Carn Dearg from Sgor Gaibhre

Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre

A bike-hike from Rannoch to the Munros south of Loch Ossian

With the estate paths being upgraded, cycling to the foot of the Munros surrounding Loch Ossian is a joy. This route takes the most direct line to bag Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre.

Route outline

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Carn Dearg

Sgor Gaibhre


Meall na Meoig

Walk ascent 920m (3010ft)
         distance 10km (6m)
         time 4:00hr
Bike ascent 350m (1140ft)
         distance 17km (11m)
         time 1:10hr
Start/finish Loch Eigheach, by Rannoch Station
Grid Ref : NN446578
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Starting from near Rannoch Station, a fine estate track heads into the wilderness surrounding Loch Ossian. Approaching the highest point on the track, you'll come across the ruins of Old Corrour Estate, from where an enjoyable yomp over heather and grass leads up to the Munros of Carn Dearg and Sgor Gaibhre.

If Munro bagging, the easiest route is to about-turn. However, the Corbett peak of Meall na Meoig is only 3km south of Sgor Gaibhre and hiking over this makes for a tougher and more challenging route.

Route map

Route description

1. Getting to Loch Eigheach

Looking through Old Corrour Lodge to Leum Uilleim

West of Pitlochry the B8019 follows the northern shore to Tummel Bridge, from where the B846 continues to Kinloch Rannoch and eventually Rannoch Station. Loch Eigheach is around 2km before reaching the end of the public road. There is limited roadside car-parking for 3 or 4 vehicles.

2. Carn Dearg

Looking up Carn Dearg from Old Corrour Lodge

On the north side of the road, by a right-of-way sign, a track heads north-west under some pylons. Follow this track for around 3km to cross the Allt Eigheach via a recently upgraded bridge .

Now on the west bank of the river, pass a large store then head around a forest . Come to a junction in the tracks - if you're cycling and intending to return over Meall na Meoig, you'll need to leave bikes here.

Keep on the main track (left) and continue for a further 4km to reach the ruins of Old Corrour Lodge and if cycling, leave bikes here.

Carn Dearg looms directly above to the north-west. You can pick up a faint trod on the north bank of the burn coming down from Carn Dearg. Ahead, some green grassy areas break up the dark heather clad slopes - keep aiming for these breaks to gain the ground above the heather, from where an easy hike leads to Carn Dearg's summit with its large, well formed cairn.

3. Sgor Gaibhre

Aiming to Sgor Gaibhre from Carn Dearg

From Carn Dearg's summit, pick up a path initially heading east, then north-east down Carn Dearg's north-eastern shoulder. The path becomes more obvious further on as it cuts a way through heather to arrive at the belach, Mam Ban (meaning 'white pass') . The bealach is peaty and can be quite soggy.

Easy progress continuing along the path as it starts climbing gently uphill on Sgor Gaibhre's grass-covered western shoulder. Some impressive erratic boulders are passed on the way. A small pile of stones marks the summit of Sgor Gaibhre .

4. Return to Corrour

Beginning a descent of Carn Dearg

The easiest route is to hike back up Carn Dearg and retrace your steps to drop back to the ruins of Old Corrour Lodge. After picking up your bike, enjoy a free-wheel for the most part back to Rannoch.

5. Alternative return via Meall na Meoig

The Corbett, Meall na Meoig lies some 3 km south of Sgor Gaibhre. The terrain is quite rough with occasional patches of boulderfield to tackle or go around and there are no paths as substantial as that between the Munros to follow.

The summit of Meall na Meoig is an interesting spot, being just above two lochans.

When I last took this route I hiked over Beinn Pharlagain , then followed the rough ground on east bank of the Allt Eigheach back to the bridge. However, there's now a track starting from a small hydro scheme over the Allt Eigeach, taking this would avoid much of the rough terrain and lead back the the main track, just north of the patch of forestry .

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