Schiehallion announced as the first wheelchair friendly Munro!
Great news to those who are planning to visit Scotland and looking for acessible wheelchair options to our beautiful countryside – Schiehallion
(one of Scotland’s most popular mountains) has been named as the first Munro that is considered wheelchair friendly.
For those who are no aware, a Munro
is a mountain in Scotland that stands over 3,000 ft (914.4 metres). Munros were named after Sir Hugh T Munro
, a Scottish mountaineer who produced the first list of such mountains in 1891.
Schiehallion, which stands at an impressive 3,547 feet, was approved as being wheelchair accessible by the FieldFare Trust, who suggested that the path to the summit of East Schiehallion from the Braes of Foss car park would be suitable for those in wheelchairs for the first third of the journey, with the second two thirds of the journey being up to the individual to access whether they can manage to make the ascent sucessfully.
Schiehallion thus becomes the first wheelchair-friendly Munro, a distinction which was welcomed by Andrew Johnson, the FieldFare Trust director. “It’s a positive move because it means that even the most rugged landscapes can provide some accessibility for people of all abilities”.
If you are planning a trip to Scotland and require accommodation that is wheelchair friendly, you might also want to check out our page on accessible accommodation in Scotland.
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James is the Assistant Search & Social Media Manager at VisitScotland. Originally from Australia, he now lives in Edinburgh and enjoys travel, rugby and perfecting the art of making pancakes.