burn which descends from the coire between Beinn a'Chuallaich and Meall nan Eun. For part of the way is a fine old drystane dyke.

The heather and bracken gradually give way to easier going in the coire. Gain the bealach between the two peaks and finish up the easy short ridge to the summit of Beinn a'Chuallaich. There is a fine, large cairn past the trig point. The views are excellent, particularly up the length of Loch Rannoch, while Schiehallion's shady bulk dominates to the south. Return by the same way, or read on.

If you have bikes, or can arrange transport, the walk can be varied by continuing down to the west, avoiding some small crags, to cross a stalker's path. Continue southwest down the slopes of Creagan Breac to gain the banks of the Allt Mor. Descend south next to the burn to cross a bridge just above the trees and finish down the steep path next to a waterslide to reach Kinloch Rannoch.


Maps: OS Sheet 42 'Glen Garry & Loch Rannoch'
Distance: 7 km
Ascent: 600 m
Time: 4 hours
Food & Drink: The Tummel Inn at Tummel Bridge is homely and has real ale in addition to meals.


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