Walking in Kinloch Rannoch
The area surrounding Kinloch Rannoch is a walker’s heaven. With ancient woodland and burns to explore, moorland and mountains to climb, magnificent views to admire, you will never have a dull moment. Although the weather can often be challenging, the scenery is always spectacular. On your travels, you may see red or roe deer, buzzards, red squirrels, hare and a host of other creatures, large and small. Wildflowers abound and, depending on the season, you may also find rowan berries, sloes, blackberries and wild garlic, if you know where to look.
There are many walks for all levels of ability, and a good starter is the Kinloch Rannoch Nature Trail. This short, circular, and reasonably flat walk (c. 2.5miles) takes in the shores of Loch Rannoch, the banks of the River Tummel and some very pretty woodland. A longer trail is the Loch Rannoch Forest Walk. At 5 miles, this route takes walkers on clearly way marked, well-maintained tracks higher up above the village where panoramic views of Schiehallion and Loch Rannoch can be admired.
The area to the south of Kinloch Rannoch is home to 26 munros (hills at least 3,000 ft high) and one of the highest is Schiehallion (3,553 ft) – Scotland’s 57th highest mountain. One of the most familiar munros, Schiehallion is a relatively easy climb and can be “bagged” in anything from 3 – 6 hours depending on your fitness level. The best starting point is probably Braes of Foss car park (a small charge) and from here along well-maintained paths built by the John Muir Trust, which owns a large swathe of the eastern flank of the mountain.
Maps, supplies and advice can be found at the Country Store in Kinloch Rannoch. Remember to check the weather conditions before setting off, make sure you are appropriately dressed, with stout footwear, and remember that the midges will probably be out looking for you!