Loch Ossian is a small stretch of water ringed by hills and mountains and situated at the heart of Rannoch Moor.
This immensely peaceful place has amazing scenery. There is a man-made island, or crannog, dating from the Iron Age, that has been constructed near the southern shore and there are many wooded areas and small shingle beaches to enjoy.
The place is a paradise for walking and wildlife watching and is away from tarmac roads and with no car access at all - a walk to this remote area across the moor from Rannoch Station is about 9 miles.
A good level 7 mile track runs around Loch Ossian and makes for a fabulous day's walk or mountain bike run. In the spring, yellow and pink rhododendrons are in full bloom near the path on the north east shore. Sightings of red deer are a regular occurrence and walkers may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of more elusive species such as pine martens, otters, red squirrels, grouse and golden eagles.
For more energetic walks, there are many hills and mountains to choose from including Meall nan Lice at 1906 ft (583 m) and Carn Dearg at 3090 ft (939 m) on the east shore and the great flank of Beinn na Lap at 3068 ft (953 m) to the west.
As with all hillwalking in Scotland, an Ordnance Survey map, together with appropriate clothing and experience, is recommended. Walkers should note that conditions can quickly become challenging in this remote area.
Getting there by railway:- Rannoch Station and Corrour Station are the closest stations to Loch Ossian - from there walk to the loch shore. Rail stations are also located at Pitlochry and Blair Atholl.
Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow or Edinburgh airports follow the A9 north past Pitlochry to its junction with the B8019. Follow the B8019 west to the village of Kinloch Rannoch, then take the B846 further west still to reach Rannoch Station. Loch Ossian can be accessed either by walking from Rannoch Station (across the moor) or taking the short train journey to Corrour Station and then a short walk to the loch shore.
Getting there by ferry:- From the port of Rosyth follow the M90 to Perth and then the A9 north to Pitlochry. Continue on the A9 north of Pitlochry until reaching the junction with the B8019. Follow the B8019 west to the village of Kinloch Rannoch, then take the B846 further west still to reach Rannoch Station. Loch Ossian can be accessed either by walking from Rannoch Station (across the moor) or taking the short train journey to Corrour Station and then a short walk to the loch shore.
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