Leum Uilleim above Corrour Halt

Leum Uilleim from Corrour

A circular hillwalking route up Leum Uilleim from Corrour Halt

On the West Highland Line, Corrour Halt sits in an isolated spot in remote moorland. From this station, a short hillwalk heading up the broad shoulders of Leum Uilleim can be enjoyed on a circular route.

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Leum Uilleim

Ascent 550m (1800ft)
Distance 10km (6m)
Time 3:25hr
Start/finish Corrour Halt
Grid Ref : NN356664
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South-west of Loch Ossian, Leum Uilleim overlooks a soggy heather and grass moorland landscape. This Corbett is a rugged hill with two broad shoulders rising above Corrour Halt and encircling Coir' a' Bhric Beag.

Terrain on Leum Uilleim's eastern shoulder is fairly rough above 500m with only faint traces of path to find, otherwise most of this circular route follows ATV tracks.

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1. Getting to Corrour Halt

Train at Corrour Halt

Train at Corrour Halt

Corrour Halt is the country's highest train station and is on the West Highland Line which travels from Glasgow to Fort William and onto Mallaig. Corrour Halt can't be accessed by road, the nearest stations that can are Rannoch to the south and Tulloch to the north.

Should you not wish to travel to Corrour by train, there are fine estate tracks that can be cycled or walked on instead. One travels for the best part of 30km from Moy on Loch Laggan, another slightly shorter route but with more climbing heads in from Loch Eigheach near Rannoch Station.

Open from April to October is Corrour Station House Restaurant - worth making a reservation if you fancy something to eat after your time on the hills.

The SYHA Ossian Hostel is a lovely place to stay if you fancy spending more time here.

2. Leum Uilleim

Soggy ground below Leum Uilleim

Soggy ground below Leum Uilleim

From Corrour Halt, cross over the railway line at northern end of the station and head through a gate. By a right-of-way signpost which indicates some longer routes, initially follow some obvious ATV tracks heading south-west.

Depending on the season and recent weather, ground underfoot can be a bit soggy, but persist following the tracks as they gently climb around 150m over 1.5km. Where the tracks turn south , leave them and you should be able to see evidence of a faint path heading directly up the crest of Leum Uilleum's eastern shoulder, Sron an Lagain Ghaibh.

The path comes and goes as it makes its way onto Leum Uilleum's summit plateau, from where a short walk leads to the large cairn on the top.

Summit of Leum Uilleim with Beinn na Lap beyond

Summit of Leum Uilleim with Beinn na Lap beyond

Expansive views in all directions !

Summit of Leum Uilleim with Beinn na Lap beyond

Summit of Leum Uilleim with Beinn na Lap beyond

3. Return to Corrour Halt

The tracks on Leum Uilleim's northern shoulder

The tracks on Leum Uilleim's northern shoulder

The shortest return is to about-turn and re-trace your steps back to Corrour Halt.

An finer alternative begins by heading west from the summit down a predominantly grass-covered slope, with occasional boulderfield, to the bealach at the head of Coir' a'Bhric Beac .

The minor top of Beinn a' Bhric overlooks this bealach and only a short detour is needed to reach its summit for more fine views.

At the bealach more ATV tracks can be picked up. These aim northwards around Beinn a'Bhric, join with another set coming from the south-west, then descend Leum Uilleum's broad northern shoulder, Tom an Eoin. OS maps give the wrong impression of a track and I couldn't see the cairn marked at the 780m contour !

At bottom of ATV tracks looking back up to Leum Uilleim

At bottom of ATV tracks looking back up to Leum Uilleim

Lower down the tracks briefly encounter rough ground on An Diollaid before reaching very soggy moorland. By a large boulder , the ATV tracks meet with a decent track which is followed for around 1km back to Corrour Halt.

At bottom of ATV tracks looking back up to Leum Uilleim

At bottom of ATV tracks looking back up to Leum Uilleim

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