MUNRO-BAGGING WEEKEND WALKS: FORT WILLIAM TO CORROUR

...via the Grey Corries. Amazing walk ideas for linking Scotland's highest mountains in accessible locations for unfogettable weekend routes

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A linear journey featuring a glorious ridge traverse

Start/finish Glen Nevis youth hostel (GR: NN127717)

Distance 36km

Munros Sgurr Choinnich Mor (1094m), Stob Coire an Laoigh (1116m), Stob Coire Claurigh (1177m ), Stob Ban (977m)

Sleep Camp between Lairig Leacach and Loch Treig

Transport Trains to Fort William at the start of the route and Corrour at the end; bus to Nevis hostel

THE GREY CORRIES make up one of the finest mountain ridges in the Highlands, a thin twisting line above the pale quartzite screes that give the range its name.

There are four Munros here and several subsidiary tops, spread over some 6km. They can all be climbed on a two-day trip from Fort William to Corrour that is 36km long and involves 2,000m of ascent.

The walk starts in lower Glen Nevis then climbs through the impressive Nevis gorge to the upper glen and a view of the splendid Steall Falls.

After two more kilometres angle up the grassy slopes to the north to the col between Stob Coire Bhealaich and Sgurr Choinnich Beag, the most westerly of the Grey Corries peaks. The glorious traverse of the ridge follows, ending with a descent to the Lairig Leacach and its tiny bothy.

The route now continues more gently downwards beside the Allt na Lairige to Loch Treig. There are many possible camp sites along this stretch. From the loch a track runs to the railway line and then beside it across open moorland to Corrour station.

Words and photo: Chris Townsend