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Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre

A strenuous walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Highland, Scotland, about 20.50km (12.74 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 8:00h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 722m (2368ft)
Descent 723m (2372ft)
Max. Elevation 930m (3051ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1445m (4740ft)
Start & End
Corrour Station
Distance 20.50km
Duration ~8:00h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 23 Sep 2009
Corrour Station, on the West Highland Railway, is as car-free as British walking gets. No cars come to this remote spot and it's all the better for it. There are plenty of great walks that can be done from the station, including the two Munroes of Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre. These hills are both straightforward, although a bit of heather bashing is required on the descent.

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This is a beautiful place to start a walk, right in the heart of the Scottish West Highlands. It even had its five minutes of Hollywood fame, appearing in the film 'Trainspotting'. From the station, head along the track towards Loch Ossian (signposted to the Youth Hostel).
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At the path junction near the Youth Hostel, take the path heading up towards Meall na Lice. The ground can be quite wet and boggy - this is a moor, after all - so make sure the boots are waterproof!
About 1.64 km (~1.02 miles) from
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The path rises steadily up the outer slopes of Carn Dearg. The main path heads along the western side of Carn Dearg towards Rannoch - this is the Road to the Isles, a famous old track (and a good walk for another day). Instead, head up the slope (no clear path) to Meall na Leitire Duibhe.
About 2.19 km (~1.36 miles) from
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Once you reach the ridgeline, the walking is easier and a path reappears, as if from nowhere. Continue to the summit of Carn Dearg, which reaches 941m.
About 2.40 km (~1.49 miles) from
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if you only want one Munro for the day, you can head south along the Carn Dearg ridge towards Rannoch, dropping off to pick up the Road to the Isles path. But if you are ticking them off, then head for the obvious saddle of Mam Ban, which links Carn Dearg with Sgor Gaibhre.
About 1.65 km (~1.03 miles) from
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The second, and highest, Munro is Sgor Gaibhre, which stands at 955m. From here, follow the steep path down towards Bealach nan Sgor.
About 1.43 km (~0.89 miles) from
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Despite a height of 929m, this is not a Munro - the drop between this and Sgor Gaibhre is not steep enough (you may disagree after completing it). From the summit, aim for Meall Nathrach Mor. Continue on this line towards the northern end of Loch Ossian and the Corrour Estate buildings.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
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The ground is rough and thick with heather, but you will soon reach the Corrour Estate. Pick up the footpath leading through the buildings and leading on to the southern shore of Loch Ossian.
About 3.35 km (~2.08 miles) from
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This walk is a pleasant way to finish - through the woodland on the loch shore, which frequently breaks to give stunning views of the loch. Carry on to the far end.
About 2.61 km (~1.62 miles) from
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This is a fantastic place to stay if you are doing more walks in the region. Quiet, cosy and wonderful sunsets over the hills of the Nevis range.
About 2.40 km (~1.49 miles) from
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The walk ends by retracing your steps to Corrour Station and the train home.
About 1.58 km (~0.98 miles) from

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