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Leum Uilleim

Leum Uilleim


Postby canisp » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:14 pm

Route description: Leum Uilleim, from Corrour Station

Corbetts included on this walk: Leum Uilleim

Date walked: 21/04/2009

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Leum Uilleim, 909 metres
OS Map 41, Grid Ref 331641
Start at Grid Ref 356664, Corrour station
Distance walked 9 km’s
Height Gain 600 metres
17 April 2009

Shortly before the end of a 300 mile overnight drive i paused on Rannoch Moor and took the first 3 photo’s below, then carried on to Fort William. Next i caught the 7:40 am south bound train which arrived on time at Corrour at 8:30 am.

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Rannoch Moor before sunrise

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Rannoch Moor before sunrise

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Rannoch Moor before sunrise

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Leum Uilleim from Corrour station

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Corrour station

The train back to Fort William was at 3:20 pm which gave me just under 7 hours to hike over Leum Uilleim, plenty of time. I first headed west to gain the ridge of An Diollaid, then south west to the summit of Beinn a’Bhric, a good viewpoint for a rest and something to eat. The cloud had lifted above most summits, the sun was shining and in another 20 minutes i was on the summit of Leum Uilleim, an excellent viewpoint with a shapely summit cairn.

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Stob Coire Easain and Loch Treig

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Pink and Grey rocks

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Pink and Grey rocks

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Stob Coire Easain and Stob Choire Mheadhoin

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Summit cairn of Leum Uilleim

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Summit cairn of Leum Uilleim

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Binnein Mor (left of centre) Ben Nevis (centre)

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Beinn na Lap and Loch Ossian

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Loch Ossian

There was no need to hurry and i spent nearly 2 hours on the summit lazing around, after which an hour’s stroll put me back at the station about 3:00 pm. The train was bang on time and i arrived back in Fort William at 4:10 pm. Later that evening i decided to grab a couple of hours sleep in the car at the end of the Glen Nevis road, before driving northwest for an early start the next day. As i rounded a bend near Achriabhach i was amazed to see the hillside ablaze. I took a few photo’s from the bridge at Achriabhach then drove a bit closer :shock: to get some more, but it was getting dark and the smoke was getting a bit thick, so i turned around and went looking for a more peaceful place to park up.

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Fire on the hillside in upper Glen Nevis

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Fire on the hillside in upper Glen Nevis
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby cjwaugh » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:02 pm

Great pictures canisp :)
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby yokehead » Wed Apr 22, 2009 8:59 pm

Marvellous photos as usual canisp. 8) I've read your 2 reports in the wrong order; so that's a 300 mile overnight drive followed by 9km and 600m, then a couple of hours sleep before your drive north. How much sleep did you then get before the marathon on the 18th and what did you do next?! 8) :)
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby canisp » Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:01 pm

yokehead wrote:How much sleep did you then get before the marathon on the 18th

About 5 hours, i slept in the car from 10:30 pm Friday night till about 4:00 am Saturday morning.

yokehead wrote:and what did you do next?! 8) :)

Ached :lol:
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On Sunday i nipped up the Graham Glas Bheinn near the east end of Loch Arkaig, before a 300 mile drive home that night.
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby maddjock » Thu Apr 23, 2009 6:58 am

canisp wrote:Ached :lol:
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lol... thats dedication... I always feel so priveleged to have such easy access to the hills when Im on them, but more so especially when reading reports like these... great pics again... :D
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby kevsbald » Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:29 pm

The dawn photos are super. I love the drop off at Corrour, you really feel then that you're quite isolated and it's just you and the hills.
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby mountain coward » Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:15 am

and the tea shop!;-)

Great report and photos... I had my eye on those mountains when I dropped off the train to do Beinn na Lap but didn't really know what they were or that they were Corbetts. Must have a go... And you really are dedicated to set yourself such a schedule. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to my bed (or getting out of it at least) and struggle to catch the early train when I'm staying at Fort William.
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby goth_angel » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:29 pm

The dawn pics are stunning.

Not done any of the hills round here yet though want to. I wonder what the logic of having a station at Corrour was?
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby Caberfeidh » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:34 pm

Deer stalking, salmon fishing and grouse shooting - it was the only way to make any dosh out of a cripplingly-taxed highland estate in Victorian times. Still is, in a lot of places in the highlands.
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby mountain coward » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:04 am

Ah - they didn't put it there for the teashop then? :wink:
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby SiBorg » Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:11 am

Is the station at Corrour normally quite busy, I was told a lot of film buffs like to act out the scene from Trainspotting there, as this was the station used in the film and they started on a walk up Leum Uilleum.

Aparently the station has had a huge facelift and they built a restaurant there too. Probably cost a fortune and be Trainspotting themed, Begbie Cakes and Baked Spud`s 8)
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby benno » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:02 pm

It has been pretty quiet the three times I've been there. There is a station house which has a bar and serves food (although the lady who runs the place was very reluctant to give me a meal when I was last there - quite why I don't know). She can also give you a room for the night. Didn't see any film buffs, just walkers and estate workers.
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby benno » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:04 pm

also I should say all three times I was there were this year so I can't imagine it has changed since then.
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby LeithySuburbs » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:16 pm

benno wrote:also I should say all three times I was there were this year so I can't imagine it has changed since then.


I was there about 2 months ago and her lease was up at the end of November and she was moving on. No one seemed to know what the estate had planned for it next. Call me soft but it was a great way to spend time in the "wilderness" with showers, bed, heating, breakfast and dinner :lol: . No youth hostel for me :lol:
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Re: Leum Uilleim

Postby magicdin » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:21 pm

goth_angel wrote:The dawn pics are stunning.

Not done any of the hills round here yet though want to. I wonder what the logic of having a station at Corrour was?


explanation here
http://www.corrour.co.uk/

break from SH ?? :)
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