Essential repairs on Schiehallion

Visitors warned of disruption on the Fairy Hill as contractors start essential path repairs

Chris york   helicopter lift july 2020 web detail

After many years of successful volunteer-based maintenance, contractors are starting to repair the main route to the top of the renowned Perthshire landmark. 

Essential work on the mountain path meant access to the mountain via the main path from Braes of Foss was restricted for a couple of days from Wednesday 22 July to enable a helicopter to drop off stone. This will be used to build steps and drainage features that have suffered from both natural and human made erosion and visitors are asked to follow instructions from our contractors.

Land Manager Liz Auty said: “It is unfortunate that these repairs are coming just as lockdown eases. Our aim is to make the hill path secure for the remainder of the summer as quickly as possible and with the minimum of disruption."

Liz Auty - footpath contractors sign july 2020

As lockdown eases, popular mountains like Schiehallion are seeing large numbers of visitors and the roads approaching the car park have been lined with vehicles. We ask that if you find the car park full, please avoid parking along the roadside - have a 'plan B' of an alternative place to visit instead.

The new easier-access ‘Foss Loop’ was also recently closed for three days from Wednesday 8 July for essential repairs due to storm damage earlier in the year.

The Trust is spending more than £60,000 on path repairs on and around the world-famous summit, work that will ensure safe access to a very popular mountain and receives no statutory funding. This is only possible thanks to the generosity of Trust members, supporters and donors.

Please support our path work by donating to our Wild Ways Path Appeal.

Photographs by Chris York (top) and Liz Auty