Bothy Trip

The area west of Corrour station has numerous bothies and it was to one of these four of us were headed for an evening, three from Corrour station itself, the other from Kinlochleven.

It is such a nice change to start and finish off a trip in to the hills by train rather than car and after the journey up from Glasgow to Corrour Station, three of us set off with heavy loads on our backs, all the usual kit plus 5kg of coal apiece. From Kinlochleven to the west, the kindling was being brought in separately.

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Grey from the start but thankfully the rain held off most of the way in to our abode for the night, only in the last hour or so did heavy drizzle start, but the bothy was a warming sight ahead. We arrived to find the place empty and settled in upstairs and got in to dry clothes. Where was our kindling though?

Thankfully, we were all present within another hour and the much needed kindling to get our room toasty was being worked on.

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Warmth! Did we bring enough coal in? Yes, our fire was stoked for a good seven hours and was still giving off some heat in the morning. The next visitors will have been pleasantly surprised with what was left behind too.

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After heavy rain through the night, it took a lot to convince me that the noise I could hear was not more rain on the roof. It was in fact a burn behind the bothy running and the sky was blue and cloudless. A great day ahead then – lovely weather and much lighter rucksacks without our load of coal.

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We would return to our start points and parted company just west of the bothy enjoying the first of the sun’s light bringing the hillsides to life and burning off areas of mist on summits near and far. Our own route back to Corrour was much less direct, taking in the nearby hill of Glas Bheinn before dropping down to Staoineag to pick up the track back to the station passing Loch Trieg en-route.

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This was my second ascent of Glas Bheinn and the views were amazing all day, even with shifting mist obscuring things partly up top for a brief spell. It was definitely fresh, but not that fresh for the time of year and we lingered a while with no real time pressure to enjoy the views over the hills in every direction.

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Continuing north, we were soon dropping down towards Staoineag with the light already fading in strength, but not in the striking effects it was having on ground ahead. We enjoyed that light all the way till Loch Treig where the last hints of sunset were seen on the hills above it.

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It’s not that far on the map from Loch Treig back to the station but we were all suffering from heavy loads the previous day and tender feet, ankles, knees etc and that station could not come soon enough, even though our arrival would incur waiting in the cold for the train.

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The clear skies continued and soon the stars and moon were our company as we changed in to warmer gear and waited.

The sight of a train coming up a remote glen is quite a welcome sight and the warmth within and comfy seats were a great end to a great weekend overall.

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