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This route involves a fair bit of trail walking but as compensation the scenery is wonderful with grey cliffs, river valleys, moors and lochs abounding. The target is a remote Corbett - Baosbheinn - with the potential for a second.

Begin from a small car park at a shed alongside the A832 road at the outflow of the Am Feur-loch. Cross the outflow by a wooden bridge and take the good track SE leading after about 5km to stepping stones across the Abhainn Loch na h-Oidhche (886 677). Continue for about one km and cross a wooden bridge just below the outflow of Loch na h-Oidhche.

Cross the moor, climbing gradually into the An Reidh-choire. Further up the coire, move onto the NE spur descending from Baosbheinn and climb this to gain the summit at 875m. (From here, it is straightforward to descend SE over two minor tops and so down the ridge to the south end of Loch na h-Oidhche. There is a small bothy and a howff at its SE end, from where an ascent of Beinn an Eoin (905 646, 855m) is easily made. The ridge of Beinn an Eoin can then be traversed NNW before descending to pick up the trail just north of Loch na h-Oidhche and so back to the road.)

Assuming Baosbheinn alone is the route, from its summit traverse its main ridge NW taking in three minor tops to reach its end at Creag an Fhithich (738m). Drop down its NE flank and cross NNE across the moor to reach a bridge at 866 694, by which the Abhainn a'Garbh Choire may be safely crossed. (None of these bridges are shown on the OS Sheet.) Picture shows Baosbheinn from the west.

Go east across the bogs to pick up a bulldozed track, leading to the main track. There are about three km left of trail bashing before the A832 is regained and you can remove your boots with relief! As one of the interest points on the walk, just below the outflow from Loch na h-Oidhche the burn makes an unusual divergence, splitting into two. Conventional knowledge has it that this was man-made for flood control; the alternative story is that it was made to guarantee a view of the waterfall at what are now called Victoria Falls below Loch Garbhaig, when that monarch was on a visit. Take your pick!

 

Maps: OS Sheet 19 'Gairloch & Ullapool, Loch Maree'
Distance: 19 km
Ascent: 800 m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: Go along Loch Maree to the Loch Maree Hotel, or down Glen Torridon itself for either the Loch Torridon Hotel or, if time allows, continue further west to the delightful village of Shieldaig with its averagely friendly hotel.

 

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