|On Carn Dearg|
|A bit windy on Sgor Gaibhre|
We were early to Corrour Station House, around half an hour or so, but that wasn't a problem - our hosts suggested we snuggled by the wood-burning stove and brought us some drinks. Moving to our table later, we were then served delicious food and enjoyed a couple of hours good craic. We needed to finish up by 9pm, as the train to Tulloch was due shortly thereafter. So reluctantly we got our kit together and headed onto the platform. Train arrived bang on time and speed off with us to Tulloch. Arriving there we were greeted at the hostel and shown our rooms - very cosy indeed !
Up next morning, the group tucked into a hearty cooked breakfast put on by the hostel owners and talked about the day ahead. One of the group was suffering from a long term back injury, so decided to pull out of the planned walk. Her friend decided to keep her company, then the others realised they'd already been up Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain before and decided to give these peaks a miss and just do Beinn na Lap. I suspect the windy weather and low cloud took a part in their decisions ! The plan was therefore changed, the group would enjoy a lazy morning pottering around Tulloch, then take the train to Corrour to then walk up Beinn na Lap while I aimed Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain and met them at the station.
So I headed off on my own, conscious of the clock. Up Stob Coire Sgriodain first, sheltered most of the way until reaching the exposed summit crest where the westerly wind battered full-on. Over to Chno Dearg in thick mist required concentrating on navigation. Then down to Corrour - no photos taken at all.
I arrived at the station with a few minutes to spare before the train arrived and the group alighted. From there it was up and down Beinn na Lap, pretty text-book style. It was windy on the summit with mist for most of the way above 800m, but the occasional break allowed a photo or two. We returned to the station, where we had around an hour and a half before our train arrived. So into the Station House Restaurant where we savoured a lovely bowl of soup by the fire - bliss !
A great weekend with lovely company. We can thoroughly recommend the Corrour Station House for its food and hospitality and Tulloch Station Lodge for its comfortable accommodation and hearty breakfasts. We'll be back again next year !
More photos are on our Flickr site.