Monday, 25 May 2015
Corrour – excellent family meal in the wilderness to celebrate Netta's 91st
Corrour Station House @1338 feet above sea level
On Saturday we had a family celebration to mark Netta's 91st birthday on Wednesday 20th May at Corrour Station House. Railway buffs will be familar with Corrour in the middle of the desolate Rannoch Moor, which apart from a rough, private road, is only accessible by rail. Corrour is on the Glasgow to Mallaig via Fort William line and 17 miles from the nearest metalled public road.
Despite being in the middle of nowhere there is a Youth Hostel at Corrour and the very good Corrour Station House restaurant, which also has four rooms run by Ollie Bennett and Lizzie MacKenzie.
The bleak moorland looking westwards
The line northwards towards Spean Bridge and Fort William
Corrour Station and the Station House to the left
Tulloch Station looking north-west
Towards Corrour and Rannoch Moor
Early Saturday evening we caught the southbound train from Tulloch Station just after 6pm. Tulloch is about a 15-minute journey to Corrour sharply uphill all the way.
Understandably the Corrour Station House is well set up to serve three courses and then get guests onto the last train at around 21.30 northwards to Tulloch and stations to Mallaig.
We had an extremely good meal – no need to make allowances for the restaurant's isolation.
11-strong family group
Home smoked trout
Loin of venison
A very clever dessert – chocolate and rhubarb cake
Two bottles from the short but well-chosen wine list:
Picpoul de Pinet and an Argentinian Malbec
Restaurant view westwards .... and eastwards below
Ollie Bennett and Lizzie MacKenzie with Netta