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Loch Ossian - A Walk in the Wilderness

LOCALITY: Corrour Station, Perth & Kinross
DISTANCE: 3 miles (4.83 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking, Pub, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
OS MAP: Perth & Kinross

Walk description:

Loch Ossian lies at the heart of Rannoch Moor. It is a small stretch of water ringed by hills and mountains with stunning scenery. There is no access to the loch by car, which makes for an interesting and unusual day out. Those wishing to experience this remote area by wheelchair or scooter must catch the train to Corrour Station, which is on the West Highland line between Glasgow and Ft William. It is then a 1 mile/1.5km on a good track to the loch shore.

There is an excellent restaurant/ cafe at Corrour Station but phone ahead to check if it is open (01397732236).

There is a man-made Iron Age crannog near the southern shore of the loch and many wooded areas with small shingle beaches.

A good level track runs along the east shore of the loch and makes for a great day out.

Flora and fauna abound - rhododendrons, red deer, and less common - pine marten, otter, red squirrel, grouse and golden eagle.

The loch is surrounded by many hills and mountains - Meall nan Lice (1906ft/583m) and Carn Dearg (3080ft/939m) on the east shore and Beinn na Lap (3068ft/935m) to the west, to name but a few.

Additional notes:

The next station on the line towards Ft William is Tulloch, where the former station waiting room has been converted into a hostel (Station Lodge). It has level entry, and an accessible toilet/ wash room but no accessible shower facilities. There is one twin room (with bunks). Breakfast and home-cooked dinners can be provided as well as packed lunches.

As with all hill walking in Scotland, it is advisable to carry an Ordnance Survey map, and wear appropriate clothing. Please note that weather conditions can quickly deteriorate in this remote environment.

23/07/2009 | Walk posted by Jan McDonald

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