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Fortingall to Kinloch Rannoch - INCOMPLETE

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  • Estate Road North
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  • / Schiehallion under cloud
    Photo: Kayleigh Morrison, Macs Adventure Ltd
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On the most challenging section of Perthshire walking, skirt the shoulder of Schiehallion and enjoy Scottish wilderness in all its glory, finishing in the hidden treasure of Kinloch Rannoch. 
Distance 7 km
2:30 h
577 m
16 m
Your walk begins with a heart-pumping climb along good estate roads, leading you from the village of Fortingall into the backcountry and toward Schiehallion....

Author’s recommendation

Alternative options to this walk if needed:  Taxi to Glen Lyon and different walk from there to Kinloch Rannoch (taxis should be booked at least a day ahead of time if you prefer this option.)
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Kayleigh Morrison
Update: November 02, 2020
Highest point
707 m
Lowest point
130 m

Safety information

This is the most remote section of the Highland Perthshire Trail and possibly the Scottish Coast to Coast itineraries.  For a section of the middle of this walk, you'll be navigating across open moorland and fording two streams without a path. You should be comfortable in navigating with a map and compass should you need.


Be prepared with plenty of food and water, extra layers and a fully charged phone (plus back-up power bank.) Be sure to watch the weather and fog and low-lying cloud could make navigating across the shoulder of Schiehallion (at the height of approx 600 meters) difficult. 


Fortingall Hotel (132 m)
OS Grid
NN 73776 47037
56.598195, -4.057436
56°35'53.5"N 4°03'26.8"W
30V 435073 6273160


Kinloch Rannoch Town Centre


all notes on protected areas


OS Grid
NN 73776 47037
56.598195, -4.057436
56°35'53.5"N 4°03'26.8"W
30V 435073 6273160
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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7 km
2:30 h
577 m
16 m


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