Perthshire and Kinross Council have proposed that the normal route up Schiehallion should be included in the Core Path network. The owners of Schiehallion, conservation body The John Muir Trust, has objected on the grounds that this could lead visitors to beleive the ascent is easy, equating the hillwalk with other low level routes designated as Core Paths.
“While we completely support the development of a Core Path Network in Perthshire, we do not think that this route fits the P&K Councils own criteria of what makes a core path,” commented Andrew Campbell, Land Manager for the John Muir Trust.
The Trust is concerned that designating the path on Schiehallion could be dangerously misleading for visitors who do not have much experience of hill walking in Scotland. “To many people a Core Path Network gives the impression that the routes are relatively easy, fairly low level and not too arduous. Routes to the tops of mountains do not fall into this category,” commented Campbell.
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Photo of Schiehallion by JMT