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  Loch Ossian Munros and Corbetts  

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Loch Ossian Munros and Corbetts



Munros

Beinn na Lap (935m, Munro 241)
Sgor Gaibhre (955m, Munro 208)
Carn Dearg (941m, Munro 232)

Corbetts

Meall na Meoig* (868m)
Leum Uilleim* (906m)
  * see alternative routes below

Ascent

1550m (5,100ft)

Distance  

26km (16m)

Time

walking : 9hr*, running : 6:30hr
 *Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent



Main route summary


A train journey into this wonderful area with easy flat walking along Loch Ossian's track. Beinn na Lap's slopes are grass covered, unlike the heather clad munros Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre. If you feel like taking it easier than plodding up munros or corbetts, then a walk around Loch Ossian on the track is to be recommended. Under new ownership, the estate has seen significant investment - have a look at the architectually unusual lodge at the head of the loch. Before getting the train back, finish the day off with a meal at Corrour Halt Youth Hostel.

start/finish Rannoch station
(grid ref : NN423579)

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terrain
easy Some thick heather, otherwise good tracks and easy going difficult
navigation
easy Areas without path can be tricky testing
effort
stroll Train brings Ossian closer ! long day
scenery
ok Good views stunning
 
meanings Beinn na Lap :
  'dappled hill'
Sgor Gaibhre :
  'peak of the goat'
Carn Dearg :
  'red hill'
Meall na Meoig :
  'hill of whey'
Leum Uilleim :
  'William's leap'
 
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Getting there
  • 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 House Restaurant for food later in the day.

Beinn na Lap
  • Follow the track down towards Loch Ossian. Just before the loch, the track splits, turn left (west).
  • Over a bridge, a sign points to Loch Treig, leave the track here and start up a (usually) wet path aiming directly up the hillside ahead. 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.
  • Further down, aim 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 the burn just beyond the 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.

Carn Dearg
  • 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 Carn Dearg's north-west shoulder for just over 1km, then downhill west over heather (quite deep in bits).
  • Reach the junction in the path, where 'Peter's Rock' stands
  • If ground is fairly dry, then follow the path west to the western end of the loch.
  • If however the ground is pretty wet, it's more pleasant to aim north on a path from 'Peter's Rock', to reach a fire-break which can be followed directly down to the track, which in turn is traced to the western end of the loch. A further walk of 1km along the track reaches the train halt, where good food awaits at the Station restaurant (veggies well catered for !)



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