South High­lands Route 7-9

Three clas­sic walks, three huge awe-in­spir­ing moun­tains, three days: Jen & Sim Ben­son bring you the best of the South High­lands.

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Three clas­sic Mun­ros in as many days; Schiehal­lion, Ben Law­ers & Ben More

Shapely Schiehal­lion makes a great first Munro, hence its place in our week­end itin­er­ary. An­other first oc­curred here in 1774 when sci­en­tists cal­cu­lated the mean den­sity of the Earth, in­ad­ver­tently inventing con­tour lines. The main route to the sum­mit has changed in re­cent years – the John Muir Trust ac­quired east Schiehal­lion in 1999 and rerouted the path to re­duce ero­sion – but its re­mote sit­u­a­tion, his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, in­trigu­ing wildlife and ex­cel­lent views re­main. Ben Law­ers, over­look­ing Loch Tay, is Scot­land’s tenth-high­est moun­tain. Part of a Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve, it’s home to rare moun­tain flora and fauna and, de­spite be­ing very pop­u­lar, its size means it never feels crowded. The views from the sum­mit, from Glen Coe to the Cairn­gorms and neigh­bour­ing Ben More – day three’s chal­lenge – are out­stand­ing.

ROUTES Meall Garbh from Ben Law­ers sum­mit.

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