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Beinn na Lap and Loch Ossian

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Highland, Scotland, about 14.46km (8.99 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:45. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 540m (1771ft)
Loss 537m (1761ft)
Max. Elevation 930m (3051ft)
Elevation (total) 1077m (3532ft)
Start & End
Corrour Station
Distance 14.46km
Duration ~4:45
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 29 Sep 2009
It's hard to imagine a more convenient car-free mountain than Beinn na Lap. The track up starts as you step off the platform at Corrour Station, the most remote in the UK. It's a Munro, but don't just tick it off and go up and down via the same route; instead, descend via the eastern side and enjoy a circuit of Loch Ossian, which will bring you back to the station for the train home. Even better, stay at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Highlands at night.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid NN356664
Take the West Highland Railway to Corrour Station for a truly car-free walk - there are no roads round these parts! From the station, take the track signposted to the youth hostel. Before reaching the hostel, take the fork in the track bearing left.
On to the slopes About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid NN359674
Near the shore of Loch Ossian, you will reach another fork. From here, it's simple - walk uphill! There's no clear path, so take a bearing and start bashing that slope until you reach the summit ridge.
Ceann Caol Beinn na Lap About 2.15 km (~1.34 miles) from
OS Grid NN371691
Just near the top, you will reach the shoulder of the mountain; keep heading up until you hit a small lochan. The summit cairn is just nearby at the north-east tip of the lochan.
The summit About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid NN376695
Made it! 935m, making it a Munro. From the top, follow the shoulder heading north-east towards Gualainn a' Choire Odhair.
Gualainn a' Choire Odhair About 0.82 km (~0.51 miles) from
OS Grid NN378704
There is a gap here between the steeper cliffs, down which you can descend (carefully!). Then head across the open ground on the slopes above the forest, heading for Meall Glas-uaine Beag.
Corrour and Loch Ossian About 3.42 km (~2.13 miles) from
OS Grid NN412699
Near the buildings of the Corrour Estate, you will rejoin the track around the loch. Head either side for a relaxing waterside walk back to the start. This is one of Scotland's most picturesque lochs, free from tourists, leaving you to enjoy the stunning mountain scenery in peace and quiet.
Loch Ossian Youth Hostel About 5.10 km (~3.17 miles) from
OS Grid NN370669
Rather than dash for the train back, why not head for a night lochside in this great little hostel? Log fire, the birds chirping across the water, a sunset behind the Nevis Range, maybe even a drop of whisky if you remembered to bring some - what more could you want?
Back to the station About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
OS Grid NN358664
Follow the same route from the loch back to Corrour Station for the train home.

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