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Corbett bagging: Leum Uilleim, Corrour

Written by Fiona

April 08 2022

While Leum Uilleim is one of Scotland’s most remote Corbetts, it’s relatively easy to reach thanks to the nearby Corrour station on the West Highland Line. Check the ScotRail timetable to access Corrour. It is perfectly possible to bag Leum Uilleim between trains if you a careful with planning. You should be aware that the trains are sometimes cancelled!

Walk of Leum Uilleim

I walked Leum Uilleim the day before my last Munro, Beinn na Lap.

Arriving from the north (Spean Bridge to Corrour) I alighted at Corrour at 12.30pm. My friend Ben came from the south (Crianlarich to Corrour) and arrived an hour earlier. He waited for me at the Station House cafe and restaurant close to the platform. Note: This was in the summer season and the Station House may operate different opening hours in winter.

The walk to the summit of Leum Uilleim at 909m is hugely aided by the fact that Corrour is the UK’s highest mainline station. It sits at around 400m above sea level, which means there is a height gain of only around 500m to the top.

Reaching the Corbett is also relatively straightforward once you have crossed the railway line. Ben and I decided to walk a circuit route in a clockwise direction.

There are trods for most of the route although on the lower sections, where it is a big boggy, we did go off route a few times.

On a fine day, navigating isn’t too demanding. We enjoyed a pleasant stroll uphill in a southerly and south-westerly direction. Looking back over Corrour estate, we were treated to wide open views of moorland and rounded mountains.

Corrour is home to three Munros and two Corbetts, including Leum Uilleim. My final Munro, Beinn na Lap, was clear to see to the north-east and with picturesque Loch Ossian at the base.

Summit cairn.

We encountered a few patches of snow after a late dump the previous week. The views from the top revealed even greater vistas of wider Rannoch Moor.

To descend, we headed west for a short while, then north and then to the NNE. We picked up a wide track and strolled back downhill with a constant view of Beinn na Lap before us.

There were also stunning views north along Loch Treig.

I was keeping my fingers crossed that the weather would be kind the following day because I had about 40 people arriving by train, bike and on foot to walk Beinn na Lap with me.

There is a lovely hostel at Loch Ossian if you fancy staying for longer than “between trains”.

Leum Uilleim route details

Distance: 10k

Total elevation: 595m

Route: Strava and OS Maps.

Corbetts bagged: 82

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