It turned out that a sheet bag for the hostel and some food would have been all I
needed to do a two day loop, next time I'll do it that way.
First day I wanted to cover some new ground so started at Fersit over the
thieves road below Creag Dhubh.
Don't think I'd recommend this, its hard work climbing up a grassy trail through
the forest, I'm pretty sure it would have been easier on the forest road.
The thieves road certainly wouldn't be worth doing in the wet.
The going was easier from the end of the thieves road round to Loch Ossian
Youth Hostel its all on good estate roads.
I took the south track along Loch Ossian its rougher than the north, passes the
lodge, and is quite good fun.
At Ossian Hostel I met the hostel warden had a blether and got offered a nice
cup of coffee, lovely!
He has been looking after the hostel for five years now winter and summer,
quite a remote spot, nice, but you'd need to be just a little bit er...different... to
stay there all the time.
The warden told me about the new road which goes north west to Loch Treig
and Graiguineach Lodge its a fabulous firm track with a great descent to Loch
Treig's old track along the lochside to the lodge.
The old track is a real gem, rough and mature, running just beside the loch.
I wasn't looking forward to the push up the west track in the Lairig Leacach but
the dry weather had worked its magic and it was about 25% ridable and on the
basis that riding is faster than walking I took every opportunity to get into the
At the top of the glen is a small bothy, there was a group of youngsters camped
and the bothy looked as if it was being improved.
Up the rest of the glen from here the track is nice and ridable and the Larig
descent seems to go on and on, I was wishing for full suspension so I could sit
down to take the weight off my hands.
The last little bit along the south side of the river Spean was a lovely surprise a
nice track through woodland to the footbridge river crossing at Monessie
(Landranger 41 MR299810) giving 4km on the road back to the Fersit turn
I suddenly thought the other
day this good weather with
dry trails would be a great
opportunity to have a couple
of epic days up Rannoch way.
I thought at first a two day
loop through Corrour would
be a good bet but couldn't get
hold of the hostel at Loch
Ossian so then decided to do
two single day loops from
Fort William covering the
same ground but doing a few
more miles, (a lot more miles
This page describes the
Ossian day the Kinlochleven
day is described here.
The two days can be
combined into a single trip
stopping off at Loch Ossian
Hostel or bunk house
Corrour, Loch Treig and the Lairig Leacach GPX
Distance 50km climb 500m