Tuesday 22 July 2014

Return to Beinn na Lap

A Film by Danny Boyle.

The easiest way to get the full flavour of how improved this second visit actually was, would be to review the report from trip number 1.

There's not actually an awful lot to add - certainly not about the route itself - so at this stage all I'll do in that regard is repeat what I said last time, but with marginally different photos...

 Catch a train to Corrour Station. The remotest stop on the UK rail network, it isn't accessible by road.

You don't say.

She'd not been that keen on the train, but neither was she keen on it leaving her HERE.

Begin the walk along the vehicle track across the moor to the east.

Jump in the nearest boggy morass.

When the track forks follow it round to the left. The tiny Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is visible on the near shore of the loch.

At a second fork in the track turn left once more, passing an iron barrier. This track is signed as part of the Road to the Isles. Almost straight away the track swings left...

Lot of serious construction work going on all over the place, the now.

...leave it here and follow a faint boggy path that heads directly for the west ridge of Beinn na Lap. After a gentle start it begins climbing straight up the moorland ahead, with good views looking back over Loch Ossian.

Are you lookin' at me?

It's for all the world like a wee gravestone.

The slope eases into the broad ridge of Ceann Caol Beinn na Lap. Head up this towards the summit; there are some rocky undulations along the way.

Some rocky undulations, the other day.

Loch Ossian again.

And again.

Finally the true summit cairn is reached - the high level start minimised the effort involved in getting here and it can be hard to believe this is really a Munro.

More delicate construction work this time.

Next time - Molly finds a decent pub in Fort William!


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