Bit of a change and snow forecast. Pete off to the Cairngorms- me planning for Ossian and Assynt.

Today is my golf day and the weather should hold till we are finished. Golf cancelled to much frost !Pete my mate is up for a few weeks and off to the “Coire Of the People” in the Cairngorms to do some instructor stuff on the “Twin Ribs”. He is meeting with a mate who is working on his outdoor tickets. They should have good day before the snow comes, but beware the danger maybe”falling instructors”

The Cairngorms.

The Cairngorms.

I am planning for my two days at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel this weekend a remote spot in the Rannoch Moor where they filmed part of the Train spotting film! It is either a big walk/bike in or the train. It is another place of great memories for me on my Big Walks across Scotland.   The trains are pretty useless on the way back so we will see what the weather brings. Why is British Rail only running one train on a Sunday through such an amazing place?

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel.

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel.

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is a small, homely eco youth hostel, situated on the banks of Loch Ossian with exquisite views. Our eco hostel has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen but no fridge. Perishables can be kept cool in the north facing washrooms or in the loch! Drying is available on two overhead racks and boot stands by the fire. Although there are no showers, the wash rooms have hot water and towels are available for hire or purchase. Loch Ossian has a small shop with ‘Beyond the Beaten Track’ ready meals, a range of snacking essentials, postcards and sundries, such as midge repellent! At Loch Ossian Youth Hostel the staff are very proud of the eco-hostel status. Electricity is provided by a wind turbine, composting toilets are used and a reed bed is used to soak away for grey water.

Accommodation at Loch Ossian is only available in multi-share but groups and families do have the option of booking a dorm room for exclusive use. Children and families are most welcome at Loch Ossian Youth Hostel and there is a range of games and activities for families at the hostel. In extreme weather the youth hostel normally remains open during the day. Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is an excellent base for hillwalkers, as it is surrounded by Munros.

Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is only accessible by rail, bike, or foot. Corrour railway station (West Highlands Glasgow to Fort William line). Loch Ossian Youth Hostel is a short, approximately 20 minute walk from the station along a well-made track.


After that I hope to go up to Assynt with Pete on Monday for two days so I am getting about. It is great to be feeling better but still trying to take it easy?

202 Sqn Forward Base !

202 Sqn Forward Base ! in the Cairngorms.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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