Stob Coire Easain with Sgurr Innse and Cruach Innse on right from Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin

Easains from Corriechoille

Hillwalking route up the Easains and the Innses

Often referred to as just the 'Easains', Stob Coire Easain and Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin are most likely to be tackled on their own from Fersit. However, heading in from Corriechoille not only shows another side to these Munros but also gives the option of also bagging a couple of rugged Corbetts, Cruach Innse and Sgurr Innse.


Route outline


  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
Munros Stob Coire Easain
Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin
Corbetts Cruach Innse
Sgurr Innse
Ascent 1900m (6230ft)
Distance 20km (12m)
Time 8:20hr
Start/finish Corriechoille
Grid Ref : NH253794
Terrain
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Nav
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Effort
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Scenery
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Corriechollie is the access point most people use for the Grey Corries, but it's also a fine starting point to reach the rugged Corbett peaks of Sgurr Innse and Cruach Innse. Just to the south of these peaks are the twin Munro summits of Stob Coire Easain and Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin. Connecting both pairs of hills is Bealach an Sgurr at a height of just over 550m, giving the opportunity for a fine bagging hillwalk over 4 peaks with not too much re-ascent !

Away from the estate tracks, there are faint paths to follow over the varied terrain. The rough ground on the south side of Sgurr Innse can present some challenges, particularly in mist and some people may fine the boulderfield up Stob Coire Easain's northern shoulder tiresome. The rewards are the views from the summits which are superb !



Route detail


Getting to Corriechoille »
  • The start of this route is from Corriechoille, which is at the the end of a narrow road which starts from the railway station in Spean Bridge and heads eastwards. By the bins at Corriechoille, there is a sign discouraging parking on the verge.
  • However, there appears to be no objection to turning right and driving the 2km right down the track to the edge of the forest on the rugged track, but be prepared for your car's suspension to take a pounding ! Best to park where there is a junction in the tracks.

Cruach Innse »
  • Leaving your car behind, walk south and up a good track to a gate into felled forestry. Through the gate (or more likely over a stile) you'll pass the Wee Minister - a wooden sculpture with a collection box for Lochaber Mountain Rescue. Through the felled forest, the track comes out by a gate, dips down to a bridge over the Allt Leachdach then begins uphill.
  • Follow the track (now quite rough) to around the 400m contour , where it begins to turn southwards.
  • Come off the track and cut directly up the heathery hillside ahead, aiming for Cruach Innse's northern shoulder. Faint traces of paths can be picked up, and higher up it's a short pleasant stroll to Cruach Innse's summit .

Sgurr Innse »
  • Leaving Cruach Innse's summit behind, aim initially south-east along the wide summit plateau. Pass a small lochan (not marked on the 1:50k OS map), beyond which the ground begins to steepen and a faint path continues southwards picking a route between rocks down to Bealach na Cruaiche (with the spot height of 593m on the OS 1:50k map and 605m on the OS 1:25k map !) before Sgurr Innse.
  • The climb up Sgurr Innse is a delightful daunder, following a path most of the way. There are two top on Sgurr Innse separated by a small lochan - the northerly of these summits is marked on maps as the higher of the two.

Stob Coire Easain »
  • Unlike the approach from Cruach Innse, the descent down the other side of Sgurr Innse is rough and a bit of try-and-see might be needed to find the best route. From the southerly summit, I aimed down the south-western shoulder following a path, dropped a bit, then turned south-east to avoid rocky steep ground on the crest. Contouring westwards, I returned to the crest and more-or-less stuck to it for the rest of the descent.
  • Once down to Bealach an Sgurr , you'll find the ground is a bit wet and undulating, but a faint path can be picked up and followed up onto the northern shoulder of Stob Coire Easain.
  • The path becomes more obvious as it gains height and wanders through scree. When the path begins to twist and turn, that's an indication you're nearly on the summit of Stob Coire Easain .

Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin »
  • The route to Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin begins by descending a path through screes and blocks eastwards. As height is lost, the terrain underfoot becomes more pleasant and the bealach between the Munro summits is reached. The climb up the otherside of the bealach is similar and the wide bouldery expanse of Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin's summit plateau is reached with an untidy cairn marking the top .

Return to Corriechoille »
  • Retace your steps down to the bealach between Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin and Stob Coire Easain . Decision time ! You can follow a path northwards down from the bealach to the undulating ground below Sgurr Innse or head back up Stob Coire Easain and retrace your route back downhill. Me, I prefer the latter, particularly if weather is fine and a chance to savour views again.
  • Lower down, leave the undulating ground and make a beeline for Leacach Bothy , the ground is heather clad, but traces of path (more obvious as height is lost) can be found.
  • Pick up the estate track by the bothy and follow it northwards for 4km back to Corriechoille.




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Route photos


Sgurr Innse from inside Leacach BothySgurr Innse from inside Leacach Bothy
Sgurr Innse and Cruach Innse from on the way up Stob Coire EasainSgurr Innse and Cruach Innse from on the way up Stob Coire Easain
Rough terrain approaching Stob Coire Easain from the northRough terrain approaching Stob Coire Easain from the north
Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin from Stob Coire EasainStob a' Choire Mheadhoin from Stob Coire Easain
Descending northwards from the bealach between Stob Coire Easain and Stob a'Choire MheadhoinDescending northwards from the bealach between Stob Coire Easain and Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin
The 'wee minister' near CorriechoilleThe 'wee minister' near Corriechoille




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