Virtual Tour - Schiehallion
Schiehallion Scottish Gaelic: Sìdh Chailleann, is a prominent mountain in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Schiehallion has a rich botanical life, interesting archaeology, and a unique place in scientific history for an 18th-century experiment in “weighing the world”. The mountain’s popularity amongst walkers led to erosion on its footpath and extensive repairs were undertaken in 2001.
The name Schiehallion is an anglicised form of the Gaelic name Sìdh Chailleann, which translates as “Mound of the Caledonians”, although Maskelyne (1772) reported a translation of “Constant Storm”, besides a Lowland Scots name of “Maiden-Pap”.
A Munro mountain, Schiehallion is popular with walkers due to its accessibility, ease of ascent and views from its summit. An estimated 17,500 to 20,000 walkers made the ascent in 2000. Most walkers start from the Forestry and Land Scotland car park at Brae of Foss, which lies just outside the boundary of the John Muir Trust estate. The route, which initially heads southwest before turning west to follow the main ridgeline of the hill, is about 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) in length.
Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, can be seen to the north from the summit of Schiehallion.
By 1999, when the John Muir Trust bought the estate, the main path had become exceedingly eroded by the passage of many thousands of walkers. The scar was visible from quite a distance. The organisation therefore decided to construct a new path, following a different line, better able to handle the pressure of visitors.