Beinn na Lap – en route from Corrour to Fersit. 30th June 2007

Date: Saturday 30th June 2007
Distance: 24.1km
Ascent: 1200m

By summer 2007 we’d visited almost all the munros, other than a few in Knoydart and Fisherfield plus most of the Cuillin.

An odd residual was Beinn na Lap – although it’s a dawdle from Corrour we’ve never liked walking to a timetable, so nipping up and down between trains was not an attractive option.

After a bit of map work we decided to get the train from Tulloch Station to Corrour and walk back.

Up early and drove to Fersit, then walked the 5km up the road to Tulloch Station – there were nice reflections in An Dubh Lochan.

An Dubh lochan reflection

Caught the early morning Mallaig-Glasgow service for the 16km journey down Loch Treig to Corrour Station. We’d only been here once before – on an aborted camping trip visiting Carn Dearg and Sgor Ghaibhre. A long, cold wait for the train south had reinforced our dislike of meshing walks with public transport.

It was a pleasant morning – Loch Ossian is a lovely place.

Loch Ossian from road

Headed along the track towards Loch Ossian from Corrour – the fine Corbett Leum Ulliem forms the background.

H on Corrour track

Leum Ulliem from Ossian

Beinn na Lap is a very simple ascent, and given Corrour Stations 400m elevation it’s only a 500m climb.

With elevation the view opens up west to the Lochaber hills and Glen Coe.

H on Beinn na Lap climb – Mamores backdrop

H on Beinn na Lap climb – Glen Coe Hills backdrop

It doesn’t take too long to reach the stony summit. It’s quite a fine vista.

H near Beinn na Lap summit

Familiar shapes of hills everywhere you look. The ridges of Ben Nevis and the Aonachs form the northern side of Glen Nevis to the west. The southern flank is formed by the Mamores. Throught the gap is Sgurr Dhomhnuill in Ardgour.

Along Glen Nevis from summit

The shape of the Ben is a little less familiar from this angle.

Ben Nevis from summit

The Ben Alder group is a bulky bunch – tucked away from roads it has a remote fascination.

Ben Alder from Beinn na Lap

Up to the NE there’s a gap through to the Loch Laggan road and a few easier to access hills.

Binnein Shuas from Beinn na Lap

It’s a panoramic little hill – a summit camp wouldn’t go amiss.

Beinn na Lap pano

We had to carry on, although walking back to the car meant there was no pressure of time.

Perusing the maps had shown a stalkers path marked running from Stathossian House up Garbh Bheinn – a southern ridge of Chno Dearg.

We headed down the NE ridge of Beinn na Lap – Sron na Cloiche Sgoilte – and then dropped down to ford Allt Feith Thuill at NN 383 725.

Spotted at least one Plover nest on the way.

Plover nest

It was a sketchy path up Garbh Bheinn, but actually pretty easy terrain. The day had gone a little grey, the best of the sun in the early morning.

Behind us the hidden away Straths and glens around Stathossian were interesting to see.

H climbing Garbh Bheinn

We turned north and climbed Meall Garbh, a 976m outlier of Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain.

This top has good views of the Strathossian area.

Beinn a Chlachair from Meall Garbh

Loch Ghuilbinn from Meall Garbh

To the west the Easain Munros are across Loch Treig.

Easains from Meall Garbh

From there we headed for the car, back over Chno Dearg and then joining the SMC Red Route back from the munro to Fersit and the car.

Fersit from descent

This was a good route – far preferable to fitting a walk in between trains. Would certainly do this one again some day.

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