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    Default What to do for a 60th Birthday? Well lets see...

    Loch Ossian is high on Rannoch Moor and can be reached by train on the West Highland Line getting off at Corrour Station and walking a mile to the loch.
    However the slight problem is that it's not possible to get a 15 foot canoe on the train and even if I could I doubt I would be able to portage a mile.

    I wondered if there was another way of getting there and Googling “Loch Ossian” and “Corrour” I discovered a very smart looking web site for the Corrour Estate. To my pleasant surprise they have self-catering accommodation. An email enquiry and a very friendly reply had me planning and wondering if the weather would cooperate. Although very doubtful there was a possible day or two that might be reasonable for paddling and a last minute booking was made.


    With a wind warning on the Skye Bridge and a wet drive I arrived at the turn off well past six and had to drive the 11 miles of forest and hill road to the lodge in the dark.

    Birthday Morning


    No epic journey planned, just enjoy a bit of light paddling, a coffee, scenery and relaxation.





    Then back for a late afternoon snack and a short walk to see what I could photograph.





    Could day 2 be as good?



    I was paddling west in the lee of the hills and on the sunny side of the loch.



    Another break in a bay. At the far west end of the loch the hills give way to the open Rannoch Moor and the wind was a bit strong so I decided to save the last kilometre for another time. A good reason to return!

    Then it was back down the loch - 5 miles of relaxation all in.



    The next day was windy and wet so a short walk gave way to coffee, music and a good book in a warm apartment.

    Finally the last day was squally snow and sunny periods so a chance to get some more pictures.





    Then time to head home and some final views shrouded in mist and a little snow.





    Corrour Estate gets a big vote in my book, very friendly and helpful staff, nice warm accommodation and a fantastic location.

    I think I'll be back there again.



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    Wonderful photos and blog. Looks like you can tick something off the bucket list - it's on mine (a few days/weeks paddling in a remote place).

    Wish I was there.

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    What a neat area. I too wish I was there. And most of all, happy 60th. birthday!

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    Thanks

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    Happy Birthday! Well, slightly belated.

    Magnificent place to spend it!

    Great photos, as always.

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    A belated happy birthday Martin - cracking blog and photos.
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    Great looking place and fantastic scenery, well captured for a now golden oldie
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    A belated happy birthday, can't think of a better way of spending it. Excellent blogg with stunning pics. Thanks for sharing.

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    Looks like a fantastic way to spend your birthday!
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    Great bloggage from a fantastic looking place.

    Oh, and Happy 60th!
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    Chocolate cake? Happy birthday....
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    A great blogg and a great way to spend your birthday. I did not get paddling on last years birthday so must try harder this year.

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    What have you done? I have a 60th coming up in less than 2 yrs? Guess you know what I am going to treat myself to?
    Belated Happy Birthday
    Beautiful photos of gorgeous scenery, gonna check out the estate now

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    BTW, in which winter month is your birthday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundowner View Post
    BTW, in which winter month is your birthday?
    March - some variety of weather this year!

    And thank you to everyone for the birthday greetings.

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    Stunning!


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    Wow, what a beautiful loch.

    Belated congratulations from me too.

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    My 60th will be in January 2014, hope it's a mild winter LOL

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    Stunning photos! What a beautiful place to spend your birthday.

    Thanks for sharing,

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    I missed this blog the first time round, just over two years ago, and a fair amount of water has flowed under thousands of bridges since it was first posted, but it is well worth a belated bump for the excellent photographs of some stunning scenery! I hope your recent 62nd birthday was as good as your 60th!
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    Cheers.

    The last but one picture is Loch Ghuilbinn.

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    Once again the last man home again tonight...

    What a stunning place to spend a birthday and many, many happy returns to such a place!


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    Stunning is best way to describe the scenery there , Beautiful day here in the B.Beacons today too though .

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    Amazing that that scenery is less than a mile from a train station
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    well worth a bump! - Good work RH.

    Lovely photo's and scenery - That was a fantastic birthday treat.
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    Very nice!........great pics!
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