Day Trip to Loch Ossian
on Saturday 4 August 2018

Loch Ossian lies across the join of LandRangers 41 Ben Nevis, Fort William & surrounding area,
and 42 Glen Garry and Loch Rannoch area, but you can download the relevant map section below ....

This is now a past outing.  Like to read about it?

This will be our third attempt at a day trip to the Loch Ossian area by taking the train to Corrour. Our first attempt in 2016 was thwarted when the train failed to turn up, and we had a walk to Gorton Bothy instead. Our second attempt in 2017 was re-arranged at the last minute when we found out the night before that the return train was cancelled, and one of the Tyndrum Corbetts was climbed instead. Fingers crossed for this year ....

Loch Ossian lies about 1.5km east of Corrour station which at 408m (1339ft) is the highest mainline station in Britain and has no public road access.  The morning train from Glasgow leaves at 08.21 and arrives at Corrour at 11.21. The return train leaves Corrour at 18.25 and gets back to Glasgow at 21.22. That gives us 7 hours to fit in the walking and a visit to the restaurant next to the station for refreshments.

The usual travel arrangement is to drive to Crianlarich or Bridge of Orchy and get the train from there at 10.21 or 10.48 journey to Corrour. The return train arrives at Bridge of Orchy at 18.57 and Crianlarich at 19.22.

Proposed Routes

A walk round Loch Ossian:
From Corrour station, a circuit of the loch can easily be made in 4 - 6 hours. The whole walk is on good Landrover tracks. (15km and less than 200m ascent).

Beinn na Lap (935m):
From the station follow the tracks to the base of the hill and ascend NE to the summit. (16km and 550m of ascent).

Leum Uilleim (909m):
From the station head SW on a track then across heather moorland to ascend the hill by the NE ridge.  From the summit descend W to a good track at 820m that descends another ridge back to Corrour (11km and 500m of ascent).

Other Walks

There are other possibilities for shorter or longer walks in the area .. for instance, walk to the Youth Hostel and Peter's Rock, or leave the train at Rannoch Station and walk to Corrour.

What next?

If you would like to join us for this walk, please let me know, preferably by e-mail, no later than Wednesday 1 August so that travel arrangements can be made.

Please note that a pick-up at Cathcart will only be made if agreed in advance .. the day will not start here as usual.

National Rail currently lists the price of a return ticket from Bridge of Orchy as £14.30. and £30.10 from Glasgow.

Download a map of the area?

Note: My plan is to get the train at Glasgow so I'll be able to confirm if the train is running or not. If the trains are not running (or if the weather looks really wet and/or midgy) we might reconsider our plans for the day.

Willie Robison, Ossian Organiser


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