22 walkers set off on the long journey from Aberdeen to central Perthshire to climb the munro of Schiehallion. The journey took us through Couper Angus and Blairgowrie before arriving at Dunkeld where a comfort stop was taken. Fortunately the toilets were just about to open at 10am when we arrived – a wonderful Scottish welcome to holidaymakers and others with a 50p charge added!!

Our onward journey via Pitlochry ,Tummel Bridge and Kinloch Rannoch finally saw us arrive at the start point of Lassintulloch at around 11.30am. The day had changed from a bright start to low cloud on the hill with prospects of showers during the rest of the day.

14 walkers were dropped off to follow the track along the Templar burn before climbing steeply up the western slopes of Schiehallion to eventually reach the summit peak. It was a rather arduous climb in the low cloud with rain showers and poor visibility. The stony ground also proved difficult and time consuming. Meantime the remaining 8 walkers journeyed to Braes of Foss where the bus was parked in the new large overflow car park nearby the main John Muir Trust centre. This allowed 2 of the group to climb the hill from the easterly direction up the new path from the car park while the remainder had access to shorter walks in the area.

The day remained overcast with passing showers though not cold. The larger group had stayed together and everyone was back at the bus by 4.30pm allowing us to leave for home a short time later. Unfortunately we were unable to have a pub stop as the total journey time was very close to the drivers maximum daily allowance. However Jules our driver opted for the quicker return journey via Perth and Dundee to arrive back in Aberdeen by 7.30pm

Frank

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