Dalwhinnie to Fort William Trek

This is an account of a walk from Dalwhinnie to Fort William via the Bealach Dubh and Loch Ossian.

Here is an overview of the walk and a few photos.

To see an enlargement of any photo, left click it.

I took the bus to Dalwhinnie, walked along the A889 road as far as the garage then left under the railway bridge and into Ben Alder Estate, from here it is an easy road along the loch side and over towards Loch Pattack and my first night stop at Culra Bothy. Bothy currently CLOSED due to asbestos.
Dalwhinnie Loch Ericht Loch Pattack Culra Bothy Inside Culra Bothy
Turn left here
to Loch Ericht
The road along
Loch Ericht
Loch Pattack
Culra Bothy
Inside Culra Bothy
The bothy at Culra is maintained by the Mountain Bothy Association and a very popular shelter for walkers in the Ben Alder area, there are 3 rooms, plenty raised sleeping space and a very welcome fire.
Day 2 Bealach Dubh Wreakage Bridge Ossian Estate
Day 2
a bit misty.
The Bealach Dubh
Aircraft wreakage.
at the bealach
A welcome bridge
Ossian Estate
The next day was a bit misty and wet, but it was onward towards the highest point at the Bealach Dubh where there is some aircraft wreakage from the 1940s, then downhill and across the stream and onto a rather muddy path towards Loch Ossian.
Corrour Station Corrour Loch Ossian Staoineag Bothy Aonach Beag
Corrour Station
Loch Treig
Staoineag Bothy
Day 3
Aonach Beag
At the south west end of Loch Ossian sits the SYHA hostel and the station at Corrour, this is where I turned north west heading for Loch Treig and an overnight stay at Staoineag Bothy. Next day was bright and sunny and I headed for Glen Nevis.
Glen Nevis Steall Waterfall Right of Way Car park SYHA Glen Nevis
Glen Nevis
Steall Waterfall
Just a reminder
of the distance
Glen Nevis
car park
Glen Nevis
On the last leg now, heading for Aonach Beag and Glen Nevis. The end of the mud had arrived at last when I reached the car park, but the last few miles were on the road and seemed to take forever, finally the hostel at Glen Nevis was a welcome sight.

Next morning, up early for the 07.45 bus from Fort Willaim to Perth via Glasgow and the end of a very enjoyable trip.

A Few Statistics
Mileage 46 miles
Total Ascent: 1160 m
Total Descent: 1521 m
Walking time 19hrs 30mins
Average speed 2.5mph

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