Sròn a Chlachain and Creag Buidhe Walk

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Moderate
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2-3h
Distance
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4.0 km
Elevation
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498 m
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Sròn a'Chlachain and Creag Buidhe Walk

The Sròn a'Chlachain and Creag Buidhe Walk is a challenging 4.0 km hill climb that first leads hillwalkers high above the village of Killin, achieving incredible views of Loch Tay and the tiny village below. The climb up the line of crags (Sròn a'Chlachain) is challenging but well-rewarded with further spectacular views. The second challenge of the walk is an ascent of Creag Bhuidhe, where you can press on to reach the summit at 510 m from where you’ll see the impressive, green Glen Lochay.

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Route Description for Sròn a Chlachain and Creag Buidhe Walk

While the Sròn a'Chlachain and Creag Buidhe Walk isn’t particularly challenging in terms of length (it’s just 4.0 km long), it does require some steep ascents, so hillwalkers should be prepared to break a sweat while enjoying the views of Loch Tay and surrounding glens. Although dogs are welcome on the trail, owners are asked to keep dogs on their leads during lambing season (mid-April to mid-June).

To begin the trail, pass through the gate found on the right of McLaren Hall, entering Breadalbane Park. Enjoy a jaunt in the park grounds headed for the southwest corner, where you’ll find a kissing gate that opens to a hill path. Take a quick (optional) detour to check out Fingal’s Stone on the left, where a mythical Celtic giant is said to be buried. Back on the path, begin a steady climb towards dense oak woodlands, where you’ll soon find a stile that ushers you onto a steep path leading up into the trees. Follow the ridgeline, and you’ll soon find yourself in wide-open moorland where sheep often graze. A series of challenging climbs present themselves as you continue the trail. Following the climbs, you’ll be presented with the option to tread the stepped path on a direct route or take the alternate path that veers to the right of the ridge and later regains the crest uphill. Both routes rejoin, setting you up for an exhilarating climb up Sròn a'Chlachain, where you’ll find a cairn atop the crag. The village of Killin will appear more like a dollhouse from this viewpoint, and the views of Loch Tay will be picture-perfect. Continue the path up towards the summit of Creag Bhuidhe, which begins on a flat stretch before rising alongside an ancient stone dyke as you ascend to the summit. The first summit is marked by two cairns and features views of Glen Dochart, but you can press on to the true summit at 510 m by continuing to the largest cairn on the right. Revel in the views of Glen Lochay from the summit and catch your breath before descending via the same route to return to the beginning of the walk in Killin.

Getting to the Sròn a Chlachain and Creag Buidhe Walk Trailhead

To get to the Sròn a'Chlachain and Creag Buidhe Walk, first head to the village of Killin. To reach Killin from Glasgow, follow the A82 north for 56.0 mi, passing by Loch Lomond, then continuing to Crianlarich. At Crianlarich, continue on the A85 following signs for Killin. When in Killin, head to the McLaren Hall car park, just north of the Killin village center and park here. The walk begins at McLaren Hall.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Year-Round Access

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Wild camping (check permit zones)

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - Off leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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