I first became aware of Schiehallion through the medium of "A" level physics, as the mountain established it's place in history as the site where Neville Maskelyne, the Astronomer Royal determined the density and mass of the earth in a series of experiments in 1774.
More recently, Schiehallion (3574 ft), near Pitlochry, has achieved a wider fame as one of the most spectacular and accessible of the Munros. Spectacular as it stands relatively isolated from neighbouring mountains on the ridge between Glen Tummel and Glen Lyon. Accessible as it can be readily reached from the car park at Braes of Foss on a nearby road. As a result, the mountain is climbed by over 17,000 people a year, almost all from the Braes of Foss. The main access path became heavily eroded as a result forming a disfiguring gash on the side of the mountain, and the owners, the John Muir Trust, were forced in 2000 to compile a management plan for access to the mountain. The outcome has been the replacement of the main access route by a firm surface path and it is photographs of this path which feature in this website. Although not funded by the Millennium Commission, the John Muir Trust has identified this project with the new Millennium.