Ran­noch Moor Routes 10-12

A three-day route into the Scot­land's most sav­age scenery

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Ran­noch Moor. Right in the mid­dle of the High­lands, it’s 15 miles of noth­ing much at all. Peat bog, heather and a scat­ter of gran­ite boul­ders. The Glen­coe Mac­don­alds came through this way – once they were in among the peat pools, there was no point chas­ing af­ter them and the cows they stole off you. Seven rail­way sur­vey­ors with um­brel­las tried to cross in January 1889 and al­most lost their lives.

To­day, though, there’s a way across that misses all that. No sink­ing waist deep in the peat; no wan­der­ing be­wil­dered among swampy pools. You can en­joy the cold whis­per­ing of the wind, the cries of geese on moor­land lochans and the bleak, ochre bones of the peat-pre­served pines from a se­ries of firm-footed track­ways (with a short sog­gier sec­tion on Route 11). This is a rea­son­ably easy three-day trip through some of Scot­land’s most sav­age scenery.

TRANS­PORT

The only way to re­turn from the end of the walk at Cor­rour is by

train, which links back to the start at Bridge of Orchy (with coach and train links). Both sta­tions are served by the Cale­do­nian Sleeper High­land route be­tween Lon­don and Fort Wil­liam, www.sleeper. scot. White Cor­ries has coaches back to Bridge of Orchy or south to Glas­gow; Ran­noch Sta­tion is also on the West High­land Rail­way. www.scotrail.co.uk; www. ci­tylink.co.uk; www.trav­e­line.info 0871 200 2233

PUBS/GRUB

Bridge of Orchy Ho­tel www. brid­ge­o­forchy.co.uk; In­veroran Ho­tel www.in­veroran.com; Kings House Ho­tel www. king­shouse­ho­tel.co.uk; Ran­noch Sta­tion Tea­room www. ran­nochsta­tion­tea­room.co.uk; Cor­rour Sta­tion House restau­rant www.cor­rour.co.uk/ sta­tion-house/restau­rant.

AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

Bridge of Orchy Ho­tel with bunkhouse, also West High­land Way Sleeper bunkhouse at the sta­tion; In­veroran Ho­tel; Kings House Ho­tel with bunkhouse; Moor of Ran­noch Ho­tel at Ran­noch Sta­tion (01882) 633238 www.moo­rofran­noch.co.uk; Loch Os­sian Youth Hos­tel (01397) 732207

PRAC­TI­CAL­I­TIES

Pack your wild camp­ing gear and stock up at Tyn­drum, which has fuel, cafés, shops, bunkhouse and ho­tels.

TOURIST INFO

Tyn­drum TIC (01838) 400246; ac­com­mo­da­tion pages on www.west-high­land-way.co.uk; www.visits­cot­land.com; www.kin­lochran­noch.com

Across Ran­noch Moor to dis­tant (cen­tre) Ben Ne­vis.

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