3 Great Loch Ossian Walks

There are over 31,000 freshwater lochs in Scotland and many vacationers who come here are drawn to the Highland’s most famous, such as Loch Ness or Loch Lomond. But there are so many other lochs to explore, all just as beautiful. On our vast Corrour Estate is one of the remarkable bodies of water, Loch Ossian. It’s fantastic for canoeing trips and many other activities, but our favorite things to do around here are walking and hiking. The views are splendid at any time of year and we urge anyone to get out there for a ramble.

This narrow loch stretches 5km in length and its western corner is located very close to Corrour Station, making it just as suitable for guests not staying on at Corrour Lodge. Here are 3 great walks so you can discover the area in all its glory.

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1. Sgor Gaibhre and Carn Dearg

Sgor Gaibhre and Carn Dearg are a pair of Munros in the heart of the wilderness surrounding Loch Ossian. They can be approached from the south or easily form Corrour Station. The station isn’t accessible by road and puts you at an advantage of almost 400 meters when you begin your walk.

On a clear day, there are some nice views here and the terrain is quite mixed. Expect both pathless sections as well as clearer paths and tracks. You should also wear waterproof walking footwear and trousers too as it can be wet and boggy in parts.

This route is best during the summer season when there are dry days and clearer skies, as the mist can obstruct your views at the summits. If you go hillwalking here in winter when there is snow lying, remember that an ice ax and crampons may be required.

2. Beinn na Lap

The Munro of Beinn na Lap is perfect for those who want to get out into the wilderness. There’s a feeling of total remoteness when climbing it, yet the proximity to our lodge and the station make it very accessible. The walk begins on trackless moorland, but the views (including that of Rannoch Moor) are totally worth it.

While the terrain begins on muddy lower slopes, you will reach a pathless and indistinct ridge higher up. As with any hillwalking in these parts, ice equipment such as an ax and crampons will be necessary if you approach in wintertime.

Views over Loch Ossian in the snow
Dark Skies over Loch Ossian Photograph courtesy of Angus Mackie

3. Loch Ossian Circuit

This lovely circular can be completed in one day, either from the train station or from our estate. If you are coming from the station, take the route around the loch passing the track to the youth hostel and into the forest. This is where you will find Corrour Estate, and across the water you’ll have brilliant views of Carn Dearg, Sgor Gaibhre and Sgor Choinnich. Get to the far end of the Loch and turn right at the junction, passing a memorial for Sir John Stirling Maxwell and follow the track around the back of our lodge. Continue to pass the outflow of the Loch and keep right at a fork.

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Go right at the next junction (passing a wooden house on the left) and continue into the verdant forest. Arrive in spring and you’ll get to see all the beautiful rhododendrons in bloom. Coming out of the forest, you’ll be met with mountain views. Go through a gate, keep left on the track, and then when the route re-join, follow the track back to the Station House.

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