Loch Ossian Youth Hostel Corrour Summit

The Corrour Estate is a fantastic place to visit on expedition. There is no public road access, lots of mountains, a train line and a few lochs. There are low level routes on to the estate from Spean Bridge (via Laraig Leacach), Fersit (via Strath Ossian), Fort William (via Glen Nevis), Kinlochleven (via Luibeilt or Blackwater), Rannoch Station and Dalwhinnie, giving a host of expedition route options. Although there aren't loads of perfect camping pitches, the South side of Loch Ossian or the head of Loch Treig are good spots to aim for.

For those of us who don't have to camp, the Youth Hostel and Station House provide good accommodation, and a mountain bike is good for getting around the place.

The path from Fersit starts off as a track through the village, but soon becomes a path, that can get boggy. After skirting the edge of the Corrour Forest, the path drops down and joins the estate road just to the North of Strathossian House.

View up the Laraig LeacachApproaching Corrour from Spean Bridge, the first section of the journey is on the road. At Corriechoille, a track heads up past Leanachan Forest and into the Laraig Leacach, and continues to the bothy. Beyond here, the path is clear, but crosses peat bog, so even in dry spells it can be wet. Once you arrive at Loch Treig, the track up to Loch Ossian is a good one....however if heading to the station, the path alongside the railway gets very wet.

From Rannoch Station, the route heads East along the road, before heading North on a track. In wet weather there is a tricky river crossing, before the path heads past Corrour Old Lodge. This building used to be an isolation hospital....you don't get too much more isolated than this! The path continues until it drops down to the track on the South side of Loch Ossian.

There are several route options from Kinlochleven to Corrour. The path via Luibeilt starts off with a steep climb up to Mamore Lodge Hotel, and then is a track alongside Loch Eilde Mor and Loch Eilde Beag. From Luibeilt, there are paths on both sides of the Abhainn Rath, and both can be boggy, however staying on the South side avoids crossing the river (can be difficult if the river is in spate). The path takes you past Staoineag Bothy to Loch Treig, where you join the track to Corrour.

Alternatively, you can walk via Loch Chiarain. Despite starting out along the West Highland Way, this route is far more remote. The track climbs steeply out of Kinlochleven, before you leave the WHW and head off towards Blackwater Reservoir. The dam wall has a gate stopping you from crossing it, but it is usually possible to cross the river just below the dam. From here, the path follows the reservoir for a short way, before heading NE along a valley, to Loch Chiarain. At this point, the path from Loch Eilde Mor joins you, it having cut through a small dip in the mountains. From here, the direct route to Corrour takes you up and over Leum Uilleim, however with a full pack, it's probably as quick to continue on to Loch Treig. There are a few points where the path disappears, but as the valley has steep sides, you can't get too far off route. Loch Treig is a welcome site, and the track from there is relatively easy going.