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On the Glasgow-Fort William train, which can also be accessed from Tulloch, Rannoch or Crianlarich, alight at lonely Corrour Halt. If it's open, make a reservation at Corrour Station for food later in the day (open from February).
Beinn na Lap
Follow the track down towards Loch Ossian. Just before the loch, the track splits, turn left (west). Take the next fork intially up the new track (which ends up at Loch Treig). At the turn look for the start of a soaking path aiming up the hill. A gentle slog through wet grass reaches the south-west shoulder of Beinn na Lap.A more obvious path is then picked up and followed north-east to a ruined shelter, from where turn slightly left and downhill to reach the lochan and the summit. A large cairn provides shelter from the wind.
Sgor Gaibhre via the top Sgor Choinnich
Return to the ruined shelter, then aim south-south-east downhill towards the forest's western edge. Descent is more heather covered than ascent - watch out for hidden boulders. Look for stile over the high deer fence then cross wet ground to reach the track around Loch Ossian. Turn left and follow the track though the forest to the north-east end of the loch. At a junction with memorial plaque, turn right and go past the boat house with its grass roof. Have a peak at the unusual lodge with its glass conical frontage. Over the bridge, the track splits, take the left fork to the cottages. Past the cottages and Corrour Venison warehouse, continue uphill on the track to reach a small dam. Cross dam then aim directly for Meall Nathrach Mor. Heather initially, then easy progress to the top Sgor Choinnich. Aim south over grass and boulders, pick up a faint path to follow to Bealach na Sgor. Uphill on path and zig-zags, Sgor Gaibhre's small summit cairn is reached.
Sgor Gaibhre missing out Sgor Choinnich
Sgor Choinnich can be missed out - this variation, though slightly shorter and with less ascent, involves some tiring progress over very rough terrain. See the green line on the main map. At the dam, stay on the west side of the burn on a faint wet path. The path gets fainter, and the going gets rougher, peatier and then into thick heather. Reach Sgor Gaibhre 's west shoulder and progress becomes easier on the path that travels to the small summit cairn.
To continue from Sgor Gaibhre's summit aim west-south-west downhill along a path over easy ground to Mam Ban bealach. The bealach is peaty and can be quite soggy. Easy progress along a path uphill towards Carn Dearg. Bouldery at the top, with a large upright cairn and excellent views westwards.
Return Corrour Halt
Follow the north-west shoulder for just over 1km, then downhill w over heather. Reach the junction in the path, where Peter's Rock stands, then turn north, and at a fire-break jog directly down to the track. 4km back along the track, good food awaits at the Station restaurant (veggies well catered for !)